No. 13 Football Defeats No. 9 Appalachian State to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals
BOONE, N.C. – Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) threw for 250 yards and three scores and the Black Bear defense came up big as the No. 13 Maine football team defeated #9 Appalachian State 34-12 in a NCAA Second Round Game on Saturday. Maine is now 9-3 while Appalachian State finishes its year at 8-4.
Maine got on the board first as Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) found Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) racing towards the endzone for a 44-yard score.
Appalachian State responded with an Andrew Peacock 20-yard touchdown reception from Jamal Jackson. Doug Alston (East Orange, N.J.) was able to block the point after and Maine held a 7-6 lead three minutes into the second quarter.
Smith found Aultman again, this time for a 35-yard score with 4:51 left in the half. Maine had the extra point blocked, and the Black Bears went into halftime with a 13-6 lead.
The Black Bears forced the Mountaineers to a three-and-out on their second possession of the third quarter, and would capitalize on good field position as Smith found John Ebeling (Mahwah, N.J.) for his first collegiate catch, a 21-yard score.
The Black Bears again forced the Mountaineers to punt on their next possession, and David Hood (Galloway, N.J.) quickly extended the lead to 27-6 with a 54-yard touchdown rush with 6:12 left in the quarter.
The Mountaineers came back to make it 27-12 six seconds into the fourth quarter on a Tavaris Cadet one-yard rush. The extra point missed wide and the Black Bears had the 15-point advantage.
The Black Bears could not convert and Appalachian State was driving, but on third-and-long Kendall James (Roselle, N.J.) intercepted the pass at the Maine 40 yardline to give the Black Bears the ball.
Pushaun Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) would complete a 5-play, 60-yard drive with 9:30 left on a 31-yard rushing score to give Maine the 34-12 lead.
The Black Bears would keep the Moutnaineers off the board the rest of the way to seal the win.
Troy Russell (South Plainfield, N.J.) had nine tackles including 2.5 tackles-for-loss to lead the defense.