Walton returns to end zone

Miami running back Mark Walton reaches the end zone in front of Appalachian State’s Mondo Williams in the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes’ 45-10 win.

BOONE — They’ve been a problem for Appalachian State in the Mountaineers’ last three games.

Big plays were a problem for the Mountaineers in their 45-10 loss to Miami at Kidd Brewer Stadium Sept. 17. Of the Hurricanes’ six touchdowns, two went for at least 55 yards. A 61-yard pass play led to another touchdown, and a 62-yard pass play led to still another.

When Miami needed a big play, including an 80-yard run by Mark Walton on the Hurricanes’ first play, they seemed to get it.

“One thing we try to pride ourselves in doing is not giving up the big play,” App State coach Scott Satterfield said. “We’ve got three rules and that’s one of them — don’t give up the big play. Stay on top. They got behind us a few times. They hit (Stacy) Coley on one play and nobody’s there. That’s a big play.”

The play that Satterfield referred to was a 55-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Coley with 1:21 left in the first quarter. Coley was 15 yards behind the App State secondary, and the catch gave the Hurricanes a 21-0 lead that was never seriously threatened.

Walton’s 80-yard touchdown run was nearly stopped before it began. App State safety A.J. Howard read the play and stepped in to make the tackle, but Walton broke Howard’s tackle and was gone before the rest of the App State defense could notice.

“The O-line did a great job with this defensive line and linebackers,” Walton said. “The safety came up and I just met him in the hole and he came with all his might and I went low with him and broke the tackle and then just saw green grass and just took it.”

Satterfield said the Mountaineers had been tackling well in their first two games, but felt that his defense did not tackle as well against Miami.

“That big run, that’s a big play,” Satterfield said. “We’ve been tackling really well. If you go back to the Tennessee game, we tackled really well, even back to last year. Today, we didn’t tackle as well, but we knew those backs were really good. They bring a load. They run with the football and they’re hard to bring down, but you’ve got to get them down. That’s the name of the game.”

Appalachian State ran into trouble with big plays in its previous two games. In its 20-13 overtime loss at Tennessee, the Mountaineers gave up a 67-yard touchdown pass play from Joshua Dodds to Josh Malone that was the Volunteers’ lone touchdown until the overtime period.

In App State’s 31-7 win over Old Dominion, the Mountaineers allowed Ray Lawry to score on a 27-yard touchdown run. Lawry also broke a 42-yard run that didn’t lead to points.

A pair of big Miami plays ended up sinking the Mountaineers for good. After the Mountaineers got a huge play of their own — a John Law interception that he returned 60 yards that saved a touchdown — quarterback Taylor Lamb found Barrett Burns for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

But Miami struck back with a 61-yard pass play from Brad Kaaya to receiver Ahmmon Richards. The Hurricanes followed with a 12-yard Joe Yearby run and a 31-10 lead.

On Miami’s next drive, which included a 62-yard Kaaya-to-Richards pass play, ended up leading to an 8-yard TD pass to Coley and a 38-10 lead.

“When I broke, I had my head down when I was sprinting trying to gain grass,” Richards said. “I looked back and I saw the ball, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s trusting me again’ after that other play. So, really, in my mind, I was just like I have to catch this ball and then I was trying to score when I did it.”

Satterfield said the Mountaineers were out of position on the play and Richards ended up in single coverage. He said a team that does not have the quality receivers that Miami enjoys may not be able to complete those two long passes.

“When you’re playing a team like this, and you’ve got a quarterback that is going to be a high draft pick, he makes you pay when you make a mistake,” Satterfield said. “If you’re one step late getting there, you’re going to pay.”

Miami 45, Appalachian State 10

Miami 21 3 14 7 — 45

Appalachian State 0 3 7 0 — 10

Scoring summary

First quarter

UM—Walton 80 run (Badgley kick)

UM—Njoku 9 pass from Kaaya (Badgley kick)

UM—Coley 55 pass from Kaaya (Badgley kick)

Second quarter

UM—Badgley FG 44

App State—Rubino FG 31

Third quarter

App State—Burns 24 pass from Lamb (Rubino kick)

UM—Yearbny 12 run (Badgley kick)

UM—Cole 8 pass from Kaaya (Badgley kick)

Fourth quarter

UM—Walton 10 run (Badgley kick)

Miami App State

First downs 18 17

By rushing 3 9

By passing 15 6

By penalty 0 2

Rushes-yards 31-164 48-126

Avg. rush 5.3 2.6

Yards gained 175 183

Yards lost 11 57

Passing yards 385 115

Passes 22-28-1 10-22-1

Avg att. 13.8 5.2

Avg comp. 17.5 11.5

Total plays-yards 59-549 70-241

Avg per play 9.3 3.4

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0

Penalties-yards 9-73 8-58

Punts-avg. 4-44.0 8-38.8

Net avg. 39.0 37.2

Time of poss 25:36 34:24

Third down conv. 6-11 2-13

Fourth down conv. 0-1 1-2

Individuals

Rushing: Miami—Walton 16-130, Yearby 8-30, Edwards 4-14, Team 2-(-2), Kaaya 1-(-8); App State—Moore 23-89, Cox 7-30, Evans 5-18, Barbout 1-8, Caruso 1-4, Lamb 9-(-6).

Passing: Miami—Kaaya 21-27-1 368, Rosier 1-1-0 17; App State—Lamb 10-21-1 115, Team 0-1-0 0.

Receiving: Miami—Coley 5-85, Harris 5-48, Richards 4-142, Njoku 3-69, Dobard 1-17, Berrios 1-13, Herndon 1-6, earby 1-6, Walton 1-(-1); App State—Burns 4-61, Hopkins 2-2, Letman 2-22, Capel 1-13, Meadors 1-9, Jones 1-8.

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