Oct. 31, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Armanti Edwards accounted for 461 yards in total offense and six touchdowns to propel NCAA FCS seventh-ranked Appalachian State to a 52-27 victory over Furman in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.
A senior from Greenwood, S.C., Edwards completed 25-of-36 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 13 times for 106 yards and four scores to headline a Mountaineer offensive attack that rolled up 554 total yards. In the process he became the first player in NCAA Division I history (FBS & FCS) to pass for over 9,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards in a career.
The southpaw quarterback directed Appalachian State (6-2, 5-0 SoCon) to touchdowns in five of its first six possesssions and recorded scoring runs of 3, 4, 1, and 5 yards along with touchdown passes of 16 and 21 yards in the contest.
The victory marked the 17th consecutive SoCon win for Appalachian State -- the longest in the league since West Virginia reeled off 30 straight conference wins from 1952-59.
The loss was the third in the last four games for Furman (4-4, 3-3 SoCon), which was paced by sophomore running back Tersoo Uhaa's career high 114 yards rushing. Jordan Sorrells completed 10-of-17 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore quaterback Chris Forcier scored his first touchdown as a Paladin on 25-yard run in the third quarter.
"I'm pleased with how we played today, especially offensively," said Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore. "Furman is a good team with one of the best traditions in all of FCS football, so for us to play the way we did today, especially here, where they have always given us so much trouble, is another sign that we are continuing to improve as a team."
"We knew coming in Appalachian State was going to put up some points, and we knew we had to get off a good start offensively but didn't do it," said Furman head coach Bobby Lamb. "We didn't execute the on-side kick and then fumbled on our second offensive play. You can't fail like that against an outstanding team like that and keep it close."
"Armanti Edwards is the ultimate escaped artist. He doesn't get enough credit for his passing. Today he put some balls right on the dime when we had good coverage. I've said it for four years....he's an incredible football player."
After Furman failed to execute an on-side kick to open the game, Appalachian State immediately took command, moving 38 yards in five plays for a 16-yard Edwards scoring strike to tight end Ben Jorden for a 7-0 lead lead than three minutes into the contest.
Edwards then capped ASU's next two possessions with scoring runs of 3 and 4 yards to stretch the Mountaineers' advantage to 21-0 less than two minutes into the second period.
Furman got on the board with Uhaa's 4-yard run at the 9:39 mark of the second period, but ASU answered with a 10-play, 71-yard drive capped by Edwards' fourth touchdown responsibility of the first half, a 1-yard plunge with 5:43 to go.
The two teams traded scores before the half to send the Mountaineers into the locker room with a 35-13 lead.
Appalachian State's onslaught continued on its first possession of the third quarter when Edwards scored on a 5-yard keeper to make it 42-13.
Edwards completed his stellar performance with a 21-yard touchdown pass to CoCo Hillary midway through the third period, putting the Mountaineers ahead 49-20.
Matt Cline caught eight passes for a career high 122 yards for ASU, and Hillary finished eigh six catches for 83 yards and a score.
Adam Mims paced Furman with five catches for 102 yards, including a career long 72-yard hook-up with Sorrells in the third quarter.