The Mountaineers continued their run through the Southern Conference as they blasted The Citadel 39-10 on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in front of a crowd of 29,519.
It was Appalachian State's 24th consecutive win in the SoCon, and its 18th win against the Bulldogs, who haven't beaten the Mountaineers since 1992. ASU (6-0 overall; 4-0 in the SoCon) is also off to its best start since 1995.
"I'm pretty pleased with how we played against their option offense,"said ASU coach Jerry Moore. "Of course, they're new at it. Georgia Southern and Wofford are veteran teams at running the option. But we did a good job defensively not giving up the big play."
ASU held The Citadel (2-5; 0-4) to 197 yards. It was the Bulldogs lowest offensive output since the Arizona game (on September 11). The Bulldogs were held to 171 yards in that game. Saturday's win was also career win No.195 for Jerry Moore.
DeAndre Presley was 14-25 for 241 yards and five touchdowns, tying the school record set by Armanti Edwards, who had five touchdown tosses against Wofford in 2008. He also had 27 yards rushing, and 268 yards offensively on the day. He didn't play in the fourth quarter.
Jason Vitaris, who had two extra-point attempts blocked on the day, had a pair of field goals, including a season-high 39 yarder.
"We're just going out there every week and trying to have fun," said Travaris Cadet, who had 138 yards of offense, including a touchdown. "Right now with the talent we have, I feel we are very strong in every area. We have athletes everywhere, that's why we're No.1 in the country. If there's a weakness out there, I don't see it."
Cadet caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown; he had eight carries for 59 yards. As a team, the Apps had 155 yards on the ground. But the Apps fell behind early, when they fumbled the ball away and Erik Clanton returned it 40 yards to the ASU 22-yard-line, setting up Matt Thompson's one-yard score for a 7-0 lead.
But a 65-yard scoring strike from Presley to Brian Quick, his first of two touchdown grabs on the day, made it 7-6 as the Bulldogs blocked the extra point. The scoring drive took one play and all of nine seconds. Then with 3:23 left in the opening stanza, a 3-yard touchdown toss from Presley to CoCo Hillary put the Apps on top to stay at 13-7.
In all, the Mountaineers scored 29 consecutive points, grabbing a 29-7 lead at the break, and putting the contest out of reach. A 73-yard catch-and-run by Cadet with 1:29 left in the third quarter was the final exclamation point in the blow-out win. Quick finished with three catches for 99 yards.
Saturday's game was a far cry from last year's overtime win in Charleston.
“Last year we stopped ourselves a lot in the red zone and throughout the game," Presley said. "Offensively we stopped ourselves a lot. This week we know that if we don’t stop ourselves we could put up points.
"We didn’t stop ourselves and allowed ourselves to play football.”
The Mountaineers travel to Cullowee on Saturday to play Western Carolina. Our coverage begins at 1 pm on AM 1450, WATA.
NOTES:For the first time in school history, ASU did not allow an opponent to complete a pass (0-for-6, 1 INT). The previous ASU record for fewest passing yards allowed was three in a 7-0 loss to Western Carolina (1-for-11) in 1965.....ASU’s Mark LeGree moved alone into third in school history with his 21st career interception in the third quarter.....ASU beat The Citadel for the ninth-straight time at Kidd Brewer Stadium and the 16th time in the last 17 meetings overall. The Citadel has not won at KBS since 1992.....Appalachian won for the 52nd time in its last 55 home games.....The only disappointment on the day, senior running back Devon Moore had -12 yards on four carries.
1 2 3 4 T
The Citadel 7 0 3 0 - 10
Appalachian St. 13 16 10 0 - 39
10:29 1Q - CIT. THOMPSON 1 YD RUN (SELLER'S KICK) 7-0
10:13 1Q - ASU - QUICK 65 YD PASS FROM PRESLEY (KICK BLOCKED) 7-6
3:23 1Q - ASU - HILLARY 3 YD PASS FROM PRESLEY (VITARIS KICK) 13-7
14:48 2Q - ASU - VITARIS 36 YD FIELD GOAL 16-7
10:31 2Q - ASU - JORDAN 5 YD PASS FROM PRESLEY (KICK BLOCKED) 22-7
2:07 2Q - ASU - QUICK 22 YD PASS FROM PRESLEY (VITARIS KICK) 29-7
10:52 3Q - CIT - SELLERS 47 YD FIELD GOAL 29-10
6:24 3Q - ASU - VITARIS 39 YD FIELD GOAL 32-10
1:28 3Q - ASU - CADET 73 YD PASS FROM PRESLEY (VITARIS KICK) 39-10
TOTAL YARDS: ASU 393 THE CITADEL 197
RUSHING YARDS: ASU 155, THE CITADEL 197
PASSING YARDS: ASU 241 THE CITADEL 0
PASSING: ASU: DEANDRE PRESLEY 14-25 241 YARDS 5 TDS
THE CITADEL: SAM MARTIN 0-3-1; MATT THOMPSON 0-3
RUSHING: ASU: TRAVARIS CADEL 8-59; DEANDRE PRESLEY 4-27
THE CITADEL: MATT THOMPSON 10-69, DARIEN ROBINSON 14-56; SAM MARTIN 10-48
RECEIVING: ASU: BRIAN QUICK 3-99-2TD; TRAVARIS CADET 3-79-TD.