Appalachian State FCS Football 2012 Playoff Capsule

George Hammond

Appalachian State Mountaineers


Nothing compares with Appalachian State’s historic 34-32 victory over Michigan in 2007. Of course, that same season, quarterback Armanti Edwards subsequently led the Mountaineers to their third consecutive FCS national title, but this season’s triumph at Georgia Southern (November 3) was among the school’s biggest. Had App State lost that contest, its streak of sharing at least a tie of the league title would have ended. Plus, it got the Mountaineers another berth in the playoffs. This might not be Appalachian State’s best team, but it still has plenty of firepower and is a legitimate contender.  

2012 Record: 8-3, 6-2 
Coach: Jerry Moore

Big Wins: 9/8 Montana (35-27), 11/3 at Georgia Southern (31-28)
Bad Losses: 9/15 The Citadel (28-52), 10/20 Wofford (28-38)

Jamal Jackson ranks among the nation’s top 30 in virtually every category for a quarterback with 2,905 passing yards (ninth - 264.1 ypg), 3,239 yards of total offense (12th - 294.5 ypg), a 146.2 pass-efficiency rating (18th), 235 completions (22nd - 21.4 pg) and 144 points responsible for (29th - 13.1 pg) and leads the Southern Conference in passing yardage and total offense. Sam Martin has provided the Mountaineers with outstanding kicking, too. He ranks fourth nationally with a 45.5-yard average, second highest in school history. In the Furman victory, he made 4-of-4 field goals, too.

With as many as eight defensive starters returning, Appalachian State expected this to be a strength. It hasn’t been. Before Saturday’s action, the Mountaineers were ranked 92nd nationally in total defense (412 yards per game). In rushing defense, Appalachian State was 100th, yielding 199 yards per game. Of course, it did face three of the top rushing teams in the nation: The Citadel, Wofford and Georgia Southern. But the passing defense hasn’t been there either (59th, 213.5 ypg).

Statistical Leaders:
Rushing: Steven Miller, RB, 1,307 yards
Passing: Jamal Jackson, QB, 2,905 yards
Receiving: Sean Price, WR, 1,029 yards
Tackles: Jeremy Kimbrough, LB, 128
Sacks: Brandon Grier, LB, 6.0
Interceptions: Demetrius McCray, DB, 4

2012 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 181.09 (35th in nation, 4th in conference)
Passing Offense: 285.64 (13, 2)
Total Offense: 466.73 (10, 2)
Scoring Offense: 32.55 (24, 3)
Rushing Defense: 199.18 (100, 6)
Pass Defense: 213.55 (59, 8)
Total Defense: 412.73 (92, 8)
Scoring Defense: 28.55 (72, 6)
Turnover Margin: 0.55 (27, 4)
Sacks: 2.27 (37, 4)
Sacks Allowed: 2.00 (59, 5)

Recent Playoff Appearances:
2011    Second Round    Lost to Maine
2010    Second Round    Defeated Western Illinois
2010    Quarterfinals        Lost to Villanova
2009    First Round        Defeated South Carolina State
2009    Quarterfinals        Defeated Richmond
2009    Semifinals        Lost to Montana
2008    First Round        Defeated South Carolina State
2008    Quarterfinals        Lost to Richmond
2007    First Round        Defeated James Madison
2007    Quarterfinals        Defeated Eastern Washington
2007    Semifinals        Defeated Richmond
2007    Championship        Defeated Delaware
2006    First Round        Defeated Coastal Carolina
2006    Quarterfinals        Defeated Montana State
2006    Semifinals        Defeated Youngstown State
2006    Championship        Defeated Massachusetts
2005    First Round        Defeated Lafayette
2005    Quarterfinals        Defeated Southern Illinois
2005    Semifinals        Defeated Furman
2005    Championship        Defeated Northern Iowa
2002    First Round        Lost to Maine
2001    First Round        Defeated William & Mary
2001    Quarterfinals        Lost to Georgia Southern
2000    First Round        Defeated Troy
2000    Quarterfinals        Defeated Western Kentucky
2000    Semifinals        Lost to Montana
1999    First Round        Lost to Florida A&M
1998    First Round        Defeated Tennessee State
1998    Quarterfinals        Lost to Northwestern State
1995    First Round        Defeated James Madison
1995    Quarterfinals        Lost to Stephen F. Austin
1994    First Round        Defeated New Hampshire
1994    Quarterfinals        Lost to Boise State
1992    First Round        Lost to Middle Tennessee State
1991    First Round        Lost to Eastern Kentucky
1989    First Round        Lost to Middle Tennessee State
1987    First Round        Defeated Richmond
1987    Quarterfinals        Defeated Georgia Southern
1987    Semifinals        Lost to Marshall
1986    First Round        Lost to Nicholls State

*all team stats through 11/10


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