College Sports Journal
CULLOWHWEE, N.C. — In a game where the Mountaineers outgained Western Carolina 579-316 and possessed the ball for nearly 37 minutes, back-up quarterback Logan Hallock stole the show after being unexpectedly forced into action.
Hallock lead Appalachian (6-3, 4-2 SoCon) to a 38-27 road victory over the Catamounts (1-8, 0-7 SoCon) with an impressive performance that overshadowed several other brilliant individual efforts.
When starting QB Jamal Jackson went down with a knee injury in the first quarter, ASU fans held their collective breath as the starting quarterback and team leader hobbled to the sidelines. However, good news was forthcoming on several fronts for the black and gold.
On the field, Hallock took the reigns with Appalachian in the lead 10-0 and kept the Mountaineer offense churning.
Although his first two drives stalled out resulting in a 43-yard missed field goal and a punt by Sam Martin, he finished the half by engineering consecutive touchdown drives, culminating with an 18-yard strike to Sean Price in the corner of the end zone with just five seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Coming into the game, Logan had not attempted a pass at the collegiate level, with his only action at quarterback coming in the form of two hand-offs late in a blowout win over Coastal Carolina.
Going into halftime, the ASU lead had grown to 24-7 and Hallock was a perfect 13-13 for 164 yards and a touchdown.