There’s no better way to welcome back college football than to remind ourselves of its absurdity.
Nine years ago Thursday, FCS power Appalachian State shocked No. 5 Michigan, 34-32. The Mountaineers were a 35-point underdog.
App State took a 28-17 lead to halftime and was up six in the fourth before Mike Hart’s 54-yard run with 4:36 left put the Wolverines ahead for the first time since early in the second quarter.
Julian Rauch kicked a 24-yard field goal to give the Mountaineers a 34-32 lead with 26 seconds left. Corey Lynch then blocked a 37-yard attempt on the final play to seal the first-ever win for an FCS team over a ranked opponent.
Here are the full game highlights.
Here are the condensed highlights.
And here’s the last play of the game.
App State finished the season 13-2 and won its third straight FCS national title. Michigan rebounded to finish 9-4 and No. 18 in the AP Poll.