New FBS member Appalachian State will play at Death Valley in 2015

Game set for September 12; Tigers last faced new Sunbelt Conference team in 1997

Football - Deshaun Watson

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Football - Deshaun Watson

Appalachian State will play Clemson at Death Valley on Sept. 12, 2015, Mountaineers athletic director Charlie Cobb announced on Monday.

ASU, which will begin play in the Sunbelt Conference as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014, added games against Clemson and Howard, to go with previously scheduled games against Old Dominion and Southern Mississippi. Appalachian also will play eight Sun Belt Conference games in 2015.

Appalachian will open the 2015 season at home against Howard on Sept. 5 in the Mountaineers' first home opener since 2001.

Appalachian will play at Clemson on Sept. 12. The teams last played in 1997, with the Tigers winning 23-12.

The Mountaineers, who won three consecutive FCS national championships from 2005-07 and captured 10 Southern Conference titles in football, will begin playing Sun Belt games and will be a revenue-sharing member of the conference in 2014 and be allowed to compete for the conference title. However, the Mountaineers will not be eligible to play in a bowl game until 2015.

Appalachian State joins Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt.

The addition of Georgia Southern and Appalachian State will give the Sun Belt 10 football members in 2015. They join Arkansas State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy and Western Kentucky.

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