May 7, 2007

OVER/UNDER: 30 Rushing Touchdowns?

The 2006 national championship run by the Appalachian State Mountaineers can only be described as a thing of beauty. The offensive stats the Mountaineers compiled over the course of the 11-game regular season were quite impressive, and perhaps the first number that jumps off the page is the 30 touchdowns the App's accumulated on the ground. This number is even more eye-popping when compared to the 14 scores App State mustered through the air.

It doesn't take a genius to see that the Mountaineers were scoring touchdowns via the ground game at a 2:1 ratio. With this number in mind, ASU's opponents were most likely able to key-in on the App's game plan throughout the postseason, which in-turn makes the four-game playoff stretch even that more impressive.

Even with the App's strategy clear as day for its opponents, the Coastal Carolina's and Youngstown State's of the world were still never able to stop it. In fact, not only were they unable to halt the ground attack, the Mountaineers poured it on at an even more alarming rate. How alarming? Try a 4.5:1 rushing to passing touchdown ratio.

That's a staggering 18 rushing touchdowns over the course of four games. Of those 18, Kevin Richardson notched 11 taking him to 30 on the season and Armanti Edwards nearly matched his regular season total of seven by scoring six during the playoffs. Freshman running back Devon Moore scored the other rushing touchdown in the semifinals when ASU tallied six against Youngstown State, giving him two for the season.

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