Scores

Final

S Carolina St 21

(10-3, 5-3 away)

Appalachian St 37

(11-2, 7-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC

1 2 3 4 T
SCST 7 7 7 021
APP 7 10 7 1337

Top Performers

Passing: A. Edwards (APP) - 433 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. Ford (SCST) - 23 CAR, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Quick (APP) - 5 REC, 95 YDS, 2 TD

Edwards' 433 passing yards help Appalachian St. oust South Carolina St.

Associated Press

BOONE, N.C. -- Armanti Edwards passed for a school record 433 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Appalachian State to a 37-21 victory against South Carolina State on Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Mountaineers (11-2), three-time reigning Subdivision champions who were unbeaten in the Southern Conference this season, notched their first 400-yard passing game during the postseason in school history. Appalachian State, which will host Richmond in the quarterfinals on Dec. 6, didn't have a single rushing yard by a running back in the first half.

Richmond beat Eastern Kentucky 38-10 on Saturday.

Appalachian State tried to run out the clock with less than two minutes left and a 10-point lead, but South Carolina State (10-3) called timeout twice on the drive. The Mountaineers countered with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to Quick in the final seconds, setting off a celebration from the Mountaineers' bench.

Edwards shook off three straight three-and-outs early in the second half to lead Appalachian State back from a 14-10 deficit. After taking the lead just before halftime on a 27-yard hook up between Edwards and CoCo Hillary, Edwards scored from 2-yards out on the ground to extend the Mountaineers' lead to 10 at the start of the third. Edwards finished with 48 rushing yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SCST
APP
1st Downs2130
Total Yards325557
Passing176433
Rushing149124
Penalties6-606-70
3rd Down Conversions4-154-12
4th Down Conversions2-51-2
Turnovers23
Possession29:5230:08

Passing Leaders

South Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Long17/401764.421
Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edwards29/4143310.642

Rushing Leaders

South Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford231175.1121
Jamison10191.905
Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson11585.3016
Edwards19482.5116

Receiving Leaders

South Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Darby56813.6219
Dubose6599.8018
Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quick59519.0233
Hillary59418.8127

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSCSTAPP
TD06:29Octavius Darby 19 Yd Pass From Malcolm Long (Blake Erickson Kick) 70
TD03:28Ben Jorden 6 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Jason Vitaris Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSCSTAPP
FG12:44Jason Vitaris 26 Yd 710
TD07:40Octavius Darby 15 Yd Pass From Malcolm Long (Blake Erickson Kick) 1410
TD02:34CoCo Hillary 27 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Jason Vitaris Kick) 1417
THIRD QUARTERSCSTAPP
TD08:42Armanti Edwards 2 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 1424
TD03:34William Ford 13 Yd Run (Blake Erickson Kick) 2124
FOURTH QUARTERSCSTAPP
TD07:21Brian Quick 2 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Jason Vitaris Kick) 2131
TD00:05Brian Quick 33 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Pat Failed) 2137