Coastal Carolina will not go undefeated for a second straight regular season.
The No.14 Chanticleers lost 30-27 to Appalachian State on Wednesday night. The victory is App State‘s second on a ranked team in program history. The first came in one of the most famous upheavals in college football history when App State – then an FCS team – beat Michigan 34-32 in 2007 after blocking a winning field goal attempt.
Kicker Chandler Staton posted a 24-yard field goal late on Wednesday night to beat the Chanticleers. Appalachian State (5-2) recovered the ball from Coastal with 3:53 to go and was able to slow the clock as he moved across the field. The winning run made up for a red zone fumble on App State’s previous possession. The Mountaineers were looking for a go-ahead score with less than seven minutes to go, but a failed transfer returned the ball to Coastal.
Coastal Carolina (6-1) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. But App State tied the game in less than a minute in the second quarter. Camerun Peoples scored a one-yard TD early in the quarter and 42 seconds later Chase Brice hit Malik Williams for a 47-yard TD that tied the game at 14-14.
That TD pass was established by a magnificent in-play kick from Staton, who tied the school’s record for career field goals with his winning kick.
Brice finished the game 18 of 28 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns while the Mountaineers ran 41 times for 228 yards.
Coastal’s offensive was not as productive. Appalachian State interrupted the CCU running game as the Chanticleers had just 55 yards on 29 carries. Quarterback Grayson McCall had 15 of 23 passes for 291 yards and one score, but the lack of a rushed offense hurt the Chanticleers in the second half.
App State now also has the tiebreaker over Coastal Carolina for the Sun Belt East Division title. The two teams are tied with Troy at 2-1 at the top of the East. Troy has yet to play in both Appalachian State and Coastal.