Football: App State upsets 6th-ranked Texas A&M

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Last updated on September 11, 2022 02:55

FINAL: App State upsets 6th-ranked Texas A&M 17-14. App State goes 1-1 on the season and hosts Troy next Saturday.

For the first time since 2007, App State beat a Top 10 team, the last of which was Michigan. Shawn Clark becomes the first App State head coach to defeat two ranked teams, Coastal Carolina when ranked 14th in 2021 and now today’s game.

More stats and a recap of the game coming to WataugaOnline.

Final statistics


By App State Athletics Strategic Communications

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Hello from College Station.

With another signature win, there’s reason to celebrate all the way back to the High Country.

App State scored touchdowns after the two turnovers forced by its defense, Michael Hughes threw a game-winning field goal with 8:05 left and the Mountaineers finished strong to earn a 17-14 win over No. 6 Texas A&M in front. 92,664 fans at Kyle Field on a scorching Saturday afternoon in Texas.

It was App State’s first victory against an AP Top 10 opponent since a 34-32 victory at No. 5 Michigan in 2007, when the Mountaineers were an FCS powerhouse.

App State won four conference titles and six bowl games while delivering the most successful FBS-to-FBS transition in college football history, but Saturday’s result was late for a program known for its giant slaying. In fact, each of the Mountaineers’ last seven games against the Power Five programs has been decided by seven points or less.

Hughes capped a 16-game walk that lasted 9 minutes and 15 seconds with his first career field goal, a 29-yard kick, to give App State (1-1) a 17-14 lead at midfield. fourth quarter. The Aggies (1-1) entered the end zone but missed a 47-yard field goal with 3:43 left.

The Mountaineers offensive line then got to work, setting the stage for a grueling run that included a 48-yard run by the Cameroon Peoples to Texas A&M 12 with 1:36 remaining. From there, quarterback Chase Brice was able to kneel for the win and spark a celebration with App State players and coaches rushing to interact with the large crowd of fans who had traveled through the country to witness more history.

Jalen McLeod forced two fumbles on the same play and recorded a sack to lead a stingy defense, which limited the Aggies to just two plays in App State territory in the first 52 minutes. Texas A&M totaled nine first downs and 186 yards of offense as the Mountaineers possessed the ball for 41:29 of the game’s 60 minutes.

DeAndre Dingle-Prince’s first-half recovery of McLeod’s two-man fumble streak led to Ahmani Marshall’s short touchdown run, and Nick Hampton’s recovery from a forced fumble by Dexter Lawson Jr. set up Chase Brice’s touchdown pass in the third quarter to tight end Henry Pearson.

McLeod recorded 2.0 sacks, contributed to 6.0 tackles for loss by defense, and safety Nick Ross had a team-high seven tackles. Offensively, Peoples finished with 112 yards rushing and Brice threw for 130 yards on an error-free afternoon.

McLeod saved a backpack from quarterback Haynes King, then chased the offensive lineman who picked up the fumble and snatched the ball from him as well. Dingle-Prince recovered the second fumble on the Texas A&M 29-yard line, and Marshall ended a five-play drive with his first App Stat touchdown on a 4-yard run into the end zone.

Texas A&M fought back with a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown, highlighted by a third-and-14 completion for 31 yards at App State 32 and Devon Achane’s 26-yard touchdown. This led to the score being tied at 7, all at half time.

The Mountaineers and Aggies also traded quick touchdowns in the third quarter, as App State chewed 6:22 with an 11-play, 62-yard touchdown after Hampton recovered the forced fumble by Lawson Jr. after a pass ended on along the sideline. A 21-yard pass from Brice to Dashaun Davis, plus Brice’s fourth-and-1 goalie for 6 yards at Texas A&M 13, set up Brice’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Pearson.

Immediately after that, Achane returned the kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown, but App State didn’t let that momentum ruin their bid for a big win.

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