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14-point fourth quarter helps Wofford stun ASU

October 21, 2012

(O-N-E photo by Scott Huffman)

Behind 14 fourth quarter points, eighth-ranked Wofford stunned No. 13 Appalachian State, 38-28, on the football field Saturday in Boone at Kidd-Brewer Stadium.

It was the first time since 2002 that ASU (5-3, 3-2) had lost at home to Wofford (6-1, 4-1).

"We didn't start off good," said Mountaineers head coach Jerry Moore. "We dropped two or three balls and just got a little shaky. We just had a rough day against a good ball team."

The Terriers (6-1, 4-1) scored the first 10 points of the contest via a one-yard run by Brian Kass and a 29-yard field goal from Kasey Redfern.

Appalachian State answered back with two scores in the second quarter, including a 47-yard fumble recovery on defense by Joel Ross and a 12-yard scoring run by Steven Miller.

Ross' fumble recovery was his second in as many weeks. He returned an interception 17 yards in last week's 28-25 victory against Samford.

However, Eric Breitenstein's one-yard touchdown run helped Wofford lead by three points, 17-14, at halftime.

With two third quarter touchdowns, the Mountaineers thundered back to take their first lead of the game.

ASU quarterback Jamal Jackson scored from one-yard out offensively, and after Wofford's Cam Flowers scored on a five-yard run, Tony Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.

Washington's kick return score was the first by an Appalachian State player since CoCo Hillary returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on Sept. 22, 2007.

Breitenstein was once again a factor for the Terriers. His second touchdown scamper of the contest gave Wofford the lead for good with 14:58 left in the game.

Just over a minute later, a controversial fumble by Jackson on what appeared to be an incomplete pass was scooped up by the Terriers' Tarek Odom and returned 40 yards for another Wofford score.

After an official review, the defensive score stood. The Mountaineers never managed to recover in the contest, coming up empty on two late scoring chances.

A 24-yard field goal by ASU's Drew Stewart with 5:50 left in the game sailed wide left, and the Mountaineers ran out of time trying to score late in the fourth quarter.

"It's a downer for everybody. It's a downer for your fans," Moore said. "It's certainly a downer for your team.  You're coached to fight back and fight back and there's a lot of difference in your intensity and passion when you're seven points down with the ball at the 20 and you're 10 points down. "

The Mountaineers are on the road in back-to-back weeks against Western Carolina next Saturday and at Georgia Southern on Nov. 3.

The next home game for ASU is against Furman on Nov. 10 when they host Furman for "Black Saturday" at 3:30 p.m.

"We're going to move on and move on to the next opponent," Jackson said. "We can't worry about what other teams are going to do. We just have to win now and play good."

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