Coastal Carolina will not go undefeated for a second straight regular season.
The No. 14 Chanticleers lost 30-27 at Appalachian State on Wednesday night. The win is App State’s second over a ranked team in program history. The first came in one of the most famous upsets in college football history when App State — then an FCS team — beat Michigan 34-32 in 2007 after blocking a game-winning field goal attempt.
On Wednesday night, kicker Chandler Staton netted a 24-yard field goal as time ticked down to beat the Chanticleers. Appalachian State (5-2) got the ball back from Coastal with 3:53 left and was able to cut time as he moved down the field. The winning drive helped offset a red-zone fumble on App State’s previous possession. The Mountaineers were riding for a go-ahead scoreline with less than seven minutes to play, but a failed transfer handed the ball back 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. Cameroon Peoples scored a one-yard touchdown early in the quarter and 42 seconds later Chase Brice hit Malik Williams for a 47-yard touchdown that tied the game at 14-14.
That TD pass was set up by a beautiful onside kick from Staton, who tied the school record for career field goals with his game-winning kick.
Brice finished the game 18 of 28 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns while the Mountaineers rushed 41 times for 228 yards.
Coastal’s offense wasn’t as productive. Appalachia State ended CCU’s rush game as the Chanticleers had just 55 yards on 29 carries. QB Grayson McCall was 15 of 23 for 291 yards and a score, but the lack of a rushing 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. Both 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.