Kameron Bryant was 27 of 33 for 381 yards with four total touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, to lead Appalachian State over Georgian Southern 38-14 on Saturday.
With the victory, the Mountaineers (2-6, 2-3 Southern Conference) ended a four-game skid and kept hope alive of avoiding their first losing season since 1993.
Marcus Cox led the Appalachian State running game 104 yards on 20 carries. Tony Washington had five catches for 129 yards while Andrew Peacock added 10 catches for 127 yards.
Georgia Southern (4-3, 2-3) scored the first points of the game on a 9-yard run by Jerick McKinnon.
McKinnon sprained his ankle in the second quarter while the score was tied. Kevin Ellison relieved him at quarterback and ran for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Appalachian State and Georgia Southern played their final game as Southern Conference rivals before they both join the Sun Belt next year.
North Carolina Central 24, Savannah State 10
Adrian Wilkins returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown to spur the Eagles.
Wilkins, who amassed 241 total yards, pulled in a 19-yard pass from Malcolm Bell midway through the third quarter to extend the Eagles lead to 21-10. He had 105 yards receiving on seven catches, 82 punt return yards and 54 kick return yards for the Eagles (4-4, 2-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Savannah State (1-8, 0-5) took the lead on a John Barron 22-yard field goal early in the opening quarter. Bell then scored on a six-yard run to give the Eagles the lead 7-3.
Savannah State took a 10-7 lead when Antonio Bostick hit Edward Lackey on a three-yard scoring strike. That held up until Wilkins touchdown punt return with 1:32 remaining in the first half.