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Seriously, WIZZ-ud!It was the kind of play that made standing in a three-hour downpour worthwhile.

And the kind of play that makes Armanti Edwards special.

It was at about the 13-minute mark of the second quarter. Apps facing 2nd and 11 at the Samford 39. AE took the snap and rolled back a bit. Bulldogs came running. One hit him, but couldn’t hold on. AE stayed upright, scanning. Another Bulldog came charging from the other side, AE flinched to flee and, mercy!, dropped the ball.

Never losing stride, AE kept moving but went from football to basketball, smoothly catching the fumble on its bounce. The ball again in hand he ran left, and saw Cedric Baker open just over 20 six yards away to his right. Still in motion, but now being speared in the waist by a Bulldog, AE let the pigskin fly.

AE hit the ground. The ball his Baker’s hands. Completion. 16 yards. First down.

W-O-W.

Even better, he did almost the exact same move in the second half.

Awesome.

Appalachian State rebounded from back-to-back losses, and its defense gained some redemption, with a 20-7 victory over Samford in the Southern Conference opener for both teams yesterday.

The Mountaineers’ defense had a blast on a rainy day, holding Samford to 192 yards. That performance came two weeks after Appalachian gave up 522 yards to McNeese State — the most allowed by ASU in five years — in a 40-35 loss that dropped the Mountaineers to 0-2.

Box score. Play by play. Photos. Quotes.

The other big play in the game was a penalty against App which eventually led to a Samford score. On a 3rd and nine from the App 48, Bulldog QB Dustin Taliaferro was running to the sideline when he was shoved in that direction by an App defender. Taliaferro somehow came into contact with App Brett Irvin on the sideline.

Flags flew. Personal foul on App. 11 yards. The crowd was not happy. Seemed to be a legit hit on the field. The off-field contact wasn’t noticed.

Coach Moore went nuts. According to one observer, it wasn’t so much the flag Moore was upset with. The refs were ordering the App players further off the sideline. Moore was insisting they were as far back as they could go.

The day’s rain created huge puddles along the sideline between the track and field. If the players stood any further back, they’d be wading in the water.

* image stolen from Winston paper

22 Comments

  1. appfanmidwest

    September 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    A few spectacular plays by Armanti indeed, but not a day the offense should be boasting about. Boring, rainy game and we're happy with the win.

    Defense proved they do have a pulse, which is encouraging. Let's not get too excited about this win, but it appears we may be moving in the right direction. Let's sprinkle little offensive razzle the dazzle (or perhaps drizzle) and we'll be all set.

    It appears Elon may be our only formidable opponent, but I would still plan to score at least 40 points a game to make some statements.

  2. appfanmidwest

    September 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Who do you guys see emerging as an FCS powehouse? I see Northern Iowa out in front by a mile at this point. App State- UNI rematch???

    Outscored opponents last four games 148-30, which includes a 17-16 loss to Iowa, a game in which they had won, but missed two back-to-back field goal attempts in the last 30 seconds to put the game away.

    The other top contenders, as I see it are:

    Richmond- undefeated
    W&M- undefeated
    JMU- one loss to Maryland (Maryland sucks)
    UMass- watch closely, one loss to KState 21-17

  3. Right Said Fred

    September 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Somehow came into contact with Brett Irvin? Come on. Brett lowered a shoulder and took the guy out. He had room to at least attempt to move out of they guy's way, attempt to catch him, and a handful of other classy ways to handle the situation. Instead, he opted to stand his ground. Are you sure the off-field contact wasn't noticed? I'm pretty sure that was what the flag was about.

  4. Mike

    September 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Yep, Right Said Fred is right on this one. Cheap shot by Irvin. I hope he gets suspended by the coaching staff. There is absolutely NO REASON for that to be tolerated, period. No one player is above the team, no matter their importance to the team. He made a horrible decision and he needs to learn a lesson.

  5. Gwaltineer

    September 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    That flag was was the last straw. It was border line at best. He lowered his shoulder, but just as much to brace for the impact as anything.
    Horribly officiated game regardless. It pumped me up to see Coach Moore so upset.

  6. appstatefan67

    September 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    IMO it seemed like everytime App converted a 3rd down there was a flag or everytime Samford didnt convert there was a flag

  7. Mike

    September 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Certainly agree on the flags, there were a lot of them.

    But Irvin's penalty was the right call. The reply on the big screen was very clear. While the other players moved out of the way, he stood his ground and lowered the shoulder. Did anyone else notice this?

  8. Big Mountain

    September 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  9. Dan

    September 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Awesome video, thanks Big!

  10. jm18668

    September 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    The call on Irving was well deserved. He lowered his shoulder and stepped into it. Without that penalty it would have been 4th and long and the defense could have kept them from scoring. I thought the offense did great especially with the second half being a deluge. It's good to see us put up a W with only 20 points on the board and no scoring in the 2nd half. Anyone know if the Citadel game will be on TV or online?

  11. Dominick

    September 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Mike, totally disagree about suspending Irvin. It was a penalty and it was very noticeable after the replay on the scoreboard but suspend him for that? I don't think so scooter!

  12. Tim Roberts

    September 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I don't think iwould suppend Mr Irvins, however if I was Coach Moore, Iwould run him Monday at practice until his tounge drags the ground

  13. grudensucks

    September 28, 2009 at 4:25 am

    If Ed Rhodes calls anymore games for App this year, keep an eye on him. He has a grudge against us for some reason. He really needs to be reviewed by the NCAA officiating committee. His prejudice towards us is strong.

  14. asu7

    September 28, 2009 at 4:47 am

    We beat the refs, the weather and Sammy Saturday. I think we went really conservative in the 2nd half to manage the game and just pull out the W in the rain. I think JM was concerned about the weather and us just winning the game. Rightfully so with a 20 point lead in that kind of weather at halftime. We could have killed this team and easily won 40 to nothing. Our D showed signs of life and they got some real confidence instead of the tackling someone after they ran for a 20 yard break and then chest pumping confidence against McNeese.

  15. Gwaltineer

    September 28, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Big Mountain…any more videos? That pictures is clearer than the stream on GoASUTV. Is there somewhere else to watch these games?

  16. StuckinLodi

    September 28, 2009 at 5:46 am

    The officiating crew on Saturday was one of the worst we've had at home in quite some time. They seemed confused, indecisive and sometimes incompetent. Way too many conferences and "meetings" on seemingly routine simple calls. I still don't fully understand the "roughing the punter" call that game Samford a 1st down. Coach Moore and Charlie need to put the word out that we prefer NOT to have these guys again. They could cost us dearly later on in the year.

  17. Domnick

    September 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Yea, I was questioning that call too. Not because I didn't think he hit the punter but once the punter fumbles the ball it was my understanding that he could be hit or tackled just as any other player…Anyone know the ruling?

  18. Dan

    September 28, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Doesn't matter if the ball is muffed, when he goes into the punting motion, he is afforded the same protection as if he caught it cleanly. Have to get part of the ball to be able to hit him.

  19. Domnick

    September 28, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Dang, thanks for the answer Dan. I say they change that rule. Stop affording these kickers and punters so much protection. This IS football!

  20. DRM

    September 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

    They did change it a few years ago, Domnick–from the way you thought it was, to the way it now is. It's all part of NCAA's supposed effort to protect "defenseless" players, you know?

    I think the NFL rule is still as you thought the college rule was.

  21. Domnick

    September 28, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Good, at least the NFL has it right. Thanks DRM

  22. Gwaltineer

    September 28, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I though the ball was tipped.

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