Evans runs for 183 yards in ASU victory
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.