Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween treat: Wofford at Appalachian

How big is Appalachian State's trick-or-treat showdown with Wofford in Boone Friday night?

The Halloween showdown will mark the first time two teams undefeated in Southern Conference play (both 4-0) have met this late in the season since Nov. 9, 1996, when Marshall blasted East Tennessee State 34-10. Neither of those teams is in the Southern Conference today.

Wofford (6-1 overall) and ASU (6-2) certainly are; you can't miss 'em, because both are usually in the hunt for the league title. A lot of people will be paying attention; in addition to a sellout crowd of 30,000 or so in Kidd Brewer Stadium, the game will be available on ESPN2.

Both teams, as usual, are highly ranked in the Football Championship Subdivision; the Mountaineers are No. 2 in both polls while Wofford is No. 3 in the Sports Network poll and ranked 5th by the coaches.

The teams have split their last six meetings, with the home team winning four. Wofford won last season in Spartanburg, 42-31.

*In other SC news, Western Carolina redshirt freshman Quan Warley was the league's freshman of the week after gaining 102 rushing yards against Georgia Southern. The Eagles, though, rallied from 28 points down to a 38-31 win in OT. It was Georgia Southern's biggest comeback ever.

--Stan Olson