BOONE, N.C. (AP) -In a career spanning five decades with several big-name schools, Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore has seen some remarkable performances.
Moore, though, had never witnessed anything quite like the 495-yard, seven-touchdown effort by sophomore quarterback Armanti Edwards on Friday night that left the Mountaineers one win away from a record third straight FCS national championship.
``A long time ago when I was at Nebraska, I saw Dave Humm complete 21 passes in a row and I thought that was a feat,'' Moore said. ``But it didn't even come close to this. And that was against Kansas, and Kansas was a basketball school then. Here, with all the pressure, that's something.''
The day after Edwards nearly single-handedly led the Mountaineers to a 55-35 win over Richmond in the FCS - formerly Division I-AA - semifinals, the small, shifty, left-handed Edwards was still the talk of this campus nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Barely 6-feet tall, the sophomore rushed for an FCS quarterback record 313 yards and four touchdowns. Edwards also completed 14 of 16 passes for 182 yards and three more scores.
``Big holes,'' the modest Edwards said when asked to explain his big night.
The Spiders, left gasping for air as Edwards blew by them all night, had a different take.
``He's fast. Containing him was extremely difficult,'' Richmond nose guard Bryan DeMoss said. ``The guy can beat you with his legs just as well as he can beat you with the throw.''
Edwards began the season by throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for another score in Appalachian State's stunning 34-32 win at then-No. 5 Michigan. He will finish Friday against Delaware, which took a 20-17 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday, in the FCS championship game, and will look to give the Mountaineers (12-2) a third straight title.
Appalachian State's ticket allotment for the title game in Chattanooga, Tenn., sold out by noon Saturday, a day after 24,140 watched the Mountaineers win behind a guy who wasn't wanted by major schools.
Edwards, from Greenwood, S.C., didn't start playing quarterback until midway through his junior year in high school. Nearby Clemson recruited Edwards, but as a defensive back.
Edwards wanted to play quarterback. Moore happily took him.
Edwards replaced Trey Elder in the third game in 2006 and became only the second freshman in Division I history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000. He went 13-0 as a starter, culminating in the Mountaineers' 28-17 win over Massachusetts for the national title.
Edwards injured his shoulder in the Michigan upset, and he missed four games later in the season. When he returned, his passing game struggled and the Mountaineers lost to Wofford and Georgia Southern.
He is healthy now.
Edwards had nine completions for 11 or more yards against Richmond and seven rushes of at least 15 yards.
``He made some plays in space that nobody has made against us this year,'' Richmond coach Dave Clawson said.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

ACC Conference Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Handicapping 2016 Win Totals on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Big 12 Conference Betting Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
2016 College Conference Previews on Sun, Jul 2016 by Blade
Advertisement

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Iowa Win Total Prediction Following a Big Ten West Division Championship in 2015, can the Iowa Hawkeyes put together another big year in 2016?
Thumbnail Washington State Win Total Prediction After winning 10 games a year ago, will the Washington State Cougars build off their 2015 campaign or take a step back in 2016?
Thumbnail Oklahoma State Season Win Total Prediction Even in the pass-happy Big 12, a true contender for the conference championship must gain tough yards on the ground. That explains precisely where Oklahoma...
Thumbnail Wisconsin Win Total Prediction After a 10-win season in 2015, can the Wisconsin Badgers make a push for the Big Ten Championship in 2016?
Thumbnail Florida Season Win Total Prediction   The ever-brief Will Muschamp era left the bulk of Florida fans in a state of discontent. There seems to be a profound sense of renewed hope, however, under Jim...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages