SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford College) – The Wofford football team was defeated 33-21 by Appalachian State on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers had a 14-10 lead at the half, but 23 straight points in the second half by the Mountaineers put the game away.
The Terriers are now 5-5 and 4-3 in the Southern Conference. Appalachian State is 3-8 overall and 3-4 in the SoCon. Wofford was led by Jonny Martin with 66 rushing yards and a touchdown. Evan Jacks started at quarterback and had 63 rushing yards, along with 3-of-5 passing for 22 yards. The Mountaineers were led by Marcus Cox with 119 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Tony Washington added 138 receiving yards and a touchdown.
“It was disappointing, no doubt,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Appalachian State earned it. They earned the win, we did not give it to them. They did some really good things and it seemed like every time they were in a third down and long situation they did a great job of converting them. You get to this time in the year and you have guys that are beat up so you are not as deep as normal. You are in there and playing and you have to make it count when you have the opportunity to make it count. You can’t stumble and bumble around. We have one game left. The dream of a Southern Conference championship and the playoffs is probably gone, but we signed on for eleven and we are going to show up and play eleven.”
The Mountaineers had the ball to open the game and picked up three first downs. On fourth-and-one, Tony Washington caught a 13-yard pass from a touchdown. The Mountaineers led 7-0 at 10:21 in the first quarter. Wofford used a 30-yard run by Will Gay to set-up a 5-yard touchdown run by Donovan Johnson to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:29 on the clock.
Appalachian State gained three first downs before punting, which was downed at the one-yard line. The Terriers drove down the field in 13 plays and scored on a 2-yard run by Jonny Martin for a 14-7 lead at 12:23 in the second quarter. The Mountaineers answered with a 20-yard field goal to cut the score to 14-10 with 7:43 left in the quarter. Wofford attempted a 37-yard field goal with 1:13 left in the first half, but it was wide right. Appalachian State did not gain a first down before the half ended.
To open the second half, the Terriers gained one first down before punting. The Mountaineers regained the lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox for a 17-14 advantage with 9:29 left in the third quarter. Wofford was forced three-and-out and punted on their next drive. Appalachian State moved down the field with four first downs, but had to settle for a 30-yard field goal to push the lead to 20-14 at the 2:11 mark of the third quarter.
The Terriers converted a fourth-and-two deep in their own territory, but Michael Weimer fumbled and it was recovered by Adam Scott of Appalachian State at the 17-yard line. The Mountaineers converted the turnover into points on a 3-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox for a 26-14 lead at 13:49 in the fourth quarter after the failed two-point conversion attempt. Wofford then went three-and-out and punted. Appalachian State then converted two fourth downs on the way to a two-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox to make it a 33-14 game with 5:43 remaining, as the drive consumed over seven minutes.
On the next drive by Wofford, a 49-yard pass reception by Wade Francis from Michael Weimer on fourth-and-34 set up a one-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Long. The score was 33-21 with 2:55 left on the clock. The on-side kick was recovered by the Mountaineers. They gained one first down and were able to run out the clock.
Wofford had 345 total yards, with 254 on the ground. Appalachian State had 445 total yards, 305 of which were passing. Wofford had 17 first downs, while Appalachian State had 26. Wofford was 10-of-16 on third downs and 2-of-2 on fourth downs. Appalachian State was 10-of-17 on third down and 3-of-3 on fourth down. Wofford had six penalties and Appalachian State had four. Appalachian State had a commanding 37:00 to 23:00 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Appalachian State Post-Game Notes
Prior to the game, Wofford recognized the 24 seniors on this year’s team. The seniors include: Jeff Ashley, Qay Bell, Jon Boyd, Josh Davis, Leverett Diggs, Tony Goodwin, Rob Greene, Ty Gregory, Michael Harpe, Josh Holt, Jeremy Holt, Paul Inclan, Donovan Johnson, James Lawson, Caleb Lucas, Mike McCrimon, Kasey Redfern, Alvin Scioneaux, Kane Sherrill, Jared Singleton, SeQuan Stanley, Alex Starnes, Jared Wilken, and James Zotto. In addition, senior manager Holly Tobias was honored.
Donovan Johnson left the game in the first half (ankle) and did not return.
It was the final meeting between Wofford and Appalachian State as members of the Southern Conference. The Mountaineers have an 18-12 lead in the series after the win.
The three straight losses are the first for Wofford since the 2009 season.
Game captains were the entire senior class, led by Jared Singleton and James Zotto.
Attendance was 8,315 at Gibbs Stadium.
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