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.
After completing the miraculous Hail Mary, Chase Brice went right over to his fellow students to help them storm the field.
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:
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.
Not only did Appalachian State Univ. upset Texas A&M, who was ranked 6th in the nation, last week, but the win also convinced ESPN to host College GameDay at App State tomorrow, instead of A&M's game tomorrow against Miami, which was the original plan, Rece Davis with ESPN says.
“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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
App State coach Shawn Clark on Zac Thomas: He had feeling in all his extremities and taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.