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App St. Rolls Past Idaho 47-20

MOSCOW, Idaho – Big plays made the big difference again as Appalachian State rolled to a 47-20 victory over Idaho at the Kibbie Dome Saturday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference action.

With those big plays, the Mountaineers were able to dominate the clock – particularly in the third quarter when they had the ball 11 of the 15 minutes.

The Mountaineers scored first when they capped a nine-play, 76-yard drive with Taylor Lamb’s 15-yard pass to Barrett Burns. With 7:58 to go in the first, Appalachian State led 7-0.

Penny scored first for the Vandals on an 15-yard pass from Linehan on a drive that featured a succession of big plays – the first being Austin Rehkow’s punt on Idaho’s previous drive that pinned the Mountaineers at their own one. Ryan Edwards came up with a key third-down stop and ASU was forced to punt from its own five.

Callen Hightower picked up 34 yards on first down on a pass from Linehan before a three-yard rush by Penny led to the TD pass with 1:42 to play in the first quarter. Rehkow tied the game at 7.

Bobo Beathard put ASU back up by seven when he took the pitch from Lamb and scored from 17 yards out with 12:09 left in the first half.

Rehkow cut the gap to 14-10 with a 22-yard field goal with 6:13 to play in the second quarter. His kick – his 18th of the season, capped a 14-play, 70-yard drive.

An Idaho penalty breathed new life into the Mountaineers’ next scoring drive, which was capped by a one-yard score by Terrence Upshaw with 1:11 left in the first half. The PAT kick made it 21-10.

Rehkow’s second field goal – a 44-yard with :03 left in the first half, pulled the Vandals to within 21-13 and enabled him to tie the single-season record for field goals made (19).

ASU came out strong in the second half and the added two more scores, while the Vandals couldn’t seem to find their rhythm offensively.

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