ASU notebook: Mountaineers lose first two games
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2009 following its 24-21 loss to North Carolina A&T Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium..
The Mountaineers lost to Virginia Tech in the 2009 season opener and followed with a 40-35 loss to McNeese State, which is the last team to beat the Mountaineers in a home opener.
It was also just the second time in the past 12 seasons the Mountaineers have lost their home opener, and the third time in the last 20 seasons that the Mountaineers have lost their first two games of a season.
Appalachian State also saw its home winning streak over teams from North Carolina snapped at 32 games. The Mountaineers' last home loss from a North Carolina team was in 1984 when they fell to Western Carolina 34-7.
FIRST TIME CLUB
Several freshmen had some significant "firsts" on Saturday.
Running back Marcus Cox scored his first touchdown in his college career when he caught a 35-yard touchdown from quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson with 11:11 left in the first quarter.
Cox also scored on a 9-yard touchdown reception from Kameron Bryant with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman Barrett Burns also scored his first touchdown on a 10-yard catch in the fourth quarter. It was also Bryant's first touchdown pass in his college career.
Sophomore cornerback Kevin Walton picked off the first pass of his college career in the third quarter. It was the only interception thrown by North Carolina A&T quarterback Kawshaun Quick.
ASU LINEMAN'S OK
Appalachian State lineman Parker Collins, a freshman from North Augusta, Ga., was taken from the game on a rolling stretcher after he was hurt.
Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield said Collins, a guard, suffered a back injury, but was put on the stretcher as a precautionary measure.
"Parker had a lower back issue, but he was fine," Satterfield said. "They did all that as a precautionary issues just to make sure everything was good. He could feel everything and move everything, but they just wanted to be precautionary, but he's fine. Everything came out good in the x-rays."
SENIORS HOG THE FOOTBALL
Senior wide receivers Tony Washington and Andrew Peacock both caught 11 passes in the game Saturday.
Washington gained 101 yards, while Peacock gained 93 yards. Four other receivers combined to catch 10 passes.
GRAHAM HELD IN CHECK
While North Carolina A&T cornerback D'Vonte Graham returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown late in the first half, the Mountaineers' special teams held him to minimal yardage when it came to returning punts.
Graham was named to The Sports Network's preseason All-America team as a punt returner, but settled for 16 yards in punt returns on three attempts against the Mountaineers. His longest went for nine yards.
Washington had the most multi-purpose yards with 133. He combined 101 receiving yards with 32 yards in kickoff returns.
IT'S THE LAW
Appalachian State linebacker John Law finished with a game-high 14 tackles. Linebacker Karl Anderson added 11 tackles and Walton had nine.
Travis Crosby led the Aggies with 12 tackles, 1.5 for a loss. Grant finished with eight tackles.
Appalachian State's three-game winning streak over North Carolina A&T was snapped. The Mountaineers hold a 5-2 edge in the overall series.
Appalachian State also lost to a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time since 1999 when they fell 44-29 to Florida A&M in the 1999 Division I-AA playoffs.
Appalachian State has a bye on Sept. 14. The Mountaineers play at Elon on Sept. 21.
North Carolina A&T gets to play the Phoenix first when the Aggies host the Phoenix on Sept. 14.