MONTGOMERY, AL- Appalachian State’s Camellia Bowl showdown delivered in every way, and fittingly, the Mountaineer seniors were the difference. Senior running back Marcus Cox broke the 5,000-yard mark for his career and linebackers John Law and Kennan Gilchrist led the App defense as the Mountaineers held off Toledo in a wild game, 31-28.
App State (10-3) becomes the first team to win bowl games in its first two bowl eligible seasons and posts back-to-back 10-win seasons in its first two bowl eligible FBS seasons as well. Toledo’s season ends at 9-4.
For the second straight season, the Camellia Bowl came down to the final minutes and a field goal.
App State’s Michael Rubino connected on a 39-yarder with 5:14 remaining, but Toledo put itself in a position to answer, just like the Rockets did all night. Toledo drove the ball inside the App 10 inside of two minutes to play, but a stop by Law on third-and-short forced a Rockets’ field goal attempt. Jameson Vest pushed the 30-yarder wide right and App ran out the clock for the win.
Quarterback Taylor Lamb earned the Bart Starr MVP Award, rushing for a career-high 126 yards and a touchdown. He recorded a 13-yard touchdown run and kept Toledo off balance with his legs all night. He averaged 14 yards per carry as App piled up 297 yards rushing.
Cox finished with 22 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown, finishing with 5,083 yards for his career. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season in helping App run out the clock, becoming the first App State player to ever rush for 1,000 yards in all four seasons.