Campbell Draws Blanks In Its Trip To Appalachian State

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State concocted the the perfect home remedy for what was ailing its football team with a 66-0 victory over Campbell before 25,861 fans Saturday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

 

Coming off a 52-14 loss last weekend at Michigan, the Mountaineers (1-1) got well in a hurry with a 45-point, first-half explosion on the way to the home-opening win.

 

It was the most first-half points for App State in a game since the Mountaineers scored 45 points on the way to a 79-35 victory over Western Carolina on Nov. 10, 2007, the largest margin of victory since a 67-0 win against Arkansas-Monticello in 1941 and the most points scored in a game since the 70-24 Halloween night win over Wofford in 2008.

 

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North Dakota State Answers Questions, Claims Another FBS Scalp

NDSU over Iowa State 2014

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — It should surprise no one that North Dakota State claimed another Football Bowl Subdivision scalp with a rather routine, 34-14 victory at Iowa State on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Bison, coming off a record-tying three consecutive NCAA Division I Football titles, even spotted the Cyclones 14 points before blowing them out over the final three quarters.

 

Even the teams that NDSU competes with in the Missouri Valley Conference normally put up a better fight than that. Even the Big 12’s men in stripes couldn’t keep this a close game.

 

It was the fifth consecutive FBS win for the mighty, mighty Bison, who had previously bagged their limit of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Colorado State Rams, Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats.

 

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App-Michigan: Looking Back at an Upset for the Ages

Corey Lynch Appalachian State Michigan Block

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It was a gorgeous, sun-kissed day seven years ago on a Labor Day Saturday as I made a short trip from a hotel near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Michigan Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2007 college football season.

None of the 109,218 fans that filled the largest sports stadium in the U.S., the players, coaches, support staffs, or any of the throngs of media that were there that afternoon had any idea that we were about to witness one of the most improbable sporting events in college history as unheralded Appalachian State stunned Michigan, 34-32.

For an entire summer I had been telling anyone who would listen that the fifth-ranked Wolverines would have their hands full with a talented and speedy Mountaineer squad that was coming off back-to-back national championships and would eventually become the first team in the Football Championship Subdivision to win three consecutive NCAA Division I titles.
 

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Villanova Earns Everything But Win Against Syracuse

Syracuse over Villanova 2OT 2014

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — So when can a loss really be considered a win?

 

In the case of Villanova's season-opening, 27-26 double-overtime, football defeat at Syracuse last Friday night before 41,189 fans at the Carrier Dome, the Wildcats did everything but walk away with the "W."

And in the process, Villanova established itself as one of the teams that could prove to be capable of making a run for the 2014 NCAA Division I National Championship.

 

It looked like the Wildcats would get a real win, rather than a moral victory, before kicker Chris Gough pushed a 25-yard field goal attempt with 15 seconds left in regulation wide right. 

 

Rather than celebrating a hard-fought, well-deserved 20-17 win, Villanova was forced into overtime.

Gough was shaky all night as he replaced the dependable, but graduated All-American Mark Hamilton on placements. Gough hooked a 34-yard field goal effort wide left in the first period.

 

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NCAA Redesign Could Prove Costly To Conferences Like Patriot League

Lafayette Athletics

By Chuck Burton
Publisher/Managing Editor
College Sports Journal

BETHLEHEM, PA. — There are a lot of microphones, as well as media members, at the media days of the Big Ten, Big XII, Pac 12, SEC, and ACC.

 

Judging by that alone, you might get the impression that the only voices that matter in regards to new governance changes in the NCAA are the commissioners and athletic directory of the so-called "Power Five".

 

At Patriot League media day in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the theme, as articulated by Patriot League executive director Carolyn Schlie Femovich, seemed to be about the league experiencing a challenging, expensive renovation of the NCAA structure surrounding their college athletics.

 

"It seems certain," Femovich said in her opening remarks, "that we are going to enter into a redesigned governance structure that will give the five major BCS conferences some autonomy in making decisions in key areas about how they use their resources, how they support their student-athletes, and how they manage their programs."

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