Scores

Final

Richmond 33

(11-3, 6-2 away)

Appalachian St 13

(11-3, 7-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, December 6, 2008

Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC

1 2 3 4 T
RICH 6 0 17 1033
APP 7 0 6 013

Top Performers

Passing: A. Edwards (APP) - 323 YDS, 1 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: J. Vaughan (RICH) - 32 CAR, 133 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Courman (APP) - 7 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Vaughan and defense help Richmond avenge loss, send Appalachian State home

Associated Press

BOONE, N.C. -- Josh Vaughan ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns to help Richmond upset defending national champion Appalachian State 33-13 on Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Spiders (11-3) advance to the FCS -- formerly Division 1-AA -- semifinals for the second consecutive year. Richmond will face Northern Iowa, which defeated New Hampshire 36-34 on Saturday night, next Friday or Saturday.

Armanti Edwards threw for 323 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score for the three-time FCS champion Mountaineers (11-3). But Edwards also threw a career-worst five interceptions in the second half, leading to four Richmond scores.

Eric Ward also had a rushing score, and Andrew Howard and Brian Radford both added field goals for the Spiders.

Appalachian State took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, driving 95 yards -- aided by a 15-yard face mask call, and a pass interference in the end zone on Richmond -- before Edwards scored on a 2-yard run with 2:58 left.

The Spiders had a chance to tie the game with Vaughan scoring on a 13-yard run with 4.2 seconds left in the first quarter to pull the score to 7-6. Howard bounced his extra-point attempt off the right upright.

Richmond then took the lead on Howard's 36-yard field goal with 9:05 left in the third quarter, with back-to-back interceptions by Seth Williams to set up TD runs of 1 yard by Vaughan and 5 yards by Ward to put the Spiders ahead 23-7.

The Mountaineers pulled within 23-13 on Edwards' 4-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Courman with 1:51 left in the third quarter, but Richmond took advantage of two more interceptions to add a 27-yard field goal by Radford and a 1-yard Vaughan TD run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICH
APP
1st Downs2120
Total Yards359362
Passing121323
Rushing23839
Penalties5-522-15
3rd Down Conversions7-165-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers07
Possession35:4523:15

Passing Leaders

RichmondC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ward10/241215.000
Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edwards26/413237.915

Rushing Leaders

RichmondCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vaughan321334.2319
Ward16915.7114
Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Radford7111.605
Welton482.003

Receiving Leaders

RichmondRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grayson5489.6026
Wilkins12727.0027
Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quick69415.7040
Courman7639.0118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICHAPP
TD02:58Armanti Edwards 2 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 07
TD00:04Josh Vaughan 13 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 67
THIRD QUARTERRICHAPP
FG09:05Andrew Howard 36 Yd 97
TD07:21Josh Vaughan 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 167
TD05:46Eric Ward 5 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 237
TD01:51T.J. Courman 4 Yd Pass From Armanti Edwards (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2313
FOURTH QUARTERRICHAPP
FG10:10Brian Radford 27 Yd 2613
TD01:38Josh Vaughan 1 Yd Run (Andrew Howard Kick) 3313