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The Mountaineers, who are a sneaky, extremely dangerous team to watch out of the Sun Belt, marched into College Station and took down the Aggies. It was a dogfight from start to finish and ended in upset.
Not only did App State win the game, but the school got paid a lot of money to do so.
Out-of-conference “buy games” are extremely common in the SEC and Power Five conferences. High-profile, big name schools pay smaller programs a lot of money to come in and (usually) get beat.
For the bigger schools, it gives them a should-be win to add to their total. It helps them get to bowl eligibility.
For the smaller schools, it gives them a big boost to their operating budget. Some, if not most, of the “buy game” payouts are the programs’ biggest source of revenue.
In this case, it totally backfired on Texas A&M, who paid the ‘Neers $1.5 million to beat them at home.
As soon as the clock hit zero, absolute scenes proceeded to unfold in Boone, North Carolina.
The students, most of whom did not travel to Texas, flooded King Street— the main road in the city.
It was utter mayhem and well-deserved. What a rush!
After the initial party in the streets had died down, it moved locations. The Mountaineers took the party to the Duck Pond.
And it didn’t stop there. The students returned to the streets and continued the celebration.
This right here is everything that is great about college football. A Sun Belt school with just over 18,000 students took down an SEC school with the second-largest student body in the nation and proceeded to party all throughout the night.