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QB Jackson helps push ASU past Elon, 35-23

October 7, 2012

(O-N-E photo by Scott Huffman)

Quarterback Jamal Jackson threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, helping Appalachian State knock off Elon 35-23 during the Mountaineers' Homecoming game on Saturday in Boone.

Jackson's 300-yard passing game is the third of his career, as he moved into ninth all time in career passing yards at ASU (3,726).

"I had to settle in and make sure I was reading the right plays, but once we got a rhythm, we were good," Jackson said of the Mountaineers' offensive performance.

Down four points at the half, Elon (2-4, 0-3) took a 17-14 lead with 10:18 left in the third quarter.

The Mountaineers would answer back in a big way.

Jackson connected on two of his four touchdown passes on the next two ASU drives, including a 25-yard toss to Andrew Peacock late in the third quarter and a 23-yard pass to Steven Miller early in the fourth quarter.

"Elon is a good football team," said ASU coach Jerry Moore. "They are one of the best teams we have played this year. They are very talented at throwing the ball and it is about as good as you can get. I have great respect with what they have done there at Elon."

The Phoenix cut the lead to five with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Wilson to Aaron Mellette, but Jackson put the game securely in the Mountaineers' hands late.

A one-yard touchdown run by Jackson in the fourth quarter capped a seven-play, 62-yard drive for the game's final tally.

The win by ASU is its 17th consecutive against Elon.

After tallying 684 yards last week against Coastal Carolina, the Mountaineers gained 499 total yards against the Phoenix, including 195 on the ground.

Jackson rushed for 108 of those yards, while Steve Miller added 93 yards.

"We worked all week (on running the ball) and fortunately, I was able to make things happen," Miller said.

Three of the last five regular season games for Appalachian State are on the road, including next week at Samford (5-1, 3-1).

Moore said Saturday's win is a good start for a difficult stretch to his team's season.

"We have five tough football games left. Games like this are good for us," he said. "If we can overcome these games, it shows we have some pretty good stuff."

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