Sports information from the Appalachians
BOONE, NC – App State is going bowling again, this time at the beach.
After finishing an 8-3 regular season with a 34-26 victory over rival Georgia Southern, the Mountaineers accepted an invitation to play against North Texas (4-5) in the inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday, December 21.
The game at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. Information on ticket availability will be finalized in the coming days.
App State will make its eighth national television appearance of the season, a record breaking, and its sixth bowl appearance in as many FBS qualifying seasons in the playoffs. With a 5-0 record since the 2014 transition, it is the only FBS program without a defeat or a draw in at least five appearances.
The Mountaineers and North Texas Mean Green will meet for the first time. UNT, coached by Seth Littrell, was 4-5 in the regular season, including a 3-4 record in US Conference games to finish fourth in the West Division. App State is 2-0 in bowl games against opponents from C-USA (2018 against Middle Tennessee and 2019 against UAB in the New Orleans Bowl).
The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be the Mountaineers’ fourth different bowl venue, as they won back-to-back Camellia Bowl games in Montgomery, Ala. From 2015 through 2016, and kicked off a Dollar General Bowl shutout in Mobile, Alabama, before winning. back-to-back New Orleans Bowl games in 2018-19.
Shawn Clark made his head coach debut in the 31-17 victory over UAB in last year’s New Orleans Bowl, and this year’s team clinched second place in the East Division. the Sun Belt Conference after winning at least a share of the last four league titles.
On Saturday, the Mountaineers erased a 14-0 deficit in Statesboro, Ga., And outscored Georgia Southern by a 24-3 margin in the first 17-plus minutes of the second half.
App State’s three losses this season are for teams with a combined 27-2 record.