BOONE, N.C. -- DeAndre Presley rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another score as Appalachian State held off Elon 34-31 on Saturday to remain undefeated.
Presley was 14-for-19 for 204 yards for the Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0 Southern Conference), who won their 23rd straight league game and 15th in a row over the Phoenix (2-4, 1-2) before a record crowd of 31,531.
Presley's career-long 53-yard scoring run put Appalachian State ahead 20-10 with 2:37 to go in the second quarter. Scott Riddle threw the first of his three TD passes, a 6-yarder to Aaron Mellette, to make it 20-17.
Presley scored in the third on a 44-yard run, which Riddle answered with a 43-yard TD pass to Mellette for 27-24.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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