CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Appalachian State erupted for 24 fourth-quarter points to trounce Chattanooga 34-17 before a crowd of 13,726 at Finley Stadium.
Junior quarterback Jamal Jackson found receiver Sean Price on scoring passes of 36 and 14 yards and former West Charlotte linebacker Brandon Grier returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown as the Mountaineers sealed the Southern Conference victory.
Appalachian State (2-2, 1-1) outscored Chattanooga 24-7 in the fourth quarter in a game that was tied 10-10 through three quarters. Kicker Drew Stewart’s field goal from 38 yards opened the fourth-quarter scoring.
Jackson, who became the 13th player in Appalachian State history with 3,000 career passing yards, completed 19-of-30 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Price caught 10 passes for 130 yards.
Appalachian State extended its winning streak over Chattanooga to eight games and claimed its 25th win in its past 28 games against the Mocs (1-3, 0-1).
Notes: Appalachian avoided dropping to 0-2 in Southern Conference play for the first time since 1972, its first season in the league. … Appalachian State avoided losing consecutive Southern Conference games for the first time since 2002. … The Mountaineers extended their winning streak at Finley Stadium to seven games, including wins in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I-AA football national championship games. … Grier’s interception return for a touchdown was the first score of the linebacker’s career. It was his second career interception.