BOONE, N.C. - Behind Armanti Edwards’ school-record-tying five touchdown passes, No. 2 Appalachian State University routed No. 3 Wofford in front of a raucous, school-record Halloween crowd on Friday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
With 440 yards of total offense (367 passing, 73 rushing), Edwards became the Southern Conference’s all-time leader with 9,397 total yards. The junior needed only 33 starts to surpass his predecessor as Appalachian’s signal-caller, Richie Williams, as the conference’s all-time leader in the category.
Freshman wide receiver Brian Quick was the main beneficiary of Edwards’ career-best 367 yards and five touchdowns through the air, as he hauled in four catches for 172 yards and three scores (58, 50 and 31 yards). His 172 receiving yards were the most by a Mountaineer since William Mayfield’s 195 at Chattanooga in 2006 while his three touchdown catches were the most by an App since DaVon Fowlkes equaled the feat against Elon in ‘04.
It appeared as though both teams were en route to record-setting offensive performances early on, as it was 14-14 just eight minutes in after the squads swapped touchdowns in the game’s first four series. After the Mountaineers made it 21-14 on their third possession, they got the first defensive stop of the game on the very next snap when safety Mark LeGree intercepted Wofford’s Ben Widmyer at the ASU 32. Nine plays later, the Apps stretched their advantage to 28-14 on a one-yard touchdown run by Edwards.
From there, the rout was on. In all, the Mountaineers scored on each of their first six possessions and racked up 372 yards of offense in the first half alone to take a commanding 42-14 halftime lead. The Apps scored more points in the first 19:01 of the game (35) than Wofford had previously allowed in regulation this season (31 at Georgia Southern).
Wofford actually outscored ASU, 10-7, in the third quarter, but the Apps posted 21 points in the final period to account for the whopping final margin.
LeGree turned in one of the top individual defensive performances in ASU history with a school-record-tying three interceptions, eight tackles (including one for loss) and a forced fumble in the win. His three interceptions are the most since Larry McKenzie became the first Mountaineer to accomplish the feat against Davidson in 1973 and his seven interceptions this season lead the nation.
Edwards completed 17-of-19 passes without an interception to extend his streak of consecutive passes without an INT to 140. Besides Quick, his next favorite target was freshman tight end Ben Jorden who scored the Apps’ first two touchdowns on receptions of 23 and 48 yards. Jorden finished with three catches for 76 yards.
Running backs Devin Radford, Robert Welton, Josh Jackson and backup quarterback DeAndre Presley all rushed for touchdowns to round out the ASU scoring.
In all, Appalachian racked up 620 yards of offense and scored its most points and notched its largest margin of victory in 25 all-time games versus Wofford. The 70 points were the most allowed by the Terriers since they entered the Division I ranks in 1995.
The ASU-record 30,931 fans in attendance saw ASU’s defense hold Wofford to almost 17 points below its season average. In addition to LeGree, linebackers Jacque Roman and Pierre Banks paced Appalachian’s defensive effort with 13 and nine tackles, respectively. Defensive end Jabari Fletcher chipped in with six tackles (three for loss) and a sack.
Local product Eric Breitenstein led Wofford with 157 rushing yards and Dane Romero added 106 on the ground. Widmyer completed just 5-of-10 passes for 74 yards and threw his first two interceptions of the season. He was also sacked for only the second time on the campaign.
At 7-2 overall and 5-0 in SoCon play, Appalachian is now firmly entrenched in the driver’s seat for its fourth-consecutive conference championship as the only undefeated team in league play. Wofford fell to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in SoCon action.
ASU hits the road next week when it travels to a familiar place in Finley Stadium to square off with Chattanooga. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at the site where Appalachian has won its three national titles. Wofford hosts The Citadel next Saturday at 3 p.m. on the SportSouth SoCon Saturday game of the week.