� Second-ranked Appalachian State University jumped out to a 41-7 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a convincing 47-21 win over No. 12 The Citadel at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Appalachian (3-2, 1-0 SoCon) racked up 363 yards of offense in the first half alone and found the end zone on its final six possessions of the half to take the commanding halftime lead.
Quarterback Armanti Edwards
, who overcame an ankle injury suffered in last Saturday’s win over Presbyterian, highlighted ASU’s first-half dominance by rushing 11 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns and completing 10-of-12 passes for 177 yards and three more scores before the break. The junior, who became only the 12th player in NCAA Division I history (FBS or FCS) with 3,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in a career, finished the contest with 225 yards and a career-best four touchdowns on 14-of-18 passing and 80 yards on 15 carries.
The Mountaineers scored just once in the opening quarter on Devin Radford
’s 29-yard touchdown run just under 10 minutes in. However, the second period was all Black and Gold, as the Apps scored five times to take the 41-7 advantage into the break. Edwards accounted for all five second-quarter touchdowns with runs of 16 and three yards and passes of 25 yards to Matt Cline
, four yards to CoCo Hillary
and, the back-breaker, a 68-yard screen pass to Radford with 15 seconds to go in the half.
Not to be overlooked in the impressive performance was the effort turned in by Appalachian’s defense. ASU limited The Citadel (3-2, 1-1 SoCon), which came into the contest with the Southern Conference’s second-ranked scoring offense at 35.5 points per game, to just 245 yards on the afternoon, 170 below its average. The Citadel managed only 82 yards in the first half.
The Bulldogs tried to make it interesting by cutting the deficit to 41-21 midway through the fourth quarter on a 50-yard punt return by Andre Roberts and a nine-yard scoring connection from Bart Blanchard to Alex Sellars. However, after recovering an onside kick, the Mountaineers iced the triumph on a 24-yard strike from Edwards to Josh Johnson
Besides Edwards, Radford was Appalachian’s offensive star with 72 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to go along with the 68-yard touchdown reception. Cline chipped in with 74 all-purpose yards (49 rushing, 25 receiving).Cortez Gilbert
paced the Mountaineers defensively with 11 tackles and two pass break-ups. D.J. Smith
added nine tackles and a pair of pass break-ups and true freshman Lanston Tanyi
made seven stops and hurried the passer four times.
Appalachian continues SoCon play next Saturday when it travels to league-newcomer Samford. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (EDT) at Seibert Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.NOTES:
Appalachian won for the 37th time in its last 38 home games ... ASU moved to 29-8 all-time and 16-4 under head coach Jerry Moore
in SoCon openers ... the Mountaineers beat The Citadel for the 14th time in the past 15 meetings and eighth-straight time in Boone ... with their 11th in the past 12 homecoming games, ASU moved to 34-11-2 all-time in homecoming affairs ... ASU’s 41 first-half points were its most in a single ahalf since scoring 45 in the first half of last year’s win over Western Carolina while they were the most allowed by The Citadel since Florida State scored 49 in the second half in 2005 ... in three career games versus The Citadel, Edwards has accounted for 953 yards (547 passing, 406 rushing) and 12 touchdowns (seven passing, five rushing) ... Cline’s touchdown was the first of his career while Hillary’s was his first-ever scoring reception.