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(no subject) [Dec. 17th, 2005|04:11 pm]
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Appalachian State running back Kevin Richardson during the first quarter. (John Russell/Associated Press)
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Appalachian State running back Kevin Richardson during the first quarter.
Appalachian State wins I-AA title
By David Coulson
Special to the News & Record

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- With an ailing offense and its championship hopes on the ropes, Appalachian State put out an SOS to Jason Hunter and Marques Murrell on Friday night and the All-American defensive ends delivered a Division I-AA football title.

In front of a record-setting crowd, Murrell swiped the ball away from Northern Iowa quarterback Eric Sanders and Hunter scooped it up and ran 15 yards for a touchdown with 9:14 remaining to lift the Mountaineers (12-3) to a 21-16 victory.

Hunter and Murrell hassled Sanders all night -- the sophomore who joined the team as a walk-on finished 17-for-31 passing for 181 yards and was sacked five times -- and Appalachian's defensive bookends combined together to turn the tide of the game.

On a second-and-9 play from the Panthers 25, Sanders dropped back from shotgun formation with the ball in his right hand. Murrell knocked it away and Hunter grabbed it on one bounce with nothing but open field in front of him.

"I saw the ball on the ground. I tried to pick it up as fast as I could," said Hunter, who led the team with 10 tackles and had two sacks.

Murrell also finished with two sacks.

Northern Iowa's defense managed to throttle the Mountaineers' no-huddle spread offense for most of the night, but the Panthers' own offense couldn't make enough plays to win.

"It was a great night. It speaks wonders for our program, our school," Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore said. "I can't say enough about our defense. They were tenacious."

Running back David Horne led the Panthers with 22 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, but Northern Iowa didn't throw the ball well enough to score.

Both teams were in the title game for the first time, and Northern Iowa (11-4) appeared to be en route to the trophy until the fourth quarter.

For the second week in a row, the Mountaineers held an opponent scoreless in the second half.

The Appalachian State coaching staff gambled with Trey Elder at quarterback in the first half, unsure about how effective All-American Richie Williams would be with a badly sprained tendon in his left ankle.

But after Elder struggled at quarterback, going 9-for-16 for 123 yards and one interception in the first half, Williams provided an emotional lift to the Mountaineers in the second half.

"It was frustrating. Coach told me though that we were going to wing it," Williams said. "Coach called option one time and I called timeout because I knew I could not run the play."

Williams finished just 10-for-26 passing for 129 yards, but he led the Mountaineers on a nine-play, 79-yard drive to pull Appalachian with two points with 6:05 left in the third quarter.

During the driver, the cagey senior completed passes of 13 yards to Dexter Jackson, 19 yards to Brandon Turner and 31 yards to Zach Johnson (six catches for a career-high 101 yards) on a play where Johnson outwrestled Dre Dokes for the ball.

After a pass interference call on Dokes moved the ball to the 2, Richardson smashed over the goal line to make it 16-14. That score held until Murrell and Hunter made their big plays.

Elder managed only one sustained drive in the first half, leading the Mountaineers on a nine-play, 64-yard drive. Kevin Richardson got bottled up on a counter, but bounced to the opposite side to squirt into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown as Appalachian took a 7-6 lead with 13:18 left in the second quarter.

Only the play of Appalachian's defense kept the Mountaineers close in the first half. The Mountaineers committed three turnovers, two on fumbles by Dexter Jackson and Trey Hennessee and one on a Trey Elder interception.

Northern Iowa converted those miscues into 13 points and a 16-7 halftime lead.

The Panthers struggled in the red zone, scoring only one touchdown when David Horne powered over from the 2 to finish a four-play, 41-yard drive following strong safety Tanner Varner's interception on a poorly thrown Elder pass on an out pattern.

"It's disappointing, of course, but at the same time we've had a great season with a great group of players," Panthers coach Mark Farley said. "It's a game of inches, and in this one we didn't have the inches fall in our direction."

Friday night's attendance -- 20,236, a scant 430 short of a sellout -- was a Finley Stadium record and the largest I-AA championship crowd since the game moved from Marshall in 1997.

Appalachian State's gold-and-black clad fans swarmed over the wall and mobbed the field as time ran out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2005|09:02 am]
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I just caught a mistake in the Charlotte Observer:..

talking about Appalachian State Football...

"Eight weeks ago, while the disappointment of a 34-31 home-field loss to Furman still felt like a fresh burn, Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore discovered what he'd been looking for in his Mountaineers."

The first Furman game this year was Furman not ASU.... wow.. I sent and email to the writer.. I feel special
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(no subject) [Nov. 27th, 2005|09:49 pm]
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hey, I'm a senior in high school, and I'm going to asu next year so I was just wondering for anyone who's in marching band if they think it's worth doing. I play clarinet and flute. I did it for all 4 years of hs and loved it, but i'm not sure about doing it in college. what do you think? Also, I'm looking into the geology major, so if anyone has any info on it, that'd be great.
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ASU political scene [Nov. 26th, 2005|07:15 pm]
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I've already applied and gotten accepted to ASU, but I'm still having trouble deciding between ASU and Warren Wilson. Both have good environmental science programs (so I've heard) and that's what I'm looking at for a major. ASU is better known and does have the sustainable development concentration/major, which is pretty cool.
One question though, and that's the political scene on campus. My political beliefs could easily be described as green or leftist, but what's the general scene at ASU? Far conservative? Pretty moderate?

Any comments appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2005|08:01 pm]
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i'm a senior in high school and i'm thinking about going to app state next year (that is, if i get in) i live in sc though and i haven't had a chance to visit yet. so i've got two questions...

what are some good freshman co-ed dorms to stay in and which ones should i stay away from?


overall what are some of the best and worst things about app state? thanks!

x-posted on appstate
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(no subject) [Oct. 4th, 2005|09:20 pm]
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SoundClick Now!

Everyone check out my site.....for some good music...


also my roomate Sam Saussy is featured on "True Color"

check him out also.


Just click on MUSIC to hear songs...
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Foreign languages? [Sep. 21st, 2005|06:56 pm]
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Hello all,

I hope you don't mind if I bombard you with questions. :)

I'm considering transferring to ASU in a couple of years because I've heard and read so many great things about it. I'm currently planning to major in Spanish and at least minor in another foreign language (with the possibility of a double major). However, I read in one book that ASU's foreign languages department is kind of limited.

Is that true? Are there any ASU Spanish majors out there who can tell me about the program? What other foreign languages does the department offer, and how good are the classes? Which ones are offered as majors and which ones are just minors?

I figured I'd ask actual students, because I never know how accurate or timely the information in those books is.

I'm considering some other areas as well. What are ASU's strongest majors and departments? Which ones do you hear a lot of complaints about?

Any info you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you!

(Cross-posted to several ASU communities...I apologize if duplicate posts appear on your Friends page!)
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(no subject) [Sep. 11th, 2005|07:32 pm]
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Hey, folks, this is Ellen from Virginia. I'm just in the 11th grade, but I plan on attending ASU someday. My dad, a Durham native, graduated from ASU in '76 and passed along to me a love for the Appalachians and his alma mater. My main obstacle, of course, is out-of-state tuition, but I think I can make this happen.
I'll just lurk about with you older cooler kids, K?
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anyone on campus hear the band? [Aug. 17th, 2005|06:51 pm]
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Man the band is sooooooooooooo good already...
Everyone's talking about how good we will be this year.

I know one thing I've been working my butt off the last 3 days. I believe everyone has. So, anyway, ha, we got a break til 730........

Shoutout to anyone in ASU MARCHING MOUNTAINEERS!!!

Anyway, GO APPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2005|10:31 pm]
Appalachian State University
How well does the ride board work at ASU? Will I have a hard time finding rides to Knoxville, Cookville or Atlanta?
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