Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard subject aim as time expired and Appalachian State knocked off 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina 30-27 on Wednesday night time.
Chase Brice threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, and Malik Williams had a monster sport with 10 catches for 206 yards and a landing in entrance of a capability crowd of 31,061 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Camerun Peoples ran for 2 touchdowns for the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-1 Solar Belt). The have by no means misplaced to the Chanticleers at dwelling.
The Mountaineers moved into the motive force’s seat within the convention’s East division and will forestall Coastal Carolina (6-1, 2-1) from reaching the championship sport.
Grayson McCall threw for 291 yards and one landing for Coastal Carolina. It had a 11-game Solar Belt successful streak snapped.
Coastal Carolina got here in averaging 48.8 factors, however the Chanticleers have been outgained 575 to 376 and the offense struggled to guard McCall within the second half.
Appalachian State’s protection compelled three Coastal Carolina punts within the fourth quarter, organising Brice and the offense with nice subject place on the Mountaineers 38 for his or her remaining drive. From there, Brice went to Williams on consecutive throws of 19 and 16 yards to succeed in subject aim vary.
Appalachian State was cautious to not rating a landing within the closing seconds to forestall Coastal Carolina from getting the ball once more with Peoples even happening on a knee on the finish of 1 run as an alternative of crossing the aim line. The Mountaineers ran the clock down to three seconds earlier than Staton took the sphere for the winner.
It appeared as if Coastal Carolina was going to run away with it early on.
The Chanticleers took a 14-0 lead when McCall faked as if he was going to run on a 3rd and 4 play drawing the linebackers in, solely to dump a go over the center to a large open Kameron Brown, who raced 74 yards for a landing.
However the Mountaineers battled again behind tremendous senior vast Williams, who snared two lengthy passes to arrange App State’s first rating, then hauled in a 47-yard landing reception to tie the sport after a profitable onside kick.
Mason Biscardi added subject objectives of fifty and 46 yards to offer the Chanticleers a 20-14 lead at halftime, however Appalachian State would battled again to tie it at 27 late within the third quarter on a 43-yard TD run round proper finish by Peoples.
App State was driving for the go-ahead rating halfway by the fourth quarter when Daetrich Harrington could not get the grip on a handoff and fumbled the ball away on the Coastal Carolina 7-yard line. However the protection held and gave the offense one other likelihood to win it.
Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers’ offense failed them within the second half as they have been restricted to simply seven factors. The protection may by no means get its rhythm after Chanticleers jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Appalachian State: It is an upset. It is what the Mountaineers do. Brice performed almost a flawless sport, finishing 18 of 28 passes and the protection got here up with large stops within the fourth quarter.
The loss offers skeptics extra credence that Coastal Carolina had performed a weak schedule and was overrated within the polls. This one may drop them down fairly just a few spots, but it surely appears unlikely they may fall all the way in which out of the Prime 25.
Coastal Carolina: Return dwelling to face Troy in one other mid-week night time sport Oct. 28.
Appalachian State: Host Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 30.