Saturday’s game between App State and Troy was in the national spotlight for multiple reasons and it resulted in a wild scene. The day started with College GameDay and ended with people in the hospital.
Prior to last weekend, ESPN had plans to set up its GameDay desk at the game between Texas A&M and Miami. However, after the former lost to the Mountaineers in upset fashion and students partied all over Boone, it switched up its plans and took the opportunity to travel to North Carolina.
As a result, the entire city sold out of cardboard, markers and sign-making materials. Students even camped out overnight to be first in line.
On Saturday morning, it was a madhouse. Boone showed up and showed out.
If the morning at App State wasn’t crazy enough, the game itself was downright bonkers.
App State and Troy traded blows back and forth until the visitors took a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter. The Trojans had a 99.99% chance of winning with 1:13 left in the game.
What happened next was magic on the mountain. On the final play of the game, quarterback Chase Brice chucked up a 53-yard Hail Mary that was tipped around at the 5-yard-line. It landed in the outstretched arms of a Mountaineers receiver, who ran it in for six and the win.
As soon as the touchdown was scored, the students and fans poured onto the field to celebrate.
It was complete and utter mayhem in the best way possible.
Amidst the field storm, a group of App State fans were caught in the chaos. Multiple patients were transported to the nearest hospital with injuries.
Fortunately, their injuries were not life-threatening.
Saturday, September 17, 2022 is a day that will never be forgotten amongst college football fans— especially those in Boone. And especially those who will have some expensive hospital bills. Though, they probably think they were worth it.
Overall, it was a special way to showcase what is no longer the best kept secret in college football.