Story and photo courtesy of Wofford Athletics
BOONE, N.C. – On a cool Saturday afternoon, the Wofford football team scored twice in the fourth quarter to win 38-28 over Appalachian State at Kidd Brewer Stadium. After the Mountaineers took the lead in the third quarter, a touchdown run by Eric Breitenstein and a fumble return for a touchdown by Tarek Odom secured the victory.
The Terriers are 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in the SoCon. Appalachian State is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play. For Wofford, Eric Breitenstein had 123 yards and two touchdowns, while Michael Weimer added 77 rushing yards and Brian Kass had a 38 yard completion and 71 rushing yards. The Mountaineers were led by Jamal Jackson with 257 passing yards on 29-of-46 passing and 32 rushing yards.
“It was a great win for us and a tough Southern Conference road football game,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “The great thing about our guys is that once that clock starts, we do not stop until the last tick. They got after it and Appalachian got after it and it was a great football game.”
To open the game, Wofford went three-and-out and punted. Appalachian State quarterback Jamal Jackson was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game by Mike McCrimon at the 40-yard line. The Terriers could not take advantage of the turnover and punted after gaining only five yards. Appalachian State picked up a first down, but a sack by Alvin Scioneaux forced a punt.
Wofford used a 57-yard run by Eric Breitenstein to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Brian Kass with 4:20 left in the first quarter and a 7-0 lead. The Mountaineers were three-and-out on their next possession and punted. Wofford converted a fourth-and-one by Eric Breitenstein on the way to a 29-yard field goal by Kasey Redfern for a 10-0 lead with 11:39 on the clock in the second quarter.
Appalachian State gained three first downs before failing to convert a pass on fourth-and-four. Wofford gained a first down, but then fumbled and Joel Ross returned it 47-yards for a touchdown. The Wofford lead was 10-7 with 7:39 left in the second quarter. The Terriers took advantage of a short field after a kickoff out of bounds and with big plays by Will Irwin and Donovan Johnson had the ball inside the five-yard line. Eric Breitenstein punched it in with a one-yard touchdown run for a 17-7 lead with 5:25 left in the first half.
The Mountaineers picked up three first downs before facing a fourth-and-two at the 23-yard line. Appalachian State ran for the first down and then scored on a 12-yard touchdown run by Steven Miller to make it a 17-14 game with 54 seconds on the clock. Wofford used a 35-yard run by Michael Weimer and a first down by Donovan Johnson to move inside the red-zone, but the ball was not spotted in time for a field goal attempt at the end of the half.
In the second half, each team was three-and-out and punted on the opening possessions. Appalachian State converted a fourth-and-two during a nine-play drive that was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Jamal Jackson. The Mountaineers took a 21-17 lead with 9:15 on the clock in the third quarter.
The Terriers used a 38-yard pass completion from Brian Kass to Bryan Youman on a drive in which Cam Flowers scored a touchdown from five-yards out. Wofford regained the lead at 24-21 with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter. Appalachian State’s Tony Washington took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and a 28-24 lead with 4:54 on the clock.
Wofford used a 44-yard run by Brian Kass down the far sideline to move the ball to the five-yard line. Eric Breitenstein capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown to take a 31-28 lead with 14:58 in the fourth quarter. After Appalachian State gained a first down by penalty, Jamal Jackson fumbled and Tarek Odom picked it up and ran 41 yards for a touchdown for a 38-28 lead at 13:48.
The Mountaineers went three-and-out and punted, but then stopped Wofford three-and-out. Appalachian State used a series of short passes down the middle to set-up a 24-yard field goal attempt that was wide left with 5:05 left in the game. The Terriers gained one first down before punting back to the Mountaineers with 2:46 remaining. Appalachian State moved down the field but time expired with the ball at the six yard line.
Wofford had 440 total yards, with 393 on the ground. Appalachian State had 363 total yards, 257 of which were passing. Appalachian State had 26 first downs to 17 for Wofford. Wofford was 4-of-14 on third downs. Appalachian State was 7-of-16 on third down. Wofford had five penalties, while Appalachian State had four. Wofford had the time of possession by a 32:01 to 27:59 margin.
Next week, the Terriers returning home against The Citadel on October 27. The homecoming game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and be available on ESPN3.