For the second-straight year, GoASU.com is counting down Appalachian State University athletics' 30 most memorable games, matches and meets from the 2010-11 academic year. This year's countdown began on Wednesday, July 6 and will continue until Thursday, August 4, the day before the ASU football hits the practice field for the first time to unofficially open the 2011-12 campaigns.
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Oct. 9, 2010
BOONE, N.C. — DeAndre Presley accounted for 374 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to lead top-ranked Appalachian State University to a 34-31 victory over No. 19 Elon in front of a school-record crowd of 31,531 on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Presley completed 14-of-19 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown and ran 23 times for a career-high 170 yards and two more scores to lead Appalachian (5-0, 3-0 SoCon) to its 23rd-consecutive Southern Conference victory and its 15th-straight triumph over Elon (2-4, 1-2 SoCon).
Presley was impressive from his first play of the game — a 39-yard pass to CoCo Hillary — to his last, an eight-yard first-down run that sealed the victory with under two minutes to play. At the end of that run, Presley sustained a head injury and walked off the field with assistance from ASU athletic training personnel. He will be evaluated further on Sunday and his status for next Saturday’s home tilt with The Citadel is unknown at this time.
Presley’s 39-yard connection with Hillary on the first play from scrimmage set the tone for an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that gave Appalachian an early 7-0 lead but, aided by a roughing the punter penalty on its initial series, Elon scored the game’s next 10 points to take a 10-7 advantage.
The Phoenix’s only lead of the game would be short-lived, as the Mountaineers needed only four plays to erase the deficit, with a 39-yard touchdown run by Cedric Baker capping the one-minute, 37-second drive that gave the Apps a 13-10 lead they would never relinquish.
Elon drew back within three points on three different occasions but each time, ASU responded. Following the first two times that the Phoenix cut the deficit to three, the Mountaineers answered with touchdowns to stretch the lead back to 10 and after Elon scored with 3:50 to go to make it 34-31, the Apps got four big first downs to run out the clock.
Besides Presley, Appalachian’s biggest plays of the day were made by Hillary. The senior finished with three receptions for 76 yards — both season highs — and all three receptions were huge ones. In addition to the 39-yard gain on the first play of the day, he hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Presley on a third-and-goal play to give ASU a 34-24 lead early in the fourth quarter and made a 24-yard catch on the final drive to give the Mountaineers one of the four first downs it needed to seal the victory.
Appalachian’s defense also contributed with big plays in the win. The Mountaineers sacked Elon quarterback Scott Riddle three times and finished with seven tackles for loss. More importantly, the ASU defense came up the biggest when it mattered most, twice turning away the Phoenix away on fourth down, the second of which came on the ASU six yard line early in the third quarter.
Buck Buchanan Award candidates D.J. Smith and Jabari Fletcher led the Black and Gold defensively, with Smith registering a game-high 14 tackles, including one for loss, and a pass break-up and Fletcher notching two sacks and three tackles for loss among his four stops.
Largely because of Riddle’s 394 yards on 31-of-43 passing, Elon held a 503-478 edge in total yardage but Appalachian held a 7.6-7.2 advantage in yards per play. Behind Presley’s 170 rushing yards, the Mountaineers out-gained the Phoenix 274-109 on the ground.
Penalties were ASU’s achilles heel throughout the afternoon, as it was flagged 12 times for 116 yards, including nine times for 96 yards in the first half alone.
NOTES: Appalachian has not lost to Elon since 1964 ... its 15-straight wins over the Phoenix include all eight since Elon joined the SoCon in 2003 ... Elon, which finished second behind ASU in the SoCon a year ago and were picked to place second again this year, faces an uphill climb in its quest for a second-straight NCAA Division I championship appearance, as it is essentially three games behind Appalachian in the SoCon standings (thanks to ASU holding the tiebreaker with the Phoenix) and cannot reach the benchmark of seven Division I wins used for at-large consideration in the 20-team postseason field ... the Mountaineers' last loss in a conference game came on Oct. 20, 2007 vs. Georgia Southern – 1,083 days ago ... Saturday’s crowd surpassed the previous ASU record of 30,931, set versus Wofford on Oct. 31, 2008 ... three of Appalachian’s eight largest crowds all-time have come in its first three home games this year ... the Mountaineers won for the 51st time in their last 54 home games and notched their 29th-consecutive home win over an in-state opponent ... the last time ASU fell to an in-state foe at home was a 34-7 loss to Western Carolina on Oct. 6, 1984 at then-Conrad Stadium ... in his seventh career start, Presley surpassed the 300-yard mark in total offense for the fourth time, which ties him with Bake Baker (1994-97) for fifth in school history ... Presley scored on 53- and 44-yard touchdown runs, which both surpassed his previous career long of 34 yards ... the 100-yard rushing effort was Presley’s second of the season and fourth of his career ... Hillary’s touchdown catch was his first since last Oct. 31 at Furman ... the following week, Hillary suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice ... ASU won its 10th-straight game on SportSouth and moved to 20-3 all-time when playing on the network ... Elon’s Aaron Mellette, who caught three of Riddle’s four touchdown passes from 7, 6 and 43 yards out, became the first player with three receiving touchdowns against ASU since Hawaii’s Jeremiah Cockerman in 2003.
GoASU.com's Most Memorable Games of 2010-11
30. Football 42, Western Illinois 14 — Dec. 4, 2010
29. Women's Cross Country Places Second at SoCon Championship — Oct. 30, 2010
28. Softball 2, Samford 1 — April 23, 2011
27. Men's Basketball 85, College of Charleston 70 — Feb. 24, 2011
26. Women's Basketball 83, Davidson 73 — Feb. 2, 2011
25. Baseball 7, Miami (Fla.) 5 — Feb. 25, 2011
24. Football 34, Elon 31 — Oct. 9, 2010