|ASU Makes Final SoCon Trip to Wofford|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Friday, 15 November 2013 09:54|
Appalachian State football hits the road for the final time in Southern Conference play on Saturday when it travels to No. 24 Wofford. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Appalachian IMG Sports Network and locally on AM 1450, WATA Radio. Live coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. with Pigskin Prelude. Please go to appstatesports.com for a full list of Appalachian IMG Sports Network affiliates or to listen live online.
NOTING SATURDAY'S MATCHUP
• Saturday’s game at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium is Appalachian State’s 148th and final SoCon road game. The Mountaineers are 88-57-2 (.605) in conference road games since joining the SoCon in 1972.
• The contest is also the last one in the forseeable future between Appalachian and Wofford. App State leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1960, 17-12, including an 11-5 advantage since the Terriers joined the SoCon in 1997.
• However, over the past decade, the series has turned into one of the SoCon’s fiercest matchups. Appalachian holds a slight 6-5 edge in 11 meetings versus Wofford since 2002 while either the Mountaineers or Terriers have won at least a share of eight of the last 10 SoCon championships.
• Appalachian State is coming off a strong showing at Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia last Saturday. The Mountaineers trailed the Bulldogs, who moved back into the Associated Press top 25 this week, 14-6 at halftime and 17-6 with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter before UGA pulled away for a 45-6 victory that was much closer than the final score would indicate.
• Like Appalachian (2-8, 2-4 SoCon), Wofford (5-4, 4-2 SoCon) has lost back-to-back games with defeats to SoCon front-runners Samford (34-27 on Oct. 26) and Chattanooga (20-10 last Saturday).
• While Wofford can still win a share of the SoCon title with victories over Appalachian State and Furman to close the season and a Chattanooga loss to Samford on Saturday, a defeat to App State would not only end the Terriers’ hopes for a conference crown but also likely eliminate them from contention for a fourth-straight postseason berth.
• As is usual in the Appalachian State-Wofford series, Saturday’s matchup pits two distinctively different offensive styles. With its spread offense, Appalachian ranks second in the SoCon in passing (275.7 ypg). Utilizing a triple-option attack, Wofford is third in the league and seventh in NCAA Division I FCS in rushing (262.1 ypg).
• Appalachian State senior wide receiver Andrew Peacock needs just four catches on Saturday to become the program’s all-time leader in receptions, breaking the record of 202 set by current St. Louis Ram Brian Quick from 2007-11.
For all of the information on Saturday's matchup, including links to live video, audio and stats, both teams' rosters, depth charts, game notes and much more, please visit appstatesports.com's official Gameday Central page.
Photo Courtesy: Scott Satterfield, ASU Athletics
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