Scores

Final

E Washington 35

(9-4, 6-2 Big Sky)

Appalachian St 38

(11-2, 5-2 Southern)

12:00 PM ET, December 1, 2007

Kidd Brewer Stadium, BOONE, NC

1 2 3 4 T
EWU 0 7 14 1435
APP 7 14 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: A. Edwards (APP) - 221 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Edwards (APP) - 23 CAR, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Batichon (APP) - 5 REC, 41 YDS, 1 TD

Defending champs App. State holds off Eastern Washington

BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Armanti Edwards threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead two-time champion Appalachian State to a 38-35 win over Eastern Washington Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision playoff quarterfinals.

Edwards had 221 yards passing and rushed for 126 yards for the Mountaineers (11-2), who tied an NCAA record with their 10th straight postseason win.

Appalachian State, which stunned Michigan in Ann Arbor on national TV to open the season, built a 38-21 lead on Kevin Richardson's 16-yard touchdown run with 6:07 left, then had to hold off a furious Eastern Washington rally.

Dale Morris scored from a yard out to cut the lead to 38-28 and Matt Nichols found Matt Martin for a 2-yard score to make it 38-35 with 28 seconds remaining.

The Mountaineers then recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock, advancing to the semifinals next week against Richmond, which took a 21-10 victory over Wofford Saturday night.

Nichols was 24 of 42 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and Morris rushed for 69 yards for Eastern Washington (9-4), which had its five-game winning streak snapped a week after upsetting No. 2 seed McNeese State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EWU
APP
1st Downs2428
Total Yards368529
Passing185221
Rushing183308
Penalties4-409-85
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers30
Possession27:3532:25

Passing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols24/421854.421
Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edwards15/2222110.020

Rushing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris16694.310
Nichols12544.500
Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards231265.510
Moore241004.210

Receiving Leaders

Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis34314.300
Boyce5377.410
Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hillary36622.000
Jackson25427.010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREWUAPP
TD06:20Armanti Edwards 4 Yd Run (Julian Rauch Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTEREWUAPP
TD14:25Dexter Jackson 41 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Julian Rauch Kick) 014
TD12:48Aaron Boyce 7 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 714
TD00:25Hans Batichon 15 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Julian Rauch Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTEREWUAPP
TD10:45Bryan Jarrett 51 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 1421
FG05:59Julian Rauch 21 Yd 1424
TD05:45A.J. Jimerson 78 Yd Kickoff Return (Felipe Macias Kick) 2124
TD04:07Devon Moore 10 Yd Run (Julian Rauch Kick) 2131
FOURTH QUARTEREWUAPP
TD06:07Kevin Richardson 18 Yd Run (Julian Rauch Kick) 2138
TD03:11Dale Morris 1 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 2838
TD00:28Matt Martin 2 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 3538