No. 5 Appalachian (5-2, 2-2 SoCon) fell behind by two touchdowns just over two minutes into the game and trailed 38-20 with under eight minutes to play. On only his fourth play of the game, senior quarterback Trey Elder scored from on a 19-yard run to bring ASU within 11 points at 38-27.
The Mountaineers forced
ASU stuffed GSU on three-straight plays and took all three of its timeouts to force the Eagles to punt again with 1:10 remaining on the clock. Dexter Jackson fielded the Daniel Jordan kick at the ASU 46 and returned it inside the GSU 20, seemingly setting up at least a game-tying field goal. However, the return was called back due to an illegal-block penalty and six plays later, Edwards came up a yard short on fourth-and-11 to end the ballgame.
Making only his third start of the year and first since Sept. 22, Edwards became the first quarterback in ASU history to rush for over 200 yards with 220 yards on 29 carries. The sophomore broke his own school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (172 last Nov. 25 versus Coastal Carolina) by 48 and also threw for 178 yards to match his career high with 398 yards of total offense (also set last season against CCU).
Edwards’ counterpart, Jayson Foster, was almost as spectacular for
With its first home loss since a 14-13 setback to Maine in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, Appalachian put itself in a precarious position to defend its back-to-back Southern Conference championships, as only one team with two conference losses (5-2 Furman in 1981) has even shared a SoCon title in the 85-year history of the league. However, there are no undefeated teams remaining in the SoCon this season following Wofford’s 24-13 loss to Elon on Saturday.
ELON 24, WOFFORD 13
Wofford is now 6-2 on the season and are 3-1 in conference play. Elon is 5-2 overall and are also 3-1 in the Southern Conference. Wofford was outgained 442 to 400 in total yards. Elon quarterback Scott Riddle was 41-of-51 for 343 yards passing and Terrell Hudgins and Bo Williamson both had 100+ receiving games. Wofford was led by Kevious Johnson with 129 yards rushing.
“We had our own issues this week,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We did not get it done today. We had several opportunities in the game to take control, but we did not get it done. Offense, defense and kicking all had issues. Elon has a great offense and we had to work for everything we got against their defense.”
The Terriers had the ball first, but despite a 36-yard run by Kevious Johnson, were forced to punt. The
Wofford was forced three-and-out on their next drive. Once again, the
After an onside kick attempt by Elon that was recovered by Wofford, the Terriers took advantage of the short field. On fourth-and-two, Dane Romero gained 26-yards for the first down. Then, on fourth down, Josh Collier kept the ball and scored on a ten-yard touchdown run. The drive was eight plays and went 53 yards to cut the Elon lead to 14-7.
Early in the second quarter, Wofford’s defense forced the
After the kickoff, the
In the second half, Elon had the ball first and the Terriers defense forced a punt. With Wofford back on offense, Kevious Johnson gained 29-yards before Daronce Daniels forced a fumble, which was recovered by the
The Terrier defense forced Elon three-and-out, but after gaining two first downs the Terriers were also forced to punt. Back on defense, the Terriers were led by Kevin Adleman with a pass break-up as Wofford forced a three-and-out.
After a three-and-out by Wofford, Elon was able to put together a drive that ended with a 35-yard line drive field goal by Andrew Wilcox with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Wofford picked up two quick first downs by Kevious Johnson and Justice Joslin. Josh Collier fumbled a lateral, which was recovered by Walker White of Elon to end the drive for the Terriers. However the
The Terriers again were able to move the ball, picking up a couple first downs. However the drive ended with a fumble that was recovered by Corey Weaver of Elon. The
Following the touchdown, Wofford was able to gain one first down before turning the ball over on downs. The Terrier defense was able to force a three-and-out and Elon punted with 2:57 left in the game. Again, Wofford was able to gain a first down, but an interception by Chris Bland of Ben Widmyer sealed the game. Elon was able to run out the final two minutes of the game and leave with a 24-13 win.
After an 18-yard field goal by
Six plays into the drive, and facing third-down-and-10, Gray found Sprague for a key 12-yard reception down to the
In the first half, Furman opened the scoring as senior kicker Scott Beckler converted on a 29-yard field goal at the 9:28 mark before
An interception by cornerback Brandon Golder, (
Furman would respond quickly as Gray led the Paladins down the field on a nine-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Larry Hedden with 14:53 to go in the first half. Back on top 10-9, Furman’s defense forced a
That would be costly as Jordan Hazard fielded the kick at the 12-yard line and ran it back 88 yards for the longest punt return in
Patrick Sprague accounted for 61 of Furman’s 80 yards on the Paladin’s next scoring drive, including a key 39-yard catch that took the ball into
The Mocs opened the second half driving 66-yards downfield before settling for the 34-yard go-ahead field goal by Nolen at the 9:39 mark, making the score 19-17. On Furman’s next drive, Beckler had the same opportunity to give his team the lead and couldn’t capitalize as he banged a 44-yard field goal attempt off the right upright.
In the fourth quarter Beckler got another chance, this time from 18-yards out, and split the uprights to give the Paladins a 20-19 lead with 9:50 to play.
The Mocs next drive went 10 plays and covered 76 yards, including a career long 46-yard reception by wideout Matt Angeloni (
For Furman, Renaldo Gray led the passing attack with his 146 yards while Mike Brown led the ground game with 70 yards on nine carries. He was joined by Felton with 53 bruising yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. Sprague led all receivers with his 75 yards on five catches.
Defensively, linebacker Andrew Jones led Furman with nine tackles, four for loss, and one sack while Austin Holmes finished with eight total tackles and the game-ending interception.
Miller finished with 207 yards on 17-of-32 passing with one interception. Tailback Bryan Fitzgerald ran for a team-high 62 yards on 13 carries. Hazard paced the receiving corps with four grabs for 29 yards and Cooper finished with two catches for a team-high 38 yards.
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THE CITADEL 37,
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Coming off the bench midway through the third quarter, senior quarterback Todd Spitzer completed 15-of-21 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns - both to red-shirt freshman receiver Marquel Pittman - as Western Carolina scored 21 points in the fourth quarter in a 37-31 Homecoming loss to The Citadel Saturday afternoon at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.
The loss was WCU's fourth-straight to the Bulldogs, and 12th-consecutive in Southern Conference play and relegated the Catamounts to 1-7 overall, 0-4 in league play. The Citadel (5-2, 3-1 SoCon) keeps pace in a tight conference race, moving into a three-way tie with Elon and Wofford atop the standings.
"We had our opportunities to put points on the board especially late in the game. Overall, I felt that our defense played well but our offense played inconsistently," said WCU head coach Kent Briggs. "Todd (Spitzer) came in for us and played well and that helped boost our confidence and gave us some momentum. We have some things we need to work on and unfortunately we've got a lot we need to do in a short week.
Spitzer, who guided the Catamounts on their final six possessions after subbing for red-shirt freshman signal caller Adam Hearns at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter, nearly surpassed the 200-yard passing mark in less than a half of work His favorite two targets were classmate Eddie Cohen, who hauled in seven passes for 104 yards and Pittman, who tallied a pair of receiving TDs. For Cohen, it marked the fourth-straight game he had surpassed the century mark in receiving (212 at
Senior all-purpose runner Mike Malone set school-history twice on Saturday. With his first kickoff return at the 8:28 mark of the first quarter, the
Malone currently stands with 88 career returns for 2,120 yards, first in both categories.
The second turnover was a Hearns' interception on the fourth play from scrimmage after intermission. The Citadel's Mel Capers split two WCU receivers and picked off the pass to switch the field. Four plays later, the Bulldogs scored for an 18-point, 28-10, lead.
"The two turnovers were a huge factor in the game for us, especially the one earlier in the game when they were able to turn it into six (points). They were a huge momentum killer for us. During the last three weeks, turnovers have been a huge obstacle for us. If you take away that turnover earlier in the game, then clearly the result on the scoreboard would read different."
Trailing by three touchdowns, 31-10, late in the third quarter, Western outscored The Citadel 21-to-6 over the final quarter in mounting another second half rally. Spitzer capped off a 10-play, 69-yard drive, which featured a pair of double-digit Cohen receptions, with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Pittman to close the deficit to 14, 31-17.
On the ensuing possession, the Catamount defense stiffened after the Bulldogs had moved into the red-zone, limiting The Citadel to a 29-yard Mike Adams field goal and a 34-17 advantage.
Spitzer again moved the offense down the field, this time going 69 yards in just seven plays with Hearns finishing off the drive under center with a head-first plunge over the goal line to trim the deficit to 10, 34-24.
After The Citadel answered with a third
WCU junior Quinton Phillips led the Catamount defensive attack with a career-high 20 tackles including 12 solo stops and two tackles for loss. Sophomore safety Chris Collins finished with 10 tackles while Brandon Drumgoole and Levander Thomas each finished with six hits.
The Catamount defense limited Bulldog quarterback Duran Lawson to 199 yards passing marking the first time since Nov. of last year an opponent had held the senior under 200 yards through the air. Lawson completed 14-of-20 passes with one touchdown, while red-shirt senior Tory Cooper finished with 99 yards rushing on 25 carries with a pair of touchdowns in the win.