Scores

Final

Elon 16

(8-3, 4-1 away)

Appalachian St 24

(9-2, 6-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC

1 2 3 4 T
ELON 0 10 6 016
APP 7 7 7 324

Top Performers

Passing: A. Edwards (APP) - 147 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Newsome (ELON) - 25 CAR, 118 YDS

Receiving: B. Williamson (ELON) - 5 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Appalachian St. 24, Elon 16

Associated Press

BOONE, N.C. -- Armanti Edwards threw three touchdown passes and Appalachian State survived a late scare to beat Elon 24-16 on Saturday.

Edwards was 12 of 14 for 147 yards and added 104 yards rushing for the Mountaineers (9-2, 7-0 Southern Conference), who trailed by two points early in the third quarter.

However, Edwards' third scoring pass -- a 22-yarder to Brian Quick with 9:49 left in the third quarter -- gave Appalachian State the lead.

Edwards left the game midway through the fourth quarter after a late hit, and backup DeAndre Presley drove the Mountaineers to a 24-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter.

Appalachian State stopped the Phoenix (8-3, 6-2) twice -- including a fourth-and-inches -- in the final six minutes to win its eighth straight game.

Elon's Scott Riddle threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including a 13-yarder to Terrell Hudgins with 11:10 remaining in the third quarter that put the Phoenix ahead 16-14.

Riddle was 20 of 39 with one interception.

Appalachian State bolted to a 14-0 lead in the first half behind Edwards, who threw for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for 99 more yards.

He found Ben Jorden in the back of the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 4:02 left in the first quarter to give the Mountaineers the lead, then hit Matt Cline on a 33-yard scoring pass with 12:29 left in the second quarter.

Elon pulled within 14-7 on Riddle's 55-yard touchdown pass to Bo Williamson with 9:11 remaining, then thwarted a chance for Appalachian State to widen its lead when it stopped a fourth-and-1 at the Phoenix 4 with less than four minutes left.

Elon had a shot to tie the game when it recovered a muffed punt at the Mountaineers' 19 with 47.1 seconds left.

The Phoenix drove to the Appalachian 4, but had to settle for Andrew Wilcox's 21-yard field goal and a 14-10 margin at the break.

Brandon Newsome added 118 yards rushing for Elon, which has lost two of its past three games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ELON
APP
1st Downs2318
Total Yards361367
Passing196165
Rushing165202
Penalties7-665-55
3rd Down Conversions9-196-11
4th Down Conversions1-30-1
Turnovers12
Possession32:2727:33

Passing Leaders

ElonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riddle20/391965.021
Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edwards12/1414710.530

Rushing Leaders

ElonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Newsome251184.7013
Riddle11302.7015
Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards121048.7022
Welton13544.2014

Receiving Leaders

ElonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williamson58416.8155
Jeffcoat77110.1022
Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quick34013.3122
Cline13333.0133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERELONAPP
TD04:02Ben Jorden 13 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Jason Vitaris Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERELONAPP
TD12:29Matt Cline 33 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Jason Vitaris Kick) 014
TD09:11Bo Williamson 55 Yd Pass From Scott Riddle (Andrew Wilcox Kick) 714
FG00:18Andrew Wilcox 21 Yd 1014
THIRD QUARTERELONAPP
TD11:10Terrell Hudgins 13 Yd Pass From Scott Riddle (Pat Failed) 1614
TD09:49Brian Quick 22 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Jason Vitaris Kick) 1621
FOURTH QUARTERELONAPP
FG09:03Jason Vitaris 24 Yd 1624