Appalachian St. 35, W. Carolina 10

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- DeAndre Presley, playing for an injured Armanti Edwards, passed for 158 yards and ran for 156 to help Appalachian State rally from a three-point halftime deficit and defeat Western Carolina 35-10 on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (10-2, 8-0 Southern Conference) complete an unbeaten conference season and clinched their fourth straight league title. Wofford defeated Furman 35-10, but needed a Western Carolina victory to gain a share of the title.

Instead, Appalachian State won its ninth straight game and likely secured a top-four seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, which start next weekend.

Western Carolina (3-9, 1-7), leading 10-7 at halftime, lost 14 yards in the third quarter and surrendered 28 unanswered points. The Catamounts failed to convert a first down on nine straight possessions spanning the first and second halves.

Edwards suffered a hip injury last week against Elon and was available Saturday, but didn't play.

Presley, held to 65 yards passing in the first half, more than doubled his total on Appalachian State's second scoring drive of the second half, capped by a 17-yard strike to Ben Jorden for a 21-10 lead.

Presley scored Appalachian State's first two touchdowns, on 6-yard runs in each half, and added a third on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Catamounts' last win in the series, dubbed the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug, came in 2004. Appalachian State has won 26 of 33 games since the jug's introduction in 1976. Appalachian State won last season's game 71-35.

Adrian McLeod made two big plays to stop Appalachian State and allow the Catamounts to take a 10-7 lead.

McLeod first stopped Trey Hennessee for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the Catamounts' 5.

Then, McLeod tipped a pass attempt from Presley, which Mitchell Bell intercepted at midfield. It led to Blake Bostic's 43-yard field goal late in the first half and a 10-7 lead.

Western Carolina's Zack Jaynes scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Jaynes was 5-for-26 for 63 yards and was sacked five times.



2015 Southern Conference Standings

The Citadel6-19-4
Western Carolina5-27-4