For the third-consecutive year, Appalachian State University squares off with Richmond in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup between No. 5 Appalachian and fourth-seeded Richmond is set for 7 p.m. The contest will be televised locally on MTN 18, regionally on the
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NOTING SATURDAY'S MATCHUP
• Southern Conference champion ASU (10-2) has won 10-straight games after opening the season with consecutive five-point losses to Conference USA East Division champion East Carolina (29-24) and Southland Conference co-champion McNeese State (40-35).
• Colonial Athletic Association co-champion Richmond earned an at-large bid and No. 4 seed in the NCAA Division I Football Championship field with an 11-1 campaign. Its only loss came at the hands of second-seeded Villanova, 21-20, on Nov. 7 at UR Stadium.
• In the last two years, ASU topped UR, 55-35, in the 2007 national semifinals but the Spiders ended the Mountaineers’ run of three-consecutive national titles and 13-consecutive postseason victories with a 33-13 win in last year’s quarterfinals.
• Saturday’s meeting is the fourth postseason contest between the two schools. No. 1 ASU topped No. 16 Richmond, 20-3, in the opening round of the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
• The Mountaineers are playing on the road in the postseason for the first time since a 38-24 loss at No. 1 Georgia Southern in 2001. The Apps’ last 13 preliminary-round games have been played at ASU’s Kidd Brewer Stadium (ASU also participated in the 2005, ‘06 and ‘07 national championship games at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium).
• ASU is 3-7 all-time in NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA playoff games on the road (Richmond is 5-2 at home).
• Appalachian is 5-5 all-time in the national quarterfinal round (1-3 on the road). Richmond is 2-2 in the quarterfinals (0-1 at home).
• Senior quarterbacks Armanti Edwards (ASU) and Eric Ward (Richmond) have combined to win 82 games as starting signal-callers (41 apiece).
• Edwards’ two previous appearances against the Spiders could not have been any different. In the 2007 semifinals, Edwards ran for an NCAA Division I quarterback record 313 yards, amassed 495 yards of total offense and accounted for seven touchdowns in ASU’s 55-35 win. Hobbled by hip and knee injuries during last year’s quarterfinals, Edwards ran for just three yards and threw a career-high five interceptions in a 33-13 ASU loss.
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