I didn't see the game. I think very few people across the country did. It was supposed to be a blowout. A tune-up for Michigan before it began its conquest of the Big Ten.
People in Ann Arbor were talking not only about winning the Big Ten this year, but also about finally knocking off Ohio State after years of losses. The plan was getting into the Bowl Championship Series with a shot at the national title game. The Wolverines were ranked in the Top 5 in every poll. Huge, fast and with a lot of returning players from last years team, Michigan looked like a dreadnought. On paper, at least.
But when the Mountaineers' Corey Lynch blocked the Michigan attempt at a game-winning field goal with six seconds left in the game, 109, 218 fans (minus a few ASU boosters) were stunned beyond belief.
David had beaten Goliath. In Goliath's living room. With Goliath's friends and family standing around watching.
Little Appalachian State University, from Boone, North Carolina was a 33 point underdog coming in. ASU has many fewer scholarship players than does Michigan. The team's football budget is only about a quarter of Michigan's. Michigan has 10 high school All-Americans on its squad. ASU....nada. Michigan's lines outweighed the Mountaineers by an average of 25 pounds per man.
Appalachian State was the Division 1-AA champ last year, so obviously they aren't the Sisters of Charity third grade All-Stars. But this was just supposed to be a "take your beating and pick up your paycheck" for the Mountaineers program. A payday.
Instead, the game turned into possibly the biggest upset ever between two supposedly mismatched teams in the history of college football. I can't remember a bigger one.
But I did enjoy Corey Lynch's post-game quote. "Doing the unthinkable is hard to grasp."
What he said.