|Samford Tops Mountaineers, 34-10|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Saturday, 12 October 2013 22:35|
Appalachian State University football managed just 223 yards of offense — its lowest output in seven years — in a 34-10 loss to No. 23 Samford on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Appalachian State’s (1-5, 1-2 SoCon) 223 yards were its fewest since it managed only 133 in a 23-10 defeat at NC State to open the 2006 season. The Mountaineers moved the ball well in spurts and picked up 17 first downs, including at least one on seven of their 12 possessions (not counting a one-play series to end the ballgame). However, all but two of those possessions ultimately ended in punts and Appalachian scored its fewest points in a home game since a 24-10 loss to Marshall on Oct. 26, 1996.
Meanwhile, Samford (5-2, 3-0 SoCon) racked up 461 yards in its first victory over Appalachian since 1970. Two-hundred-and-fifty-nine of the Bulldogs’ 461 yards came in the first half, as it jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead.
Samford grabbed a 7-0 advantage just 2:02 into the game but the Mountaineers’ defense followed with four-straight stops, including three three-and-outs. Thanks to the stellar defensive stretch and a 38-yard field goal by Drew Stewart (Gastonia, N.C./North Gaston) near the end of the first quarter, Appalachian State trailed just 7-3 midway through the second period.
However, Samford put together back-to-back long touchdown drives (71 and 80 yards) to close the first half and took a commanding 21-3 lead into the locker room. Appalachian never drew any closer and avoided being held to single-digit points at home for the first time in 21 years when Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) found Andrew Peacock (Durham, N.C./Northern Durham) for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 4:11 to go in the ballgame.
True freshman running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) continued to be a bright spot for the Mountaineers, racking up 118 all-purpose yards (79 rushing, 39 receiving) on 24 touches (18 rushes, five receptions). However, he was held without a touchdown for the first time since the season opener at Montana.
Despite another impressive outing by Cox, the top individual performance of the afternoon came from true freshman punter Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy), who averaged 54.9 yards over nine punts, good for the fourth-longest single-game average in school history. Four of his nine punts pinned Samford inside the 20 yard line.
Fabian Truss led Samford with 217 all-purpose yards, including 82 rushing and 73 receiving, while quarterback Andy Summerlin completed 20-of-31 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown.
Appalachian State looks to snap its three-game losing streak — its longest since 1993 — when it travels to Furman next Saturday. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C.
NOTES: Dating back to its season-ending loss to Illinois State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship, Appalachian State has lost four-straight home games, its longest home losing streak since it dropped four in a row at then-Conrad Stadium in 1970-71 (Oct. 31, 1970 – 9-7 vs. East Tennessee State; Nov. 7, 1970 – 42-35 vs. Samford; Nov. 14, 1970 – 37-13 vs. Wofford; Sept. 25, 1971 – 26-0 vs. Western Carolina) ... Appalachian dropped to 6-2 all-time versus Samford, including a 5-1 record in six Southern Conference matchups ... Appalachian was the only team Samford had not previously beaten in five-plus seasons in the SoCon ... in addition to the 223 yards being the Mountaineers’ fewest since the season-opening loss at NC State in 2006, it was also their lowest offensive output versus an NCAA Division I FCS opponent since Oct. 16, 2004 at Georgia Southern (175 yards in a 54-7 loss) and its lowest total at home since Aug. 31, 1991 versus Marshall (211 yards in a 9-3 win) ... Appalachian is 1-5 for the first time since 1993 and its three-game losing streak is its longest within the confines of one season since it dropped three in a row from Oct. 9-23, 1993 (at Furman, vs. Georgia Southern, at Marshall) ... the Mountaineers have not been held to single-digit points at home since they were shut out by The Citadel (25-0) in 1992.
• Appalachian State (1-5, 1-2 SoCon) dropped its third-consecutive game, marking the first time that it has suffered three-straight same season losses since Oct. 9-23, 1993.
• Appalachian State is also 1-5 overall for the first time since 1993.
• The loss was Appalachian State’s fourth-straight at home dating back to its season-ending loss to Illinois State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship and marks the first time since 1970-71 that Appalachian has lost four in a row at home (Oct. 31, 1970 – 9-7 vs. East Tennessee State; Nov. 7, 1970 – 42-35 vs. Samford; Nov. 14, 1970 – 37-13 vs. Wofford; Sept. 25, 1971 – 26-0 vs. Western Carolina).
• Appalachian State dropped to 6-2 all-time versus Samford (5-2, 3-0 SoCon) with its first loss to the Bulldogs since 1970. Appalachian had won five-straight meetings between the two schools since Samford joined the Southern Conference in 2008.
• The loss snapped Appalachian State’s 10-game winning streak in homecoming games. Appalachian had not lost on homecoming since a 26-19 loss to Wofford in 2002.
• Appalachian State’s 10 points were the fewest it has scored at home since a 24-10 loss to Marshall on Oct. 26, 1996.
SAMFORD 34, APP STATE 10
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Samford 7 14 3 10 - 34
Appalachian State 3 0 0 7 - 10
12:58 SAM - Michael Pierce 1 yd run (Warren Handrahan kick), 6-80 2:02 7 - 0
00:07 APP - Drew Stewart 38 yd field goal, 12-54 6:03 7 - 3
08:07 SAM - D'Morrise Bledsoe 26 yd run (Warren Handrahan kick), 5-71 1:47 14 - 3
01:36 SAM - Kelvin Clay 7 yd pass from Andy Summerlin (Warren Handrahan kick), 9-80 3:19 21 - 3
08:08 SAM - Warren Handrahan 30 yd field goal, 6-66 1:49 24 - 3
13:39 SAM - Warren Handrahan 23 yd field goal, 14-81 6:37 27 - 3
04:11 APP - Andrew Peacock 15 yd pass from Kameron Bryant (Drew Stewart kick), 8-41 3:18 27 - 10
00:22 SAM - Jeremiaha Gates 1 yd run (Warren Handrahan kick), 7-42 3:44 34 - 10
FIRST DOWNS: SAMFORD 20, APP STATE 17
RUSHING YARDS: SAMFORD 196, APP STATE 67
PASSING YARDS: SAMFORD 256, APP STATE 156
TOTAL YARDS: SAMFORD 461, APP STATE 223
PENALTY YARDS: SAMFORD 6-62, SAMFORD 6-36
TURNOVERS: SAMFORD 0, APP STATE 0
3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS: SAMFORD 4-12, APP STATE 3-14
4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS: SAMFORD 0-0, APP STATE 0-1
TIME OF POSSESSION: SAMFORD 29:04, APP STATE 30:56
SAMFORD: TRUSS 11-82, BLEDSOE 10-79
APP STATE: COX 18-79
SAMFORD: SUMMERLIN 20-31-265-TD
APP STATE: BRYANT 20-33-156-TD
SAMFORD: TRUSS 4-73, HAMILTON 3-56
APP STATE: PEACOCK 6-61-TD, COX 5-39
Photo Courtesy: Marcus Cox, App State Athletics
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