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Spiders End Mountaineer's National Title Run PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Saturday, 06 December 2008 15:47

556.jpgAppalachian State’s streak of consecutive national titles will end with three as the Richmond Spiders upended the Mountaineers 33-13 at the Rock on Saturday afternoon.

 

ASU lead 7-6 going into the half before an explosive Richmond 3rd quarter, in which they outscored the Apps by 11 points.

 

There were a few keys that lead to ASU’s second home loss in 44 games, the biggest of which, has to be turnovers.  The Mountaineers turned the ball over seven times, while the Spiders took great care of the ball and didn’t have any lost fumbles or interceptions.

 

Despite throwing five interceptions, Appalachian quarterback, Armanti Edwards completed 26 of 41 passes for 323 yards.

 

The Spiders also held the Mountaineer offense to 39 rushing yards.  Edwards, who is usually nimble and shifty, said he was slowed down by a knee injury, and did not account for any rushing yards.

 

On offense, Richmond was lead by Josh Vaughn who rushed for 133 yards.

 

In his last press conference as an ASU football player, senior wide receiver TJ Courman uplifted his teammates and said, “It’s a hard pill to swallow because of what we’ve been through and how far we’ve come, but there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and these guys will be right back on top next year.  I guarantee it.”

 

Courman lead all ASU receivers with seven catches for 63 yards and one touchdown Saturday.

 

Despite the setback, it was a historic day for two Appalachian athletes as Edwards set a Southern Conference record for touchdowns accounted for in a season with 41 and senior linebacker Pierre Banks set an NCAA record by playing in 61 games throughout his collegiate career.

 

The Apps are scheduled to open up their 2009 campaign against state-rival East Carolina in September.

 

Pictures Courtesy of Phillip Greene

 

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