Mountaineers upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 31-28

Anne Buie

With just under a minute to go and the game still hanging in the balance, ASU’s safety Troy Sanders intercepted a pass to seal a 31-28 victory over the No. 1 Golden Eagles.

Saturday afternoon was the first time Appalachian had ever beaten a number one ranked team on the road.

And it also happened to be head coach Jerry Moore’s 300th game with the Mountaineers.

Georgia Southern kept the lead for most of the game, but after the Eagles missed three short field games, Appalachian was able to retake the lead.

Despite being hampered by a knee injury suffered last week, quarterback Jamal Jackson threw a career high 384 yards and three touchdowns, none bigger than a 23 yard touchdown throw to Tony Washington that put App on top for good.

Jackson completed most his passes to Wide Receiver Sean Price, who continues to rewrite the Appalachian record books.

Price’s 231 yard game is the best ever by a freshman and good for 4th on App’s all time list.

The two connected on a 67-yard bomb from App’s one-inch line and swung the game in App’s favor.

A win next Saturday in the season finale against Furman will guarantee the Mountaineers at least a share of the conference title.

The Black Saturday kickoff is set for 3:30.


Story: JORDAN DAVIS, Sports Reporter