Appalachian State Wins the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/20/2015

Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29

In a crazy, back-and-forth fourth quarter filled with incredible emotion and multiple lead changes, Appalachian State used a last-second field goal to stun Ohio and win its first-ever bowl game in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The Bobcats, who saw their 17-point lead entering the fourth quarter quickly erased, fell to 2-7 all-time in bowl games.

Player of the game
  • Mountaineers running back Marcus Cox was named MVP with 162 rushing yards and a touchdown. The junior rushed for 100 yards eight times this season, including 354 yards over his last two games.

Key stats

  • Appalachian State scored 24 points in the fourth quarter after scoring 7 points in the first quarter and being held scoreless in the middle frames.
  • Offense came in bunches as the Bobcats scored 17 points over a 1:11 stretch in the second quarter while the Mountaineers scored 21 points in a 1:56 span over the third and fourth quarters.
  • Mountaineers quarterback Taylor Lamb completed just 13-of-26 attempts for 124 yards but two passing touchdowns gave him a single-season school record 31 on the season.
  • The Bobcats scored 16 points off two defensive touchdowns and a safety.
  • The Mountaineers collected 24 first downs while the Bobcats finished with 15, including two coming from penalties.
  • Appalachian State rushed for 303 yards on 49 carries (6.2 average) while Ohio rushed for 107 yards on 36 rushed (3.0).
  • Bobcats quarterback JD Sprague completed 14-of-28 passes for 132 yards and two interceptions.

Key play

  • After missing his first two attempts of the game, Appalachian State kicker Zach Matics, who entered the game having not missing a field goal since Oct. 4, 2014, kicked the Mountaineers to their first-ever bowl win with his 23-yarder as the clock expired.