BOONE, N.C. -- Armanti Edwards threw three touchdown passes and Appalachian State survived a late scare to beat Elon 24-16 on Saturday.
Edwards was 12 of 14 for 147 yards and added 104 yards rushing for the Mountaineers (9-2, 7-0 Southern Conference), who trailed by two points early in the third quarter.
However, Edwards' third scoring pass -- a 22-yarder to Brian Quick with 9:49 left in the third quarter -- gave Appalachian State the lead.
Edwards left the game midway through the fourth quarter after a late hit, and backup DeAndre Presley drove the Mountaineers to a 24-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter.
Appalachian State stopped the Phoenix (8-3, 6-2) twice -- including a fourth-and-inches -- in the final six minutes to win its eighth straight game.
Riddle was 20 of 39 with one interception.
Appalachian State bolted to a 14-0 lead in the first half behind Edwards, who threw for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for 99 more yards.
He found Ben Jorden in the back of the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 4:02 left in the first quarter to give the Mountaineers the lead, then hit Matt Cline on a 33-yard scoring pass with 12:29 left in the second quarter.
Elon pulled within 14-7 on Riddle's 55-yard touchdown pass to Bo Williamson with 9:11 remaining, then thwarted a chance for Appalachian State to widen its lead when it stopped a fourth-and-1 at the Phoenix 4 with less than four minutes left.
Elon had a shot to tie the game when it recovered a muffed punt at the Mountaineers' 19 with 47.1 seconds left.
The Phoenix drove to the Appalachian 4, but had to settle for Andrew Wilcox's 21-yard field goal and a 14-10 margin at the break.
Brandon Newsome added 118 yards rushing for Elon, which has lost two of its past three games.
Nick Saban says people assume the Crimson Tide "just s--- another player" when one goes down, but the coach is concerned about the team's depth.
Quintez Cephus, a starting wide receiver who finished second on the team with 501 receiving yards in 2017, announced Saturday that he's taking a leave of absence in anticipation of being charged for an incident that took place in April.
After five players contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, West Virginia announced the postponement of its fan appreciation day, which was scheduled for Sunday.
Georgia freshman tailback Zamir White, who was expected to compete for immediate playing time, suffered a torn ACL and is likely out for the season, sources tell ESPN.
Christopher Allen is the second Alabama linebacker to suffer a significant knee injury that might cost him the season.
TCU announced Saturday that sophomore Shawn Robinson will be its starting quarterback. Robinson beat out Penn transfer Michael Collins for the job.
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