In the wake of the major upset at Texas A&M, Appalachian State looked like it was going back to Earth with a disappointing home loss to Troy.
But then something extraordinary happened.
With two seconds left in regulation and his team trailing 28-26 from his 47-yard streak, Chase Price lifted Hail Mary into the finish zone. The ball didn’t even hit the goal line but veered into Christian Horn’s arms at the 7-yard line.
Horn then grabbed a block and ran into the finish zone to give the Mountaineers a ruthless 32-28 victory with no time left on the clock.
Troy was leading 28-24 for most of the fourth quarter and tried to hold on to the dear life. The Trojans seemed to have wrapped up the win when they got a fourth stop and a goal from the 2-yard line with 1:13 to play.
From there, all Troy had to do was run out of the clock. But this would be deceptive if it was backed deep within its territory. The App State only had one timeout left, so Troy was able to drain most of the time.
The Trojans had a fourth and a 6 out of 11 with 25 seconds left. Rather than take a risk with a gambler, Troy instead made a safety decision in a slightly odd way.
This safety made it 28-26 with the ball returning to the Appalachian State with the subsequent kick. The Mountaineers returned the kick 47 times and had 11 seconds to try to get into the goal range.
After three consecutive incompletes, the App State’s only option was Hail Mary. Miraculously, the prayers of the mountaineers were answered via Bryce’s call to Horn.
With the win, App State is 2-1 of the year in three exciting matches. The opening game was a wild 63-61 loss to North Carolina. Last week, the beast was upset with Texas A&M University, which was then ranked sixth in the country.
And then on Saturday, with ESPN’s “College GameDay” in town, the Mountaineers found a way to win again.
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