App State’s smart game was a bad move for bettors

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Bettors who had Appalachia State -7.5 points were very upset with how the Mountaineers game ended against Marshall.

App State (3-1) beat the Thundering Herd 31-30 in an entertaining game Thursday night. That result could have been 38-30, but Appalachian State RB Nate Noel opted to go down before the goal line instead of scoring a touchdown.

Noel’s decision was smart – and the right one from a football perspective. Appalachian State took the ball by one with three minutes left in their own 10. The offensive line started to open up huge holes for Noel and he took advantage. It only took App State four Christmas passes to arrive at the Marshall 27.

After Noel broke that 41-yard run to get into Marshall territory, Marshall called his final timeout and spelled out the game plan. Marshall (2-2) needed App State to score to get the ball back with a tie and overtime chance.

As App State handed him over again at Christmas with 1:30 to go, Marshall’s players made no attempt to tackle him. He realized this and fell to 5. Marshall’s strategy was thwarted. And the same was true for the bets of those who had the Mountaineers minus the points.

Appalachian State simply ran out of time and took the win.

Although the spread was affected by Noel’s play, the total was not. App State pushed the total over/under 59 with a field goal with 5:45 left. If the total had been three points higher, Noel’s smart play would have ruined two results for the bettors.

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