CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Zac Thomas threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score and Appalachian State dominated Charlotte 45-9 on Saturday night in the first gridiron meeting of the in-state rivals.
The victory came a week after the Mountaineers lost to No. 10-ranked Penn State 45-38 in overtime.
Thomas completed all 14 of his pass attempts and hit Sutton (155 yards on three receptions) on a 90-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. Thomas Hennigan returned a punt 59 yards for a third-quarter score and Austin Exford recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score.
Charlotte's Jonathan Cruz kicked second-quarter field goals of 46, 54 and 48 yards -- the most field goals in a game for the 49ers -- with the 54-yarder the longest by a freshman in school history.
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