App State stuns Troy on miracle last-second tipped Hail Mary pass

App State stuns Troy on miracle last-second tipped Hail Mary pass

Published September 18, 2022
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App State was the top scene in college football this Saturday after upsetting Texas A&M last week and hosting ESPN’s College GameDay.

And it looked like Troy was going to upset the festivities with a win in Boone. That is, until the Mountaineers came through with a miracle in the waning seconds.

App State quarterback Chase Brice connected with Christian Horn on a tipped 53-yard pass on the final play of the game to hand the Mountaineers a surprise 32-28 win over Troy.

Brice stepped up in the pocket, moved left, and launched the pass as far as he could. Horn brought it down on a tip at the 6-yard line and ran to the right pylon away from the tacklers, sending the home crowd into a fit.

The crowd stormed the field after the game-winning play to cap off a fun day of football for the home team and what should be an even more fun night.

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Some late game mismanagement by Troy helped set up the score. It took an intentional safety on 4th and 1 from its 11-yard line to make the game 28-26 with just 25 seconds left.

Troy coach Jon Sumrall then ordered a squib kick that was brought back 13 yards to the App State 47-yard line. 

Brice threw three straight incomplete passes before throwing the game-winner to cap off a day that the Mountaineer faithful won’t soon forget.

App State moved to 2-1 on the year and it’s 1-0 in the Sun Belt, setting up a potential appearance in next week’s AP top 25 rankings.

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