Chattanooga snaps 14-game losing streak in Boone
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Chattanooga snapped a 14-game losing streak in Boone that dated back to 1983 after beating the Mountaineers 35-28 at Kidd Brewer Stadium Saturday.
The last time the Mocs beat the Mountaineers either at Conrad Stadium or at Kidd Brewer Stadium was a 30-9 win in 1983, when Mack Brown coached his only season at Appalachian State.
Chattanooga's overall eight-game losing streak against Appalachian State also came to an end. The Mocs beat the visiting Mountaineers 59-56 in Chattanooga in 2004.
The Mountaineers have won 25 of the last 29 meeting with the Mocs.
App State's 2-7 overall record matches the most losses by a Mountaineers team since they finished 4-7 in 1993. Appalachian State has not lost more than seven games since they went 3-8 in 1979. Appalachian State went 2-9 in 1977.
Mocs off to fast start
Chattanooga was 6-2 for the first time since 1997 when a 41-7 loss sent the Mocs into a three-game losing streak. They ended the season 7-4.
This year, the Mocs are in first place in the Southern Conference after their 35-28 win over Appalachian State Saturday. The Mocs (7-2, 5-1 SoCon) hold a half-game lead over Wofford and Samford.
Wofford (5-3, 4-1) had a bye Saturday and Samford (6-3, 4-1) lost its first SoCon game of the season, a 28-26 setback to The Citadel, Saturday.
Chattanooga, which continues its Southern Conference schedule at home against No. 16 Wofford this Saturday, has won five straight SoCon games for the first time in school history after falling to then No. 15 Georgia Southern 23-21 in Statesboro, Ga.
Chattanooga closes out its SoCon season at Samford, which was ranked No. 15 going into the weekend. They Mocs finish their overall season Nov. 22 at No. 1 Alabama.
Backup offensive tackle Tyson Fernandez was moved to nose tackle last Monday during practice, and ended up starting against Chattanooga.
Fernandez, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound freshman from Fuquay-Varina, was moved to the defensive line to give the Mountaineers more depth at the position. Thomas Bronson was moved to defensive end because of injuries at that position, particularly a thumb injury to Ronald Blair. He did not dress against Chattanooga.
Fernandez, who played his prep football for current Watauga High head coach Ryan Habich, finished Saturday with four tackles, all solo. At 325 points, he is the largest nose tackle, out of the three listed on the Mountaineers' depth chart, by 45 pounds.
Other Mountaineers who did not dress out for the game were quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson and linebacker Rashaad Townes did not dress out for the game.
Tight end Drew Bailey left the game with what was called an "upper body injury."
Another win streak stopped
Appalachian State lost in November at home for the first time since 2002, when Maine took a 14-13 victory over the Mountaineers in the Division I-AA playoffs.
App State receiver Andrew Peacock moved into sixth place in school history with 1,909 career receiving yards. He passed CoCo Hillary, who caught 1,906 yards from 2007-10. Peacock finished Saturday with five catches for 44 yards.
Longest run for Cox
Marcus Cox's 44-yard run Saturday was his, and the Mountaineers', longest of the season. A 24-yard gain by Ricky Fergerson at Montana was the former longest run of the season.
Cox, who finished with 158 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, has 857 yards and nine touchdowns rushing this season.
His 29 carries were also a season high, three more than the 26 carries he had against Elon, when he gained a season high 159 yards.
Attendance streak stopped
Appalachian State's streak of 50 games of having more than a capacity crowd in a regular season game ended Saturday when just 18,991 made their way to Kidd Brewer Stadium. The last time the Mountaineers failed to draw an over-capacity crowd was Nov. 6, 2004 when 11,347 watched App State beat Elon 48-7.
By the numbers
Linebacker Karl Anderson led the Mountaineers in tackles with 11 overall, seven solo. Doug Middleton added seven tackles and an interception. ...App State receiver Malachi Jones has caught 15 passes in his last two games after catching just eight passes in his first seven games. Jones led the Mountaineers with nine catches for 74 yards against Chattanooga. ... App State punter Bentlee Critcher punted five times for a 48.6 yards per kick average Saturday. Perhaps even more importantly, his net average was 47.0.