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Upset: Appalachian State Falls To Wofford 42-31
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Well, you can’t win every game. The Mountaineers of Appalachian State University found that out on Saturday. Over 400 yards of offense allowed by the ASU defense and three turnovers on offense led to the two-time defending champions 42-31 loss to 13 Wofford in front of a loud and wild crowd at Gibbs Stadium. It was ASU’s first setback in 385 days and snapped the nation’s longest wining streak at 17 games.
The scoring began when Terrier quarterback Josh Collier hit Andy Strickland for a 49-yard touchdown pass giving Wofford a 7-0 lead with about five minutes to play in the first quarter.
Mountaineer quarterback Armonti Edwards, playing his first game since the big win at Michigan, got the Mountaineers first score with a 10-yard run capping off a nine-play, 43-yard drive which evened the score midway thru the second quarter.
The teams traded touchdowns with Wofford grinding out a 12-play, 75-yard drive and a touchdown only to be followed by an exciting 95-yard kickoff return from ASU’s kick returner Coco Hillary making the score 14-14 at the half.
After an early field goal by Mountaineer kicker Julian Rauch, the Terriers jumped out to an 11-point lead by scoring back-to-back touchdowns making the score 28-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers continued to battle as Walter Payton Award candidate Kevin Richardson scored from one yard out cutting Wofford’s lead to 28-24 early in the fourth quarter.
After the Terriers scored yet again, Appalachian State answered once again when Richardson scored his second touchdown of the day making the score 35-31 with just over eight minutes to go in the game.
The Mountaineers had a chance to take the lead when the Terriers fumbled the ball on the ASU 7 after an impressive 12-play drive. The Mountaineers however, were unable to convert on third down and the drive stalled.
When the Terriers got the ball back, the ASU defense continued to struggle to get the Terrier offense off the field and gave up the final touchdown of the game making the final 42-31.
The Mountaineers defense couldn’t come up with big plays and were dominated most of the day. They allowed over 400 yards total offense including almost 300 net rushing yards.
They also allowed the Terriers to convert 11 of 19 plays on third down. The Mountaineer offense only totaled 112 yards on the ground and committed three turnovers.
With the win, Wofford goes to 3-1, 1-0 in the Southern Conference while ASU drops to 3-1, 0-1.
The Mountaineers try to get back on the winning track Saturday when they travel to Burlington, N.C, to face the Phoenix of Elon at 1:30 pm.