Scores

Final

Appalachian St 35

(10-2, 4-2 away)

W Carolina 10

(3-9, 2-4 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

1 2 3 4 T
APP 0 7 14 1435
WCU 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: D. Presley (APP) - 158 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Presley (APP) - 25 CAR, 156 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Jorden (APP) - 3 REC, 41 YDS, 1 TD

Appalachian St. 35, W. Carolina 10

Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- DeAndre Presley, playing for an injured Armanti Edwards, passed for 158 yards and ran for 156 to help Appalachian State rally from a three-point halftime deficit and defeat Western Carolina 35-10 on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (10-2, 8-0 Southern Conference) complete an unbeaten conference season and clinched their fourth straight league title. Wofford defeated Furman 35-10, but needed a Western Carolina victory to gain a share of the title.

Instead, Appalachian State won its ninth straight game and likely secured a top-four seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, which start next weekend.

Western Carolina (3-9, 1-7), leading 10-7 at halftime, lost 14 yards in the third quarter and surrendered 28 unanswered points. The Catamounts failed to convert a first down on nine straight possessions spanning the first and second halves.

Edwards suffered a hip injury last week against Elon and was available Saturday, but didn't play.

Presley, held to 65 yards passing in the first half, more than doubled his total on Appalachian State's second scoring drive of the second half, capped by a 17-yard strike to Ben Jorden for a 21-10 lead.

Presley scored Appalachian State's first two touchdowns, on 6-yard runs in each half, and added a third on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Catamounts' last win in the series, dubbed the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug, came in 2004. Appalachian State has won 26 of 33 games since the jug's introduction in 1976. Appalachian State won last season's game 71-35.

Adrian McLeod made two big plays to stop Appalachian State and allow the Catamounts to take a 10-7 lead.

McLeod first stopped Trey Hennessee for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the Catamounts' 5.

Then, McLeod tipped a pass attempt from Presley, which Mitchell Bell intercepted at midfield. It led to Blake Bostic's 43-yard field goal late in the first half and a 10-7 lead.

Western Carolina's Zack Jaynes scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Jaynes was 5-for-26 for 63 yards and was sacked five times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
APP
WCU
1st Downs217
Total Yards38272
Passing15874
Rushing224-2
Penalties4-483-26
3rd Down Conversions5-131-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers31
Possession33:2826:32

Passing Leaders

Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Presley16/251586.311
Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jaynes5/26632.400

Rushing Leaders

Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Presley251566.2333
Jackson8293.618
Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Warley11282.506
Curtis252.504

Receiving Leaders

Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hillary55611.2020
Jorden34113.7117
Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Curtis23015.0029
Thomas22613.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAPPWCU
TD00:22Zack Jaynes 1 Yd Run (Blake Bostic Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERAPPWCU
TD08:36DeAndre Presley 6 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 77
FG03:05Blake Bostic 43 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERAPPWCU
TD12:11DeAndre Presley 3 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 1410
TD06:08Ben Jorden 17 Yd Pass From DeAndre Presley (Jason Vitaris Kick) 2110
FOURTH QUARTERAPPWCU
TD13:07Josh Jackson 8 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 2810
TD03:47DeAndre Presley 30 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 3510