Appalachian State last had a losing season in 1993 when the Mountaineers went 4-7 with a sophomore named Scott Satterfield playing quarterback.
Fast forward 20 years, and the Mountaineers are one loss away from a losing season under the tutelage of a first-year head coach: Satterfield.
The Mountaineers (1-6, 1-3 Southern Conference) will be looking to break a three-game losing streak when they take on Georgia Southern (4-2, 2-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.
Following its 29th meeting with Georgia Southern -- the Mountaineers hold a 15-12-1 advantage -- Appalachian State will have games remaining with Chattanooga, Georgia, Wofford and Western Carolina.
In years past, this has been one of the biggest games on the conference schedule -- the past three meetings have seen one of the two teams ranked No. 1 in FCS. In each instance, the lower ranked team pulled off an upset.
In the past two seasons, the Eagles were ranked No. 1 only to have the Mountaineers pull off the upset.
Our win in 2010 ranks as one of the top highlights of my career, Georgia Southern quarterback/B-back Jerick McKinnon said. We were 4-4, they were ranked No. 1, and Paulson Stadium was packed. We won (24-21 in overtime), and that started a run that got us into the playoffs.
Were not going up there looking at them as a 1-6 team. This is a big rivalry, and theres a lot of emotion involved.
The two teams were picked to finish first and second in the conference race in preseason polls although they are not eligible for the championship or the playoffs because of their transition to FCS.
Appalachian State already has suffered losses to North Carolina A&T and Charleston Southern. Last week, the Mountaineers lost 27-10 to Furman, a game that included five lost Mountaineers fumbles.
Georgia Southern, meanwhile, suffered second-half collapses in losing at Wofford and Samford.
You can move the football and put up some numbers, said Satterfield who was ASUs offensive coordinator last year under long-time head coach Jerry Moore, who was fired. But with the turnovers thats five fewer possessions.
Were moving the football, but were not putting it in the end zone. Were not finishing drives offensively, not making plays when we need to.
Appalachian is averaging 398 yards per game but is giving up 396 and is susceptible to the rush as it allows 225 yards per game on the ground. Georgia Southern is averaging 369.8 yards per game rushing.
McKinnon leads the conference in rushing with 132 yards per game. He is the only back in the conference averaging more than 100 yards per game and has 379 yards and four touchdowns on 65 carries in the past two games.
Freshman Marcus Cox leads the Mountaineers in rushing with 595 yards, and sophomore quarterback Kameron Bryant has thrown for 1,363 yards and eight touchdowns. Cox also has 33 catches for 498 yards.
This is not a run-of-the-mill team, Monken said of the Mountaineers. Theyre a young bunch, but theyre a tough, talented team. Theyve had some things not go their way, but its a big game for them, just like us. Were still trying to win the SoCon.