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Presley, ASU Run Over WIU in Second Round
Dec. 4, 2010
BOONE, N.C. — Behind a career-high 264 yards from quarterback DeAndre Presley, top-seeded Appalachian State University rushed for 417 yards and routed No. 21 Western Illinois in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship on Dec. 4, 2010 at snow-covered Kidd Brewer Stadium.
With the victory, Appalachian (10-2) moved on to national quarterfinals, where it faced defending national champion Villanova at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
With several inches of snow on the ground at kickoff and falling with a mixture of sleet at times throughout the game, ASU turned almost exclusively to its running game in Saturday’s win. The Mountaineers threw only seven passes — the fewest they ever attempted in 38 all-time NCAA playoff games — but ran 59 times for 417 yards, by far their highest totals of the season.
Presley was the catalyst of Appalachian’s ground attack, collecting the 264 yards — the fourth-highest rushing total in school history — on just 16 carries (16.5 yards per rush). He ran for two touchdowns, including an 89-yarder, which was the longest in ASU postseason history.
In the process, the junior became only the fourth player in NCAA Division I FCS history to throw for 2,000 yards and run 1,000 yards in the same season. He joins David Dinkins (Morehead State — 1999), Barrick Nealy (Texas State — 2005) and his predecessor as ASU’s signal-caller, , who achieved the feat in 2006.
One of Presley’s few undesirable moments came on the Mountaineers’ second possession when he threw an interception that was returned 23 yards by WIU’s Kyle Glazier to the ASU 12 yard line. One play later, Matt Barr connected with Lito Senatus for a 12-yard touchdown pass that gave the Leathernecks an early 7-0 lead.
From there, it was all Appalachian, as it scored the game’s next 35 points to squash WIU’s hopes for an upset. The Mountaineers all but abandoned the pass after the opening minutes of the wintry contest, running the ball on 30-of-31 plays at one point in the first half. The strategy paid off with ASU scoring four rushing touchdowns in the final 20 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 28-7 halftime lead. The Apps held a 291-52 edge in total yardage in the opening half, including a 291-(-26) advantage on the ground.
Coming out of the locker room, Appalachian went back to the air and completed its only two passes of the afternoon on its first drive of the second half. The first completion, a 12-yarder from Presley to CoCo Hillary converted a third-and-nine and, three plays later, Presley found Brian Quick for a 35-yard touchdown that stretched the advantage to 35-7.
Following Quick’s team-leading eighth touchdown catch of the season, ASU kept it on the ground for 20 of its final 21 plays to run out the clock on the 28-point victory.
In all, ASU outgained Western Illinois (8-5), 464-231, which included a 417-133 edge in rushing yards. Even more impressively, 185 of WIU’s season-low 231 yards came after the Mountaineers took the 35-7 lead. The 231 total yards were less than half of the Leathernecks’ 476.1-yard average coming into the afternoon, which ranked No. 2 nationally.
Linebacker D.J. Smith led Appalachian’s dominating defensive effort with 10 tackles, good for his ninth double-digit tackle effort in the last 10 games. Fellow linebacker Justin Wray added seven tackles, including a sack and 2.5 stops for loss, and Jabari Fletcher also notched a sack and 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Barr, who along with Presley is one of the top three vote-getters for the 2010 Walter Payton Award, managed just 98 yards on 13-of-35 passing and was intercepted a season-high three times. Glazier led all players with 13 tackles.
NOTES: Appalachian secured its sixth-straight 10-win season, joining Ohio State and Virginia Tech as the only Division I programs with double-digit victories in each of the last six campaigns (2005-10) ... Presley’s 1,000-yard rushing season is the third by an ASU quarterback (Edwards — 2006 and ‘07) and the 18th overall in school history ... Presley also became the third player in ASU history with 3,000 yards of total offense in a season (joining Edwards and Richie Williams) and the fifth to be responsible for 30 touchdowns in a season (joining Edwards, Williams, Kevin Richardson and Pat Murphy) ... sophomores Demetrius McCray and Ingram Bell both recorded their first career interceptions in the win ... ASU head coach Jerry Moore opened his postgame press conference by praising ASU’s physical-plant staff for their work in removing snow from the playing field, stadium and campus throughout the day and the Mountaineer Marching Band for their willingness to do their halftime show from the stands while crews worked at removing snow from the playing surface during the break ... ASU moved to 24-14 all-time in NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA postseason games.
GoASU.com's Most Memorable Games of 2010-11
30. Football 42, Western Illinois 14 — Dec. 4, 2010