Price sets freshmen records for catches, yards
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State receiver Sean Price broke the NCAA FCS record for receptions and receiving yards in a season.
Price caught 13 passes for 167 yards in the Mountaineers' 38-37 loss to Illinois State Saturday. Those receptions and yards gave the redshirt freshman from Reston, Va., with 81 catches for 1,196 yards in just 10 games.
The former record was 71 catches set by Drew Amerson of Cal State Northridge in 1999, and Randy Moss, who piled up 1,073 yards at Marshall, held the receiving yardage record.
FIRST LOSS TO THE MVFC
Appalachian State had never lost to a team from the Missouri Valley Football Conference until Saturday
Appalachian State is 4-1 against teams from the MVFC. All of the games were played in the playoffs.
The Mountaineers' biggest win against a team from the MVFC was in 2005 when they beat Northern Iowa 21-16 in the Division I-AA national championship game. Appalachian State also beat Western Illinois 42-14 in 2010, Youngstown State 49-24 in 2006 and Southern Illinois 38-24 in 2005.
Appalachian State is making its eighth-straight playoff appearance Saturday, but has stumbled in the postseason in recent years.
It is the second longest current streak. The Mountaineers trail New Hampshire, which leads all teams with nine straight.
The Mountaineers, after winning 16-of-17 playoff games from 2005-09, has lost four of their last five postseason games. ASU lost 34-12 to Maine in 2011, 42-14 in 2010 and suffered a heartbreaking 24-17 loss to Montana in the 2008 semifinals.
ASU beat Western Illinois in 2010 in the middle of that losing streak. ASU has lost its last three playoff games, all at home.
New Hampshire lost 23-7 to Wofford on Saturday.
HITTING THE BIG TWO-OH
Appalachian State made its 20th playoff appearance Saturday. The Mountaineers are 24-17 in 41 playoff games, which is the sixth highest percentage in the Division I-AA/FCS playoffs history.
The Mountaineers are 17-8 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, 4-8 on the road. Mountaineers head coach Jerry Moore is 22-14. The 24 victories put Appalachian State fourth all-time, behind Georgia Southern (43), Montana (32), and Youngstown State (25).
RETURN TO THE FIELD
Illinois State made its first FCS playoffs appearance since 2006. It is the fourth time the Redbirds have made the playoffs in their history.
Illinois State took to the road and beat Eastern Illinois 24-13 in the first round of the 2006 playoffs, but lost to Youngstown State 28-21 in the second round.
Illinois State won two games in the 1999 playoffs, beating Colgate 56-13 and Hofstra 37-20. Georgia Southern beat the Redbirds 28-17 in the semifinals.
The Redbirds' first playoff appearance was in 1998, which resulted in a 48-28 loss to Northwestern State.
Illinois State is 6-0 on the road this season, but 3-3 at home.
Road victories included a win at FBS Eastern Michigan, and a 54-51 double-overtime win over Eastern Illinois. The Redbirds also beat No. 14 Indiana State 17-10 on the road.
ISU's top home win was a 17-10 victory over No. 8 Youngstown State.
FOOTNOTES: The 16,719 in attendance was the largest crowd to watch a second-round playoff game in ASU history. ...ASU quarterback Jamal Jackson became the fifth player in school history with 6,000 yards of total offense. Jackson threw for 373 yards passing, giving him 6,147 total offense. ...ASU slipped to 1-2 in playoff games decided in overtime. The Mountaineers beat New Hampshire 17-10 in 1994 and lost 19-16 at Montana.