Scores

Final

James Madison 27

(9-4, 7-2 CAA)

Appalachian St 28

(10-2, 5-2 Southern)

12:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

Kidd Brewer Stadium, BOONE, NC

1 2 3 4 T
JMU 7 7 6 727
APP 0 19 0 928

Top Performers

Passing: R. Landers (JMU) - 124 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Edwards (APP) - 20 CAR, 132 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Jackson (APP) - 4 REC, 47 YDS

Appalachian St. gets late TD, edges James Madison

Associated Press

BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Armanti Edwards' 5-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left put Appalachian State ahead, and its defense preserved the win with a late fumble recovery in a 28-27 win over James Madison Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Mountaineers (10-2), who started with the season with a stunning win at Michigan, kept their season alive with late-game heroics after a surprising move by James Madison coach Mickey Matthews.

Facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 32, Matthews decided to go for it. Quarterback Rodney Landers was stopped for no gain, giving the Mountaineers the ball with 2:35 left.

Edwards later converted a fourth-and-4 from the 25 with a 20-yard pass to Devon Moore. On the next play, Edwards scampered in for the score.

James Madison (8-4) then drove to the Appalachian 9. But Jamal Sullivan fumbled and it was recovered by Pierre Banks with 22 seconds left.

Edwards rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 126 yards as Appalachian State advanced to play Eastern Washington, which took a 44-15 victory over McNeese State in the FCS -- formerly Division I-AA -- playoffs.

Landers passed for 124 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 129 yards for the Dukes, who won the championship in 2004 before Appalachian's consecutive titles.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JMU
APP
1st Downs2515
Total Yards436330
Passing124126
Rushing312204
Penalties2-104-30
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers32
Possession40:2719:33

Passing Leaders

James MadisonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Landers10/151248.311
Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edwards12/171267.400

Rushing Leaders

James MadisonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Landers291294.400
Yancey17734.310
Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards201326.630
Richardson14553.910

Receiving Leaders

James MadisonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baker44310.800
Williams24321.500
Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson44711.800
Batichon22814.000

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJMUAPP
TD10:12Griff Yancey 10 Yd Pass From Rodney Landers (Dave Stannard Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERJMUAPP
TD12:14Armanti Edwards 4 Yd Run (Julian Rauch Kick) 77
TD08:55Griff Yancey 5 Yd Run (Dave Stannard Kick) 147
TD05:47Kevin Richardson 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1413
TD03:09Armanti Edwards 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1419
THIRD QUARTERJMUAPP
TD04:29Dave Stannard 7 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2019
FOURTH QUARTERJMUAPP
TD07:37Jamal Sullivan 2 Yd Run (Dave Stannard Kick) 2719
FG04:51Julian Rauch 44 Yd 2722
TD01:10Armanti Edwards 5 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2728