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Appalachian St 48

(2-0, 1-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC

1 2 3 4 T
LEN 0 0 0 77
APP 21 17 10 048

Top Performers

Passing: T. Elder (APP) - 210 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Elder (APP) - 11 CAR, 90 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Jackson (APP) - 2 REC, 77 YDS, 2 TD

Appalachian St. 48, Lenoir-Rhyne 7

Associated Press

BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Jerry Moore looked up and saw every seat filled. The grassy bank was full of fans, too, and it seemed as though every other Appalachian State fan was wearing a T-shirt with a saying that celebrated the monumental upset of Michigan a week earlier.

"I'm going to tell you I was taken aback by it," the Mountaineers coach said. "They were sitting on top of that chicken wagon. They were in the trees. It was awesome thing."

Moore's players made sure the good times continued.

Backup Trey Elder threw four touchdown passes and ran for another -- on the Mountaineers' first five possessions -- in a 48-7 win over overmatched Division II Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday in front of a record crowd still delirious about the school's recent fame.

A week after pulling off perhaps the biggest upset in college football history, swaths of fans wore T-shirts saying "We Brought Down The House 34-32." Other shirts read "Betcha know where Boone, N.C. is now!!!" and "Where's Ann Arbor?"

The lingering celebration didn't affect Appalachian State (2-0), whose speed was too much for the Bears (0-2), even as quarterback Armanti Edwards sat out with a minor injury, a sore shoulder.

Elder, whom Edwards replaced early last season, picked apart Lenoir-Rhyne, throwing for 210 yards and rushing for 90 more in the Mountaineers' 16th straight win.

"We love playing here at home," Elder said. "I think we did a good job of preparing all week -- even with the distractions."

Two of Elder's four touchdown passes went to Sports Illustrated cover boy Dexter Jackson. The second was a 59-yarder that displayed Jackson's explosive speed and reminded fans why Appalachian won a week earlier.

That TD made it 35-0 with 10:58 left in the first half. Moore put in numerous second-stringers after that. Every player that won't be redshirted played.

With the game a foregone conclusion midway through the first quarter, the loudest cheers came at halftime when the video board showed a replay of Corey Lynch's blocked field goal attempt on the final play to preserve the Michigan win.

Michigan was still on the minds of almost everyone on an unseasonably warm day in this Blue Ridge Mountains town. The crowd erupted in laughter in the third quarter when it was announced Oregon was blowing out the Wolverines.

"I don't care what kind of season they have," Moore said. "We were the first one to go into that stadium this year. It's still Michigan."

Fans started pulling into parking spots near campus to tailgate more than six hours before kickoff. In the sea of black and gold, a fan displayed a blown-up photograph of the scoreboard at the Big House a week earlier.

School officials seemed to struggle at times handling the increased interest. Parking lots filled up quickly, and lines crisscrossed down streets of the hilly campus as fans waited to get into the stadium 90 minutes before kickoff.

One fan apparently stole the 2006 Southern Conference championship banner near one end zone. The public address announcer pleaded for it to be "returned to customer service."

Kidd Brewer Stadium seats only 16,650, but another 10,000 filled a grassy hill behind one end zone. When space ran out there, fans sat along the edge of rocks near the light towers. Another dozen sat atop a food wagon near the scoreboard. The crowd was announced at 28,802 in the school's 28th straight home win.

Still more got a free, but long-distance, view from a hill behind the corner of the other end zone, above a large sign proclaiming the Mountaineers as back-to-back champions of the Football Championship Subdivision -- formerly Division I-AA.

They cheered in the third quarter when eccentric school chancellor Kenneth Peacock stood on a platform and was carried by students along the sideline as he displayed the championship trophies.

The setting was too much for the Bears, a Lutheran school of about 1,600 students about 45 miles down the windy mountain road of US-321.

Lenoir-Rhyne, coached by former Duke and Rice boss Fred Goldsmith, lost starting quarterback Justin Sanders to a broken hand in its season-opening 28-13 loss to fellow Division II school Virginia Union.

Backup Daniel Anderson was 11-of-19 for 80 yards. The Bears were outgained 403-195.

James Pone's 90 yards rushing and Andrew Courman's 5-yard TD run with 44 seconds left were consolations.

But the discrepancy in size and speed was apparent early as two Lenoir-Rhyne players had their helmets fly off on kick returns.

"We had our chance to be America's team, but I guess that stays with App," Goldsmith said. "Oregon might have broken that bubble today, but App is for real. Speed, speed, speed.

"And I hope they win the whole thing again."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LEN
APP
1st Downs1117
Total Yards195403
Passing80210
Rushing115193
Penalties6-355-30
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers00
Possession36:4023:20

Passing Leaders

Lenoir-RhyneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Anderson11/19804.200
Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elder9/1321016.240

Rushing Leaders

Lenoir-RhyneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pone23914.000
Anderson1290.800
Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Elder11908.210
Moore11383.510

Receiving Leaders

Lenoir-RhyneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders3289.300
Odrick11717.000
Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson27738.520
Washington26934.510

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLENAPP
TD10:41Dexter Jackson 18 Yd Pass From Trey Elder (Julian Rauch Kick) 07
TD08:58Tavaris Washington 42 Yd Pass From Trey Elder (Julian Rauch Kick) 014
TD02:27Trey Elder 3 Yd Run (Julian Rauch Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERLENAPP
TD14:44Nic Cardwell 33 Yd Pass From Trey Elder (Julian Rauch Kick) 028
TD10:58Dexter Jackson 59 Yd Pass From Trey Elder (Julian Rauch Kick) 035
FG06:43Julian Rauch 40 Yd 038
THIRD QUARTERLENAPP
FG12:52Julian Rauch 40 Yd 041
TD01:19Devon Moore 12 Yd Run (Julian Rauch Kick) 048
FOURTH QUARTERLENAPP
TD00:44Andrew Courman 5 Yd Run (Andrew Coln Kick) 748