|Cox Shines in Win at Elon|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Sunday, 22 September 2013 08:02|
Behind 308 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns from true freshman Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), Appalachian State University football opened its final
Southern Conference campaign with a 31-21 triumph over Elon on Saturday evening at soggy Rhodes Stadium. Cox rushed 26 times for 159 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 149 yards and two more scores to help give Scott Satterfield his first victory as a head coach.
Thanks in large part to Cox’s 50- and 73-yard touchdown receptions, Appalachian State raced out to a 24-0 lead with 2:50 to go in the first half. The Mountaineers carried a seemingly comfortable 24-7 advantage into the final period but Elon scored back-to-back touchdowns to pull within a field goal at 24-21 with 3:43 remaining in the ballgame.
However, Appalachian would not relinquish the lead thanks to Cox, who accounted for all 75 yards on the ensuing possession that culminated with the freshman scoring from three yards out to stretch the advantage to 31-21 with 1:27 to go in the ballgame. Cox toted the ball six times during the victory-clinching 75-yard drive, including a pivotal 18-yard gain on third-and-seven from the Apps’ 28 yard line and the three-yard jaunt that all but sealed the Mountaineers’ 18th-straight win over Elon.
After managing just 353 yards per game in season-opening defeats to Montana and North Carolina A&T, Appalachian State amassed 599 yards of offense on Saturday night, including 404 through the air. Additionally, the Mountaineers’ 31 points were more than they put on the board in the first two games combined (27) and the Apps held a commanding 35:02-24:58 advantage in time of possession.
The high-powered offense had a pair of engineers. Senior Jamal Londry-Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) made his 22nd-consecutive start at quarterback and completed 16-of-21 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown while behind center primarily for the first and third quarters. Working primarily the second and fourth periods, sophomore Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) completed 9-of-12 passes for 199 yards and two scores. Neither signal-caller turned the ball over.
Appalachian State’s offense was also buoyed by the return of sophomore wide receiver Sean Price (Reston, Va./South Lakes). In his first game of the season, Price caught a game-high eight passes for 99 yards, coming up just a yard short of what would have been his fifth-straight 100-yard performance. As usual, the all-American and Walter Payton Award candidate turned in some highlight-reel-worthy plays, including a 41-yard touchdown from Bryant in the second quarter and a leaping 31-yard catch from Londry-Jackson that moved the Mountaineers off their own goal line in the third.
Seniors Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) and Andrew Peacock (Durham, N.C./Northern Durham) added five catches apiece or 71 and 54 yards, respectively. Defensively, freshman inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) turned in another monster performance with a game-high 15 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pair of interceptions, the latter of which ended any hopes of an Elon comeback with at the Appalachian 29 yard line with 39 seconds left in the game.
In all, the Mountaineers’ allowed a season-low 21 points and held Elon to convert just five of its 14 third downs.
With its first victory of the season under its belt, Appalachian State returns to Kidd Brewer Stadium next Saturday for what has turned into an intriguing non-conference tilt versus 4-0 Charleston Southern. The Family Weekend contest between the Mountaineers and undefeated Buccaneers is set for 3:30 p.m.
NOTES: With its 18th-straight victory over Elon, Appalachian State completed a perfect 11-0 run versus the Phoenix in SoCon play ... the game opened the final SoCon campaign for both programs — Appalachian will join the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference and Elon is moving to the NCAA Division I FCS Colonial Athletic Association in 2014 ... the Mountaineers’ winning streak versus Elon dates back to 1965 — Appalachian’s last loss in the series came on Oct. 3, 1964 ... Appalachian State avoided its first 0-3 start since 1993 ... the Mountaineers moved to 25-2 in their last 27 games that immediately followed a same-season loss ... Londry-Jackson moved into a tie for third place in Appalachian State history with 476 career completions (tying D.J. Campbell – 1989-92) ... the 200-yard passing game was the 18th of his career, moving him into a tie for second in program history with Richie Williams (2002-05).
ASU 31, ELON 21
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Appalachian State 7 17 0 7 - 31
Elon 0 7 0 14 - 21
1st 11:25 APP - Marcus Cox 50 yd pass from Jamal Londry-Jackson (Drew Stewart kick), 6-90 2:25 7 - 0
2nd 14:55 APP - Drew Stewart 35 yd field goal, 8-42 3:27 10 - 0
09:03 APP - Marcus Cox 73 yd pass from Kameron Bryant (Drew Stewart kick), 3-80 1:04 17 - 0
02:50 APP - Sean Price 41 yd pass from Kameron Bryant (Drew Stewart kick), 5-94 1:34 24 - 0
00:39 ELON - Kierre Brown 5 yd pass from Mike Quinn (John Gallagher kick), 8-49 2:02 24 - 7
4th 07:19 ELON - B.J. Bennett 1 yd run (John Gallagher kick), 14-85 4:28 24 - 14
03:43 ELON - Karl Bostick 13 yd run (John Gallagher kick), 7-79 1:52 24 - 21
01:27 APP - Marcus Cox 3 yd run (Drew Stewart kick), 7-75 2:16 31 - 21
FIRST DOWNS: ASU 25, ELON 24
RUSHING YARDS: ASU 195, ELON 193
PASSING YARDS: ASU 404, ELON 244
TOTAL YARDS: ASU 599, ELON 497
FUMBLES/LOST: ASU 3-2, ELON 1-1
TURNOVERS: ASU 2, ELON 3
POSSESSION TIME: 35:02, ELON 24:58
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS: ASU: 7-14, ELON 5-14
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS: ASU 0-1, ELON 1-1
ASU: COX 26-159-TD
ELON: BENNETT 16-86-TD, BOSITIC 15-62-TD
ASU: LONDRY-JACKSON 16-21-205-TD, BRYANT 9-12-199-2TD
ELON: QUINN 26-35-I-TD-229
ASU: PRICE 8-99-TD, COX 5-149-2TD, WASHINGTON 5-71, PEACOCK 5-54
ELON: RORIE 6-90, BROWN 6-37-TD
Photo Courtesy: John Law, ASU Athletics
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