Camerun Peoples Sets Record as App State Beats North Texas in Myrtle Beach Bowl

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2020

Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas, right, hands off to Camerun Peoples during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina, Saturday, Nov.21, 2020, in Conway, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
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Appalachian State ran roughshod over North Texas Monday at the 2020 Myrtle Beach Bowl.   

Quite literally. The Mountaineers rushed for 500 yards en route to a 56-28 victory over the Mean Green, led by a huge performance from star running back Camerun Peoples, who set both an Appalachian State single-game and FBS bowl record with 317 rushing yards all by himself. 

App State Football @AppState_FB

With LT Anderson Hardy & LG Ryan Neuzil on the left side, RG Baer Hunter & RT Cooper Hodges creating a cut-back lane and C Noah Hannon getting to the second level, @Cam_Peoples6 is up to 131 yards by halftime. #GoApp 🐂 https://t.co/P68th40hzp

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Back in the lineup, @MarcWillJr gives App State a 70-yard TD run for the second straight game by running through a lane created by blocks from @Neuz_Flash and Henry Pearson! #GoApp https://t.co/Zya42btxUJ

Appalachian State pulled out some tricks, too:

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🚨 Now THAT is how you start bowl season 🚨 https://t.co/hGrzPVOkcW

While the Mountaineers' dominance on the ground was the main storyline, the game was also a chippy affair, with one fight breaking out and a number of penalties and personal fouls between the two teams:

ESPN College Football @ESPNCFB

A brawl broke out between Appalachian State and North Texas after this hit on the Mean Green QB. https://t.co/z4ktfJ8Hjn

It was an excellent end to a solid season for the Mountaineers (9-3), while North Texas (4-6) will be disappointed it wasn't able to finish at the .500 mark.


Key Stats

Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State: 317 rushing yards, five touchdowns

Marcus Williams Jr., Appalachian State: Six rushes for 101 yards and a score

Zac Thomas, Appalachian State: 8-of-16 for 114 yards and a score; four rushes for 35 yards

Jason Bean, North Texas: 21-of-36 for 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception; 13 rushes for 10 yards

Tre Siggers, North Texas: 17 carries for 120 yards

Austin Ogunmakin, North Texas: Seven catches for 131 yards and a score


The Peoples' Champion

How incredible was Peoples on Monday?

Well, he broke the record for the most rushing yards in an FBS bowl game, previously held by Georgia Tech's P.J. Daniels in the 2004 Humanitarian Bowl (311 yards). 

Oh, and his five rushing touchdowns tied a bowl record too. 

Bryan Fischer @BryanDFischer

Most rushing TDs in a bowl game (5): — Camerun Peoples (2020 Myrtle Beach) — Kelvin Hopkins Jr (2018 Armed Forces) — Zach Abey (2017 Military) — Kareem Hunt (2015 https://t.co/lC80w7aF6s Bowl) — Terrance Ganaway (2011 Alamo) — Barry Sanders ('88 Holiday) — Neil Snow (1902 Rose)

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Camerun Peoples has 5 rush TD today. That ties the @AppState_FB record for rushing TD in a game, originally set by John Settle in a game against Davidson in 1986. https://t.co/gEzzuKYEf9

Just a sophomore, the future is bright for Peoples, who absolutely will be the centerpiece of App State's offense next season. 


Austin Ogunmakin Showed Out

There weren't many bright spots for North Texas in the blowout loss, but the sophomore wideout was one of them, having easily his best game of the season. 

The hope for the Mean Green will be Ogunmakin and sophomore quarterback Austin Aune—who didn't make the trip with the team for Monday's game—forming a dangerous pair in the 2021 season. The Mean Green have a major vacancy at wide receiver to fill, with star Jaelon Darden (74 receptions for 1,190 yards and 19 touchdowns this season) off to the NFL.

Players like Ogunmakin and sophomore Deonte Simpson will have the chance to become the top option next season. Ogunmakin made an early case to be that guy with his showing Monday.


What's Next?

The offseason.


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