SPARTANBURG, S.C. ?- No. 13 Wofford ran for 291 yards and converted 11-of-19 third-down attempts to knock off top-ranked Appalachian State University, 42-31, on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. Appalachian's first setback in 385 days snapped the nation's longest wining streak at 17 games.
Appalachian (3-1, 0-1 Southern Conference), which trailed by 11 points three times in the second half, cut the deficit to 35-31 with 8:18 left to play on Walter Payton Award candidate Kevin Richardson's second touchdown run of the day.
Wofford (3-1, 1-0 SoCon) proceeded to run 6:03 off the clock with a 12-play drive, but Michael Hobbs' fumble at the ASU seven yard line was recovered by Corey Lynch to give the Mountaineers one last chance with 2:15 remaining in the ballgame.
However, the Apps couldn't take advantage of the Terriers' only turnover of the afternoon and their drive stalled at the 30 yard line with 58 seconds to go. Three plays later, the Terriers capped the upset with a 27-yard touchdown run by Kevious Johnson.
Wofford sealed their first-ever win over a top-ranked team by converting all five of its third-down attempts in the fourth quarter and holding the ball for 10:16 in the final period.
In all, Wofford out-gained ASU, 431-320, including a 291-112 advantage on the ground. The run-happy Terriers also completed 10-of-13 passes, including 49-yard touchdown bomb in the first quarter and a nine-yard score on a halfback pass in the fourth.
Making his first start since the Mountaineers' monumental win over Michigan three weeks ago, quarterback Armanti Edwards completed 11-of-18 passes for 103 yards and ran 11 times for a team-high 37 yards before re-aggravating his shoulder injury on ASU's second play of the second half. In his absence, Trey Elder threw for 105 yards and ran for 33 more. Senior wide receiver Hans Batichon set career highs with six receptions for 93 yards.
Appalachian looks to get back on track next Saturday when it visits SoCon-foe Elon. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Elon's Rhodes Stadium.
NOTES: In addition to the 17-game overall winning streak, ASU's setback also snapped a 23-game winning streak versus Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS - formerly Division I-AA) competition and a string of 12-straight triumphs over SoCon foes ... both streaks dated back to a 34-31 loss at Furman on Oct. 8, 2005 ... Appalachian fell to 28-8 all-time in SoCon openers and 4-8 all-time versus Wofford in Spartanburg ... CoCo Hillary's 95-yard kickoff return to tie the contest at 14-14 in the second quarter was the Mountaineers' first KO return for a touchdown since Jimmy Watkins' 95-yarder versus Wofford in 2000 ... ASU returned 281 kickoffs between touchdowns.