Nov. 3, 2014. After rushing for a career-high 250 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 44-0 win over Georgia State, Appalachian State University football’s Marcus Cox has been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Cox averaged 8.6 yards per carry during Saturday’s career-best performance, including gains of 19, 39 and 76 yards. He also scored on touchdown runs from one, six and six yards out en route to being named Appalachian State’s first-ever Sun Belt football player of the week.
In addition to being a career high, Cox’s 250-yard performance was good for the sixth-highest single-game rushing total in Appalachian State history (and the third-highest mark by a running back).
The sophomore’s 250 yards shattered his previous career high of 215, set in last season’s finale against Western Carolina, and was the highest rushing total for a Mountaineer since quarterback DeAndre Presley torched Western Illinois for 264 yards on the ground in an NCAA Division I FCS playoff victory in 2010. It had been 25 years since an Appalachian State running back had rushed for as many as 250 yards in a game, dating back to a 267-yard performance by Ritchie Melchor against Chattanooga in 1989.
Buoyed by Cox, Appalachian State rushed for 469 yards as a team, which was its highest single-game total since it amassed 572 yards on the ground against Lenoir-Rhyne in 1975.
Cox, who ranks second in the Sun Belt with 819 total rushing yards on the season and is tied for the league lead with 12 touchdown runs, has been nearly unstoppable over the past two games. In the Mountaineers’ wins over Troy (53-14 on Oct. 18) and Georgia State, Cox has run for 373 yards and six touchdowns on just 45 carries (8.3 yards per rush). He has three-straight 100-yard games, five in eight contests this season and 11 in his 20-game collegiate career.
Cox and the red-hot Mountaineers look to extend their winning streak to three games on Saturday when they host UL Monroe at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff for Appalachian State’s annual Black Saturday contest is set for 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online by clicking HERE, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.