Evans runs for 183 yards in ASU vic­tory

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - Ob­server News Ser­vices

BOONE An­other sec­ond-half state­ment from Ap­palachian State's de­fense. An­other strong rush­ing per­for­mance from Dar­ryn­ton Evans.

It added up to an­other Sun Belt Con­fer­ence vic­tory for the Moun­taineers.

Evans rushed for a ca­reer-high 183 yards on 26 car­ries and scored two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing one on a 20yard re­cep­tion late in the first half, as Ap­palachian State re­mained un­beaten in league play with a 27-17 home win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Satur­day at Kidd Brewer Sta­dium.

The Moun­taineers (5-1, 3-0) were close to pitch­ing a sec­ond-half shutout for the fifth straight game, but the Ra­gin’ Ca­juns (3-4, 1-2) cut into a 27-10 deficit by scor­ing with 1 minute, 3 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Akeem Davis-Gaither recorded a ca­reer-high 15 tack­les while contributing to a pair of sacks, Noel Cook had a sack in his 13-tackle per­for­mance and Ap­palachian State lim­ited the pro­duc­tive rush­ing at­tack from Louisiana to 140 yards on 41 at­tempts.

Evans broke a 10-10 tie with 2:11 re­main­ing in the first half on his catch of a per­fectly thrown pass from Zac Thomas, who ab­sorbed a hit on the throw.

Evans’ 65-yard run to the Louisiana 6 on the sec­ond play of the third quar­ter set up an­other touch­down for a 24-10 lead.

Mar­cus Wil­liams Jr. pow­ered his way into the end zone from the 6 im­me­di­ately af­ter the ca­reer-long run from Evans, who cut be­tween blocks from left guard Ryan Neuzil and cen­ter Noah Han­non in the mid­dle of the field.

Ap­palachian State re­turns to ac­tion Thurs­day with a game at Ge­or­gia South­ern. The ESPNU game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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