College football: App State will bowl at the beach – Reuters

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Appalachia State quarterback Zac Thomas. Photo courtesy of Sun Belt Conference

Appalachian Sports Information

BOONE, NC — App State is back to bowling again, this time at the beach.

After capping an 8-3 regular season with a 34-26 victory over rival Georgia Southern, the Mountaineers accepted an invitation to play North Texas (4-5) in the first Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday, Dec. 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 season-record eighth national television appearance and sixth bowl appearance in as many playoff-eligible FBS seasons. With a 5-0 bowl record since the 2014 transition, it’s the only FBS program without a loss or tie in at least five appearances.

The Mountaineers and North Texas Mean Green will meet for the first time. UNT, coached by Seth Littrell, went 4-5 in the regular season, including a 3-4 mark in Conference USA games to finish fourth in the Western Division. App State is 2-0 in bowl games against C-USA opponents (2018 vs. Middle Tennessee and 2019 vs. UAB in the New Orleans Bowl).

The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be the Mountaineers’ fourth different bowling venue, as they won back-to-back Camellia Bowl games in Montgomery, Alabama from 2015-2016 and threw a shutout at the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama , before winning. consecutive New Orleans Bowl games in 2018-19.

Shawn Clark made his head coaching debut in the 31-17 win over UAB in last year’s New Orleans Bowl, and this year’s team clinched second place in the division. East of 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, Georgia, and edged 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 to teams with a combined 27-2 record.

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