Appalachian State pulls off upset over No. 6 Texas A&M

It was fifteen years in the past when Appalachian State shocked the school soccer world with a memorable victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Mountaineers took down one other powerhouse program in their very own home on Saturday. 

Chase Brice threw for 134 yards and a landing and Appalachian State took benefit of two turnovers to stun No. 6 Texas A&M 17-14.

Appalachian State received every week after scoring six touchdowns and 40 factors within the fourth quarter in a 63-61 opening loss to North Carolina.

Appalachian State (1-1) settled for a 29-yard area aim by Michael Hughes to take a 17-14 lead with about eight minutes left after Christian Wells was vast open however dropped a landing cross on third down.

The Aggies (1-1) had an opportunity to tie it with about 3 1/2 minutes to go, however a 47-yard area aim try by Caden Davis was quick.

Camerun Peoples, who completed with 112 yards speeding, had a 1-yard run on third down on the subsequent possession to maintain Appalachian State’s drive going. He then dashed 48 yards to the 12 on the subsequent play and the Mountaineers ran out the clock.

It’s Appalachian State’s first win over a staff within the AP High 25 as an FBS staff after dropping in additional time to No. 9 Tennessee in 2016 and dropping an OT sport to No. 9 Penn State in 2018.

The Mountaineers stored A&M’s offense in examine every week after coach Shawn Clark was left on the lookout for methods to repair his protection after the 63-point outburst by North Carolina.

Devon Achane ran for a landing within the first half and returned a kickoff for a rating within the third, however the Aggies had bother getting a lot else happening a mistake-filled day.

The Mountaineers outgained A&M 305-186 and had 22 first downs to only 9 by the Aggies. They managed time of possession, too, holding a 41:29 to 18:31 benefit in that space.

The Aggies have been driving within the third quarter when Dexter Lawson Jr. compelled a fumble by Evan Stewart after a 13-yard reception and it was recovered by Nick Hampton.

The Mountaineers took a 14-7 lead when Henry Pearson grabbed a 9-yard TD reception from Brice with about 2 1/2 minutes left within the third.

The lead was short-lived as Achane returned the following kickoff 95 yards for a landing seconds later. Achane, who’s a sprinter on Texas A&M’s monitor staff, juked a defender earlier than shedding a would-be tackler and racing downfield for the rating to tie it at 14-all.

Haynes King was sacked by DeAndre Dingle-Prince and fumbled late within the first quarter. Texas A&M lineman Layden Robinson recovered the ball, however he additionally fumbled and this time Appalachian State recovered it.

They cashed in on the error when Ahmani Marshall scored on a 4-yard landing run that made it 7-0 early within the second quarter.

The Aggies tied it up when Achane dashed 26 yards for a landing on the subsequent drive.

King completed the sport with simply 97 yards passing. It is simply the third time that an SEC staff ranked within the AP High 10 misplaced to an unranked college from a non-power convention since 2000. 

As for Appalachian State, it is not the one staff from the Solar Belt to drag off a serious upset on the highway on Saturday. Roughly an hour earlier, Marshall accomplished its stunner of No. 8 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, successful 26-21. 

Appalachian State strikes to 1-1 on the 12 months after dropping its season-opener to UNC in a high-scoring affair. It appears to be like to hold the momentum when it begins convention play in opposition to Troy subsequent week.

Texas A&M drops to 1-1 on the 12 months. It hosts No. 16 Miami earlier than starting SEC play every week later. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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