Chattanooga, TN (Sports Network) -
Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore was named the 20th winner of the Eddie Robinson Award tonight at the FCS College Football Awards held in Chattanooga, TN on the eve of the FCS Championship Game. The Robinson Award is presented annually to the top head coach in FCS football.
The Mountaineers posted a 10-1 regular season record and held the No. 1 ranking in The Sports Network top 25 throughout most of the season, and also completed
a perfect 7-0 mark in the Southern Conference. The 10-1 regular season record was Moore?s second-best mark at Appalachian State, and was his best result since an undefeated 1995 campaign. The defending national champion Mountaineers earned the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs, and have advanced to Friday?s national championship game against Massachusetts.
Appalachian State opened the season at No. 1 in The Sports Network top 25, and stayed that way even after a 23-10 loss at FBS North Carolina State to open the
season. A huge matchup between the last two national champions followed, and the Mountaineers were up to the task in a 21-10 home victory over James Madison. From that point, the Mountaineers won their final nine games and dominated most of the way. They hit their toughest stretch of the year in October with three consecutive games against conference heavyweights Wofford, Georgia Southern and Furman, and passed all the tests with flying colors. They used a strong defensive effort to hold off Wofford, 14-7, and rallied in the fourth quarter for a 27-20 victory in double overtime that marked their first win at Georgia Southern since 1996. The Mountaineers turned the game against rival Furman into a rout with a 26-0 second-half advantage in a 40-7 victory.
Moore has a 153-68 record in his 18 seasons as the head coach in Boone. A collegiate coach since 1965, Moore served as an assistant at Southern Methodist
and Nebraska and head coach at North Texas and Texas Tech before coming to Appalachian State. He has a 180-116-2 all-time record in 25 seasons as a head
Moore is the fourth Southern Conference head coach to win the Robinson Award, and first since Wofford?s Mike Ayers in 2003. He takes home the third major FCS award from Appalachian State. Mountaineer linebacker Dexter Coakley won the first two Buck Buchanan Awards in 1995 and 1996.
Moore received 20 first-place votes and 256 points from the panel of 112 I-AA/FCS sports information directors and selected media. He received a top three vote on 56 ballots. North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl finished one point behind Moore in the closest voting in the history of the Robinson Award, and led all candidates with 29 first-place votes.
The Eddie Robinson Award was established in 1987 by The Sports Network.