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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Appalachian State Upsets #5 Michigan

By David

Appalachian state entered Saturday's game against Michigan as the number one ranked team in Division I-AA and the favorites to win the Football Championship Subdivision. Couple that with a 15 game win streak(longest in the nation) and the fact that the Wolverines had lost two straight games and they were still a major underdog.

The Mountaineers didn't let skepticism get in their way as they entered the Big House and took complete control of the game from start to finish en route to a 34-32 victory. After a go ahead 24-yard field goal from Julian Rauch with 26 seconds remaining, Corey Lynch blocked a 37-yard attempt as time ran out to cement what it being called the biggest upset in College Football history.

For head coach Lloyd Carr and seniors Mike Hart, Chad Henne and Jake Long to suffer their first lose so early in the season, it all but eliminates their National Championship aspirations and most likely their run at a Big Ten title. If the Wolverines can't defeat a small football program from Boone, North Carolina, how can they compete with powerhouses such as Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State?


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