Top takeaways from college football Week 9

16Appalachian State’s tenure among the elite short-lived

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For the first time in the history of the Appalachian State football program, the Mountaineers entered Week 9 as a nationally-ranked team (No. 25). As we highlighted looking ahead to their matchup against Georgia Southern, however, a win Thursday night was anything but guaranteed.

The Eagles took the Mountaineers behind the woodshed, winning in dominant fashion, 34-14. They attempted just three passes all night, relying instead on a dynamic running game and a five-turnover effort by the defense.

Appalachian State was unbelievably sloppy, incurring 11 accepted penalties and, of course, the five turnovers. Really a disappointing effort from this team, which went from the mountaintop to the valley of despair in a hurry.