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#pounditTuesday, February 7, 2023

Articles tagged: Appalachian State Football

Cool video shows Appalachian State QB helped students rush field after Hail Mary

Appalachian State pulled off an incredible win on Saturday for the second straight week, and quarterback Chase Brice made sure Mountaineers fans were able to soak up every bit of it.

Brice completed a Hail Mary from Appalachian State’s 46-yard line to lift the team to a 32-28 win over Troy. The ball was actually caught short of the end zone, but the Mountaineers executed a perfect tip-and-block-play. You can see the thrilling finish here.

Fans immediately began rushing the field after Appalachian State. The best part was Brice helped many of them jump down from the stands.

Brice will forever be a legend at Appalachian State for that Hail Mary play, and his actions afterward make the story even better.

Appalachian State’s dramatic Hail Mary win came a week after they upset Texas A&M, which led to a huge celebration on campus. It also resulted in ESPN coming to the school for “GameDay.

Radio call of Appalachian State Hail Mary is incredible

Appalachian State pulled off a big win for the second week in a row, and nothing captured the excitement surrounding Saturday’s victory better than the home team’s radio call.

Appalachian State beat Troy 32-28 on a Hail Mary they completed from their 47-yard line with no time left. It wasn’t just a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the end zone; they actually executed a tip-and-block perfectly!

Take a listen to the radio call from Adam Witten on Learfield Sports and tell me it didn’t put a big smile on your face:

“A miracle on the mountain part two!” Witten said in his call.

The excitement, the elation, the celebration. That was awesome.

This Hail Mary win came a week after the school upset Texas A&M, which led to a huge celebration on campus. It also resulted in ESPN coming to the school for “GameDay.”

Appalachian State changed ESPN’s ‘GameDay’ plans

ESPN was originally scheduled to host “College GameDay” at Texas A&M in Week 3, but Appalachian State University changed those plans.

Following App State’s incredible upset victory over No. 6 ranked Texas A&M last week, ESPN decided to reroute. Rather than going live at College Station on Saturday, they will instead head to Boone, North Carolina for the first time ever.

“I saw the reaction, post-A&M game, the parade mentality, like charging into the downtown city, that was frickin’ fantastic,” ESPN College GameDay analyst David Pollack said, via ABC 13 News. “So, I was like, this is going to be awesome.”

The GameDay crew will broadcast from Sanford Mall and upwards of 30,000 fans are expected to attend.

“This is absolutely insane. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Rachel Fleig, a senior at App State. “The atmosphere this whole week, it’s just been really a game-changer for our entire university.”

Appalachian State represents the 77th different college campus GameDay will broadcast from, but just the second Sun Belt Conference school ever.

Video: Appalachian State fans went nuts in street celebrating upset win

There is nothing quite like college football. Just ask the fans in Boone, North Carolina.

Appalachian State defeated Texas A&M 17-14 at College Station on Saturday to pull a big upset. Mountaineers head coach Shawn Clark was extremely emotional after the victory. The team’s fans showed their emotions in a different way.

Take a look at this video that shows fans celebrating right by the Appalachian State University campus.

The video shows fans running from both ends of King Street and meeting in the middle of town. The way both sides met at the same time to celebrate looked scripted, but it was real … and spectacular.

This is what college football is all about. Our condolences to Aggies fans.

Shawn Clark emotional in interview after Appalachian State upset win

Last weekend, Appalachian State gave us one of the best games of the week. This week, they gave us one of the biggest upsets.

Appalachian State upset Texas A&M 17-14 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on Saturday. The win came a week after the Mountaineers nearly beat North Carolina in a thrilling 63-61 defeat.

Quarterback Chase Brice threw for 135 yards and a touchdown, while Camerun Peoples ran for 112 yards.

Shawn Clark, who is in his third full season as Appalachian State’s head coach, was extremely emotional during his postgame interview.

“We came into College Station and beat the No. 6 team in the country. How cool is that?” the 47-year-old head coach said on ESPN after the win.

“I wish my wife and kids were here. My little son, Braxton. It’s unbelievable.

“I love this program. This means everything to me.”

Clark took over Appalachian State for their bowl game in the 2019 season. He has gone 21-8 as head coach, including this big win over a team some thought would contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff. That’s pretty darn good.

Video: North Carolina absolutely demolished App State on onside kick

North Carolina may have made a mental error on an onside kick recovery against Appalachian State on Saturday, but their physical execution could not have been any better.

App State attempted an onside kick with 31 seconds left after blowing a major opportunity to take the lead on a 2-point conversion attempt down 56-55.

UNC recovered the kick and returned it for a touchdown rather than fall down so they could run out the clock. In order to recover the kick, the Tar Heels’ special teams unit cleared the deck by taking out players on App State’s recovery unit. Take a look:

That was a thing of beauty.

They knocked down three players and blocked a fourth out of the way. That all opened things up for Bryson Nesbit to make an easy catch and return the kickoff for a touchdown.

Holliday should have just gone down rather than give the ball back to App State. But, man, that was some beautiful execution up front!

Appalachian State blows upset on heartbreaking 2-point conversion miss

Appalachian State had a golden chance to upset North Carolina on Saturday, but they blew it on some missed 2-point conversions, including one really bad miss.

The Mountaineers were down 56-49 with under three minutes left. They drove 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 56-55 with 31 seconds left.

App State decided to go for 2 to try and take the lead. They drew up a perfect play and had a man wide open, but the ball sailed over the head of Dashaun Davis for an incompletion.

That was heartbreaking.

But the game didn’t end there. App State decided to attempt an onside kick, which North Carolina recovered. Instead of falling on the ball to end the game, UNC returned the onside kick recovery for a touchdown. Though that extended their lead to 63-55, it still gave App State the ball back. The Mountaineers scored a touchdown with 9 seconds left to make it 63-61, and went for 2 again.

Unfortunately for App State, Chase Brice was stopped short of the goal to help North Carolina maintain the lead.

Appalachian State tried yet another onside kick, but they were called for a penalty for having two players wearing the same jersey number (No. 9), giving the game to North Carolina.

What a wild ride, and what a missed opportunity for the Mountaineers.

Appalachian St. QB Zac Thomas taken to hospital as precaution

Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas was taken to the hospital as a precaution following a hit he took in the Mountaineers’ 17-13 win over Georgia State on Saturday.

Thomas went 16/22 for 146 yards, a touchdown and interception. He also had 11 attempts for 36 yards. But Thomas was hit late on a rush in the fourth quarter and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Jacob Huesman took over at quarterback.

Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark said after the game that Thomas had feeling in all his extremities and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

Thomas is a senior and entered the game with 1,139 passing yards and 11 passing touchdowns on the season. He also entered with 239 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The Mountaineers are 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.