Appalachian St. 14, Chattanooga 12

Appalachian State relied on its defense in a 14-12 win over

Chattanooga on Saturday in the Southern Conference opener for both

teams.

Rodger Walker of Appalachian State erased a 6-0 deficit by

returning a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown on the final play of

the third quarter. Then Jeremy Kimbrough intercepted a pass and

returned it 46 yards for a score with 13:38 to play, giving the

Mountaineers a 14-6 lead.

The Mocs (2-2) pulled to within 14-12 on a 20-yard touchdown

pass from B.J. Coleman to Sloan Allison with 9:51 to play, but

Coleman’s pass on the two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete.

Doug Middleton sealed the win for the Mountaineers by intercepting

Coleman at the Mocs’ 40-yard-line with 11 seconds remaining.

Appalachian State (3-1) has won seven in a row, 24 of the past

27 and 14 in a row at home in the series.