Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Moore: ASU knows a little about hostile crowds

- After a week off, top-ranked Appalachian State is preparing to play at No.5 James Madison Saturday. On this morning's Southern Conference football coaches' conference call, a Virginia writer asked Mountaineers coach Jerry Moore if he thought his team was prepared for the hostile environment it would face at JMU, which is in Harrisonburg, Va.

"Have you ever been to Baton Rouge," Moore replied with a chuckle.

ASU opened its season at LSU and lost 41-13 in front of a less-than-inviting crowd that was listed at more than 91,000. James Madison's Bridgeforth Stadium seats 15,500. Moore wasn't belittling fifth-ranked JMU, just pointing out that his players have played in front of tough road crowds before. Like that 109,000 last year at Michigan.

- Moore also said he has had talks with James Madison coach Mickey Matthews about playing the opening game in the rebuilt Kidd Brewer Stadium next season. He added that a regular-season series between the teams is a possibility.

-Western Carolina junior linebacker Quintin Phillips earned Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after piling up 16 tackles in a 19-16 loss to Football Championship Subdivision power Liberty Saturday. Phillips, who had four solo tackles, helped slow a Liberty offense that entered the game averaging 46.5 points a game.

-Also, Coastal Carolina quarterback Zack MacDowell was the Big South's Offensive Player of the Week. MacDowell, starting for just the second time, completed 17 of 26 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown in a victory over Monmouth. He also rushed for 29 yards on seven tries.

-Stan Olson


Anonymous said...

App played Michigan last year?? Why is this the first I am hearing about it??

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"App played Michigan last year?? Why is this the first I am hearing about it??"

You were in a coma for 12 months, maybe?

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that the Michigan game is still being mentioned...what a game!!!

Anonymous said...

ASU might know a bit about hostile crowds... but I was in Baton Rouge and let me tell you, I know a little something about Swamp Butt! That place is definitely hell on earth. We consider North Carolina to be the South and rightfully so, but after being a Gustav evacuee and sitting in Swamp Butt Valley for a football game, I will say you can have the "Deep South" Louisiana, cause we don't want it!!! Go Neers!