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Doug Middleton and the Mountaineers will face the SEC's all-time leading passer in Georgia QB Aaron Murray on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Courtesy: David Scearce
Mountaineers Prepared for Challenge at Georgia
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 11/07/2013 (ET)

Coming off its fourth loss by seven points or less this season, Appalachian State faces its toughest challenge of the 2013 campaign on Saturday when it squares off with perennial Southeastern Conference and national power Georgia.

Saturday's game will be televised in the greater Atlanta area on WSB-TV (ABC - Ch. 2). The broadcast will be carried nationwide on ESPN GamePlan (pay-per-view) and ESPN3 (online).

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Appalachian IMG Sports Network. Live coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. with Pigskin Prelude. Click HERE for a full list of Appalachian IMG Sports Network affiliates or click HERE to listen live online.

• Appalachian State (2-7, 2-4 SoCon) suffered yet another tough defeat last Saturday when it dropped a 35-28 decision to Southern Conference leader Chattanooga (7-2, 5-1 SoCon) at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

• Appalachian led UTC, 21-14, going into the fourth quarter but the Mocs scored three touchdowns in the final period, capped by a 28-yard interception return for the go-ahead score with 2:52 to go in the game. The pick-six was the third against App State this season.

• The Mountaineers answered Chattanooga’s late score by driving all the way to UTC’s nine yard line in the game’s final minute but pass attempts on third and fourth down fell incomplete to seal the heartbreaking defeat.

• Georgia (5-3, 4-2 SEC) is second in the “receiving votes” category in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today top-25 polls.

• The Bulldogs, who opened the season ranked No. 5 nationally and was No. 6 in both polls as recently as Oct. 5, fell out of the rankings with consecutive losses to Missouri (41-26 on Oct. 12) and at Vanderbilt (31-27 on Oct. 19).

• UGA snapped the two-game skid with a 23-20 win over rival Florida last Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

• Despite being separated by just 256 miles, Appalachian State and Georgia are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.

• Appalachian is 1-12 all-time versus the 14 current members of the Southeastern Conference. The Apps’ lone win over a current SEC member came in 1975 when it upset South Carolina, 39-34, in Columbia, S.C. (USC competed as an independent at the time).

• Appalachian State is 7-32-1 versus NCAA Division I FBS/I-A opponents since 1982 (when the Southern Conference reclassified to the I-AA ranks).

• The Mountaineers’ seven victories over FBS competition have all come against teams from the five FBS “power conferences.”  App State has beaten Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference six times (1983, ‘89, ‘91, ‘95, ‘98 and 2000) and, most notably, topped No. 5 Michigan, 34-32 in 2007 for the first-ever win by an NCAA Division I FCS team over a nationally ranked FBS squad.

For all of the information on Saturday's matchup, including links to live video, audio and stats, both teams' rosters, depth charts, game notes and much more, click HERE to visit appstatesports.com's official Gameday Central page.

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