With my Mountaineers coming off a big win in College Station and beating the #6 Texas A&M Aggies the week prior, which is why GameDay was even in Boone, the excitement levels were just at an all-time high in the high country.
Anywho, that whole GameDay experience was incredible, and not something any App State fan will soon forget.
But we also had a game later that afternoon, against the Troy Trojans in what was our Sun Belt Conference opener.
And by the grace of the good Lord above, we managed to pulled out a 32-28 victory… in absolutely heart-pounding fashion.
It came down to the last two seconds of the game on fourth-and-ten, as we were trailing 28-26 from our own 47-yard line, leaving no other options left but to throw up a Hail Mary and pray for the best (and believe you me, I was).
And on an absolutely incredibly well-executed play by the entire offense, quarterback Chase Brice threw the ball up to the end zone, where it got deflected and caught by Christan Horn at the 7-yard line. It was a play head coach Shawn Clark later confirmed happened exactly the way they drew it up and had practiced many times before.
With some perfect blocking by Kaedin Robinson, Christan ran it into the end zone and we won the game by a score of 32-28.
It took about 10 years off my life, and I think Luke’s tweet sums it up best… though even these words still fall short of articulating what this moment was really like to experience in person:
And actually, a few fans did experience minor injuries as a result of the field-rushing, so it’s cool to see Chase doing what he could to help everyone stay safe. He could’ve easily run the other direction to go celebrate with his teammates, which he eventually did, make no mistake about that.
But no amount of money, even in conferences like the SEC and BIG 12, for example, can buy character and class like that.
As cheesy as it is, win, lose or draw, it always just comes down to being a good person and doing the right thing.
Ya gotta freaking love college football, right?
And if you want to hear something really cool, check out the App State radio call by Adam Witten and Brandon Turner, because this is literally the best depiction of every single one of us during that moment yesterday:
I’m still processing everything that I experienced yesterday, and words still fall short, but no matter what.. it’s always great to be a Mountaineer.