Saturday, December 15, 2007


By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Appalachian State came up with the perfect bookend to the crazy football season the Mountaineers kicked off with that stunning upset of Michigan.

History as Division I-AA's first three-peat national champions.

"I can't tell you how much relief there is in being a three-peat," Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore said. "It is over."

Armanti Edwards threw for three touchdowns, and Appalachian State jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never trailed in beating Delaware 49-21 on Friday night for a third consecutive title in the Football Championship Subdivision.

And don't think that Michigan win will stand out more in their memories than the third consecutive title.

"Michigan didn't put a ring on our finger," Edwards said.

They became only the third team to win consecutive titles last year, but the Mountaineers now have done something that neither Georgia Southern nor Youngstown State could. They returned to a third straight championship game -- and won by their biggest margin yet.

No. 13 Delaware (11-4) came in looking for its second championship five years. The Fightin' Blue Hens had rallied from 10-0 deficits in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Not this time.

"They were as good as advertised," Delaware coach K.C. Keeler said.

Appalachian State's Devon Moore (20) outruns Delaware's Charles Graves (30) for a touchdown during the first quarter of the FCS championship football game Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photos/Wade Payne)

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