Postgame Notes from App State vs. Texas State



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POSTGAME NOTES: Texas State 36, App State 24

At 3-3, App State has three losses through six games for the first time since starting 1-5 in 2014, its first season as an FBS member of the Sun Belt Conference.

The Mountaineers have lost two of their first three Sun Belt games for the first time since 2014.

App State lost to Texas State for the first time in seven meetings. The Mountaineers also dropped a game in the state of Texas for the first time. The program had been 3-0 in San Marcos and 1-0 in College Station (this year’s win at Texas A&M).

App State is now 0-2 this season when it loses the turnover battle.

Freshman CB Ethan Johnson made his first career start.

Freshman CB Omari Philyaw made his App State debut.

App State played without starting running back Cameroon Peoples and starting wide receiver Christian Wells. Starting outside linebacker Brendan Harrington is out for the season, and starting inside linebacker Trey Cobb did not play in the second half after a first-half injury.

Offenses

Chase Brice amassed a career-high 395 passing yards with a career-high 40 completions on a career-high 53 attempts. He threw three touchdowns and one interception. It was the most passing yards in a game by a Mountaineer since Taylor Lamb’s 427 against Coastal Carolina in 2017 and the 10th-highest single-game total in school history.

Tight end Henry Pearson caught two touchdowns. He also had a two-touchdown game in the 2020 Myrtle Beach Bowl win over North Texas.

Freshman WR Dalton Stroman notched career highs in catches (5) and receiving yards (104) and caught his second touchdown of the season.

Eleven different receivers caught a pass from Brice, the sixth straight time in six games this year that at least nine receivers have caught a pass for the Mountaineers.

Running back Nate Noel collected a career-high 10 receptions for 50 receiving yards. He is the first Mountaineer to catch 10 passes since Malik Williams had 10 in last year’s win over Coastal Carolina.

This was the first time an opposing defense returned an interception for a touchdown since the 2020 Georgia Southern game.

Defense

The App State defense held Texas State to 53 rushing yards and 334 total yards and allowed just 1.8 yards per rushing attempt (29 attempts).

Dexter Lawson Jr. secured a touchdown-saving interception in the end zone for the second straight game. He accounts for all three of the App State defense’s interceptions so far this season.

Logan Doublin led the team with a career-high 11 tackles. His previous high was eight at Georgia Southern in 2018.

Andrew Parker and Caden Sullivan both recorded their first sacks in a Mountaineer uniform.

Special Teams

Michael Hughes connected on his only field-goal attempt of the game, a 30-yarder as time expired in the first half.