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App State gives UMass the break it needs in second overtime to take narrow win

Appalachian State’s Marcus Williams Jr., right, attempts to run for a first down but he is brought down from behind by Massachusetts’ Ali Ali-Musa during the first quarter of Saturday’s game in Amherst, Mass. UMass won 30-27 in two overtimes.
Appalachian State’s Marcus Williams Jr., right, attempts to run for a first down but he is brought down from behind by Massachusetts’ Ali Ali-Musa during the first quarter of Saturday’s game in Amherst, Mass. UMass won 30-27 in two overtimes. AP

Logan Laurent’s 36-yard field goal in the second overtime lifted Massachusetts to a 30-27 home victory against Appalachian State in the Mountaineers’ nonconference finale Saturday.

Laurent forced overtime by hitting a 45-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation.

Marquis Young opened overtime with a 10-yard touchdown run for UMass (2-6), and App State (5-3) responded two plays later with Taylor Lamb’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Ike Lewis. Chandler Staton hit the game-tying extra point, and UMass recovered a fumble on the first play of the second overtime.

Tee Sims recorded three sacks for the Mountaineers. Linebacker Eric Boggs had a productive all-around game with 15 tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for 125 yards in his first career start, and quarterback Taylor Lamb had a hand in three touchdowns.

Staton capped the longest scoring drive of the season by making a tiebreaking, 30-yard field goal with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter. UMass used a 12-play drive to set up the game-tying field goal.

Staton tied the game at 17-all when, on his first career attempt, he hit a 40-yard field goal with 5:06 left in the third quarter. The score was still tied when App State took over at its 20 with 12:32 remaining, and Lamb directed a 14-play, 67-yard drive that lasted 7:50.

A play after true freshman running back Daetrich Harrington made a one-handed catch of a pitch to move close to the first-down marker. He gained 4 yards on a fourth-and-1 rush from the UMass 25. Four plays later, Staton broke the tie.

App State fell behind 10-0 and converted two Boggs-driven turnovers into touchdowns to trail just 17-14 at halftime.

Sims recovered a fumble at the UMass 29 after Boggs knocked the ball loose on a second-quarter run. A 26-yard run by Williams Jr. put the Mountaineers in scoring position. A loss and penalty preceded a 15-yard touchdown run by Lamb.

A post-turnover penalty negated the touchdown on Tae Hayes’ 48-yard interception return that would have given App State a second-quarter lead. Boggs’ interception to set up an Appalachian touchdown with four seconds left in the half came at a critical time.

The Mountaineers punted following Hayes’ interception, and Young rushed for a 95-yard touchdown to open the next drive. UMass intercepted a pass and moved inside the App State 40 with a chance to increase its 17-7 lead in the final minute of the half. But Boggs picked off a wide receiver pass and returned the ball 36 yards to the UMass 39.

Taking over with 25 seconds left, Lamb completed passes of 22 and 16 yards to Ike Lewis before taking a snap at the 1 with nine seconds and no timeouts remaining. He rolled left and threw a touchdown pass to Thomas Hennigan.

App State, which is 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference, resumes its league schedule next weekend at Louisiana-Monroe.

UMass 30, Appalachian St. 27

Appalachian St.

0

14

3

3

7

0

27

UMass

10

7

0

3

7

3

30

First Quarter

UMASS—Orekoya 1 run (Laurent kick), 9:21

UMASS—FG Laurent 47, 6:10

Second Quarter

APP—Lamb 15 run (Staton kick), 12:55

UMASS—Young 95 run (Laurent kick), 4:09

APP—Hennigan 1 pass from Lamb (Staton kick), :04

Third Quarter

APP—FG Staton 40, 5:06

Fourth Quarter

APP—FG Staton 30, 4:48

UMASS—FG Laurent 45, :05

First Overtime

UMASS—Young 10 run (Laurent kick), :00

APP—Lewis 20 pass from Lamb (Staton kick), :00

Second Overtime

UMASS—FG Laurent 36, :00

APP

UMASS

First downs

15

18

Rushes-yards

47-227

39-205

Passing

133

190

Comp-Att-Int

14-29-1

20-33-2

Return Yards

101

63

Punts-Avg.

8-32.12

8-35.0

Fumbles-Lost

2-2

2-2

Penalties-Yards

11-103

11-82

Time of Possession

48:44

26:16

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Appalachian St., Mar.Williams 25-125, Lamb 7-66, Harrington 13-36, Virgil 2-0. UMass, Young 15-132, Comis 14-48, Ally 6-23, Isabella 1-5, Orekoya 2-3, Ford 1-(minus 6).

PASSING—Appalachian St., Lamb 14-28-1-133, (Team) 0-1-0-0. UMass, Ford 9-12-1-110, J.Brown 0-1-1-0, Comis 11-20-0-80.

RECEIVING—Appalachian St., Lewis 5-87, Virgil 2-24, Hennigan 2-10, Watkins 1-6, Mar.Williams 1-3, Harrington 1-1, Duffield 1-(minus 2). UMass, Isabella 7-55, Palmer 4-80, Breneman 4-24, Young 3-18, Comis 1-8, Dingle 1-5.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

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