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Originally published: 2012-10-06 21:58:50
Last modified: 2012-10-06 21:58:50

Martin's record attempt falls short

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State punter Sam Martin is also the holder on the regular kicks for Drew Stewart, but he also handles the long field goal attempts.
Martin tried a 61-yard field goal attempt with just eight seconds left in the game, but it fell short of the uprights. The ball was returned, but Elon did not get it past the Mountaineers’ 40-yard line.
Mark Wright holds the ASU record for the longest field goal with a 57-yarder he made in 2000 against Troy State at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

OTHER LONG KICKS
Appalachian State’s kickoff coverage team did not have to work as hard as it usually does since Martin belted all of his kickoffs – six in all – out of the end zone. Martin also averaged 43.5 yards on six punts, including a 50-yarder. Two were downed inside the 20-yard line.

LONG STREAK
Appalachian State beat Elon for the 16th straight time Saturday, and holds a 30-9-1 advantage. The last time the Phoenix beat the Mountaineers was 1964, a 28-7 win at Conrad Stadium. ASU’s previous two victories were by a combined seven points.
Since Appalachian State joined the Southern Conference in 2003, ASU has outscored the Phoenix 341-164, which works out to an average score of 38-18.

DEUCE OUT
Appalachian State defensive end Deuce Robinson injured his knee and was helped off the field in the third quarter and did not return.

AROUND THE SOCON
In other Southern Conference games, Wofford beat Furman 20-17, Georgia Southern beat Samford 35-16 and Chattanooga beat The Citadel 28-10.

FINAL NOTES: The attendance for the game was 29,073. ... The win was Appalachian State’s 10th homecoming victory. The Mountaineers are 38-11-2 on homecoming. .The last time ASU lost a homecoming game was a 26-19 setback to Wofford in 2002. ... The homecoming king for 2012 is Ish Gomez, who represented Sigma Kappa. The homecoming queen is Pami Cuevas, who represented Mountaineer Hall. ... The 2007 national championship football team was honored in the second quarter.