BOONE - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Brian Quick racked up 119 receiving yards as No. 5 Appalachian State upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-18, at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and the ASU defense held off a late rally by the Eagles (7-1, 5-1) to pick up their first win over a top-ranked team since defeating a then No. 1 Georgia Southern squad on Oct. 16, 1999.
Jackson (13-for-26) threw for 222 yards and ran for a game-high 71 as the Apps racked up 320 yards and held the vaunted Eagle offense to just 201 total yards.
Jackson connected with receivers on two first-half touchdowns. He found Andrew Peacock on a 25-yard strike and in the waning seconds of the half hit Brian Quick for a 56-yard scoring play.
Appalachian struggled in the game's third quarter and couldn't manage a first down. Meanwhile, Georgia Southern evened the score at 17-17. The Eagles scored on their opening drive of the third quarter and punt returner Darrieon Robinson raced a punt return 43 yards to score.
Appalachian's defense came up big, intercepting GSU quarterback Jaybo Shaw twice and stuffing the Eagles' triple-option offense on three key red zone stands in the second half.
Jackson and Quick connected for a second touchdown - this time a 15-yard pass and catch - that gave the Mountaineers the winning 24-17 margin.
- Appalachian Sports Information contributed.