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2nd-tier Appalachian State stuns No. 5 Michigan 34-32

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

September 1, 2007

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- What was supposed to be a tuneup turned into a stunner: Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32.

Julian Rauch's 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left put the Mountaineers ahead of the Wolverines and Corey Lynch's blocked field goal in the final seconds sealed one of college football's biggest upsets.

The two-time defending champions from former Division I-AA were ahead of the nation's winningest program 28-14 late in the second quarter, then their storybook afternoon seemed to unravel late in the fourth quarter.

Mike Hart's 54-yard run put the Wolverines ahead -- for the first time since early in the second quarter -- with 4:36 left.

One snap after the go-ahead touchdown, Brandent Englemon intercepted an errant pass, but the Wolverines couldn't capitalize and had their first of two field goals blocked.

Appalachian State drove 69 yards without a timeout in 1:11 to set up the go-ahead kick, but it still wasn't over.

Chad Henne threw a 46-yard pass to Mario Manningham, giving Michigan the ball at Appalachian State's 20 with 6 seconds left.

Lynch blocked the kick and returned it to the other end of the field as the final seconds ticked off, and his teammates rushed across the field to pile on Lynch as the coaching staff and cheerleaders jumped with joy.

Appalachian State has won 15 straight games, the longest streak in the nation.

The Mountaineers are favored to win the Football Championship Subdivision -- formerly known as Division I-AA -- but they weren't expected to put up much of a fight against a team picked to win the Big Ten and contend for the national title.

Alas, that's the beauty of college football.

No Division I-AA team had beaten a team ranked in The Associated Press poll from 1989-2006, and it's unlikely that it happened after Division-I subdivisions were created in 1978.

Appalachian State's win does seem to pass the one second-tier programs used to regard as their crowning achievement -- The Citadel's season-opening win in 1992 over Arkansas that led to the firing of Razorbacks coach Jack Crowe following the game.

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will not get fired after this upset, but he might've wished he retired after last season when the Wolverines won 11 games and played in the Rose Bowl.

Carr will likely second-guess a lot from the game, and the practices that led to it, and might regret going for 2-point conversions twice in the final 15-plus minutes.

After Appalachian State went ahead 31-20, Hart scored with 24 seconds left in the third quarter and the 2-point conversion failed as Carr tried to pull within a field goal. Following Hart's late TD that put Michigan ahead by one, Carr couldn't justify kicking the extra point and backup running back Brandon Minor stumbled to the turf.

The Mountaineers improved to 7-36-1 against top-tier teams since 1978, beating a team other than Wake Forest in such matchups for the first time.

Since beating Wake Forest in 2000, they had been respectable against strong programs, trailing LSU and JaMarcus Russell by two touchdowns entering the fourth quarter before losing 24-0 in 2005 and leading Auburn late in the third before losing by a TD in 1999.

But Appalachian State proved it belonged from start to finish, making up for a slight size disadvantage with more speed.

Quarterback Armanti Edwards threw for 227 yards, three scores and two interceptions while he kept Michigan guessing with enough skills running to have 62 yards rushing. Dexter Jackson caught three passes for 92 yards, and scored twice, including a 68-yard reception that tied the game early and provided a glimpse of what was coming over the next three hours.

Hart, who went almost two quarters without a carry because of an injury, ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Henne was 19-of-37 for 233 yards in a lackluster game that included a TD and an interception in Mountaineer territory.

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Lloyd Carr was already rumored to be in his last year this year with retirement. I gaurantee you after today he is on thin ice, even if they win out the rest of the season. Expectations are too high for many who thought nothing less than a national championship was gonna do for this club. If they lose to Ohio State this year, he's as good as gone.

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looks like my current employer is going to lose this game.

Funny. GOB is at the game. That alone should have told you what lie ahead for Michigan. Everytime he goes to a Tigers or Jets game they lose.

funny. in 3 years of going to every game, i never saw them lose at home. i had tix to today's game but had to come back early for work. so, if i had gone would they have won or would my streak have been broken?? :confused:

ps: i blame GOB.

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funny. in 3 years of going to every game, i never saw them lose at home. i had tix to today's game but had to come back early for work. so, if i had gone would they have won or would my streak have been broken?? :confused:

ps: i blame GOB.

yeah...im amazed the tigers were even able to get to the world series last year considering me and him went to games 3 and 4 of the ALCS. :)

Johnny, are you a UofM alum?

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Where's 124?

No more Rutgers ****talk huh?

Hey dude, I'm right here today. Just had a long, long night of drinking after that game. I rolled home at 6:15, slept a few hours, took a shower and here I am.

I told you, never lay your faith on Chad ****in' Henne.

Congrats on RU beating Buffalo 38-3. Can't wait for the Louisville game.

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Hey dude, I'm right here today. Just had a long, long night of drinking after that game. I rolled home at 6:15, slept a few hours, took a shower and here I am.

I told you, never lay your faith on Chad ****in' Henne.

Congrats on RU beating Buffalo 38-3. Can't wait for the Louisville game.

Okay, but they beat their cakewalk team, which Mich couldn't do.

Can't wait for the Ohio State game.

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Okay, but they beat their cakewalk team, which Mich couldn't do.

Can't wait for the Ohio State game.

App. State > Buffalo.

I'm just sayin'.;)

Yeah, me either. Henne gets to lead us to a career 0-4 mark vs. Ohio State.

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App. State > Buffalo.

I'm just sayin'.;)

Yeah, me either. Henne gets to lead us to a career 0-4 mark vs. Ohio State.

Boeckman v.s. Henne

Hart v.s. Wells

Arrington/Manningham v.s. Robiskie

Crable v.s. Laurinitas

Jenkins v.s. #14 for Michigan (forgot the name)

Should be fun.

41-0 Ohio State

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Exactly!

Who cares if App is better than buffalo. RU won, Meatchicken lost.

"Meatchicken"?

You're better than that Jetconvict.:P

BTW, who cares if App is better than Buffalo? Okay then, who cares if App State is worse than Wisconsin, we lost to a team. Doesn't matter who they are, then its just a loss with that argument.

App State would run circles all over Rutgers.

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You never heard of Meatchicken, 124?

I guess you dont know what you dont know.

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Wolverines insist they still have high hopes after losing opener to Appalachian State

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

September 2, 2007

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Time to regroup for Michigan -- if that's possible.

A day after a stunning 34-32 loss to Appalachian State, the Wolverines tried to look ahead to the rest of the season, one which could include winning the Big Ten title and playing in the Rose Bowl.

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"It's kind of an eye-opener, and it's best that it happened early and not late," linebacker Shawn Crable said of the season-opening defeat.

While the loss ranks as one of the biggest upsets in college football history, it came against a nonconference opponent. The No. 5 ranking will be gone when the AP poll is released Tuesday, but Michigan can still rebound and end up in Pasadena on Jan. 1.

"When you have disappointment, you can lay down and feel sorry for yourself," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "But in our case, this schedule is about to get tougher. We will see how we respond."

Michigan attempts to restart its season Saturday at home against Oregon, followed by a visit from Notre Dame before the Big Ten opener against Penn State.

"Our team has to become mentally tough," said defensive captain Crable. "We have goals, and we still have a chance to reach them."

Michigan has not fared well recently when it comes to finishing strong. The Wolverines have lost three straight to Ohio Stare in the regular-season finale, and have dropped four bowl games in a row. Now, they are feeling the heat after becoming the first Top 25 team to lose to a team from the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA.

"I wouldn't call it embarrassing because that takes away from them," running back Mike Hart said after the game. "We're disappointed. I can tell you that."

It didn't take long to notice the Mountaineers belonged on the same field with Michigan because they made up for a slight size disadvantage with superior speed and, perhaps, more passion.

The two-time defending I-AA champions were ahead of the nation's winningest program 28-14 late in the second quarter before Michigan nearly pulled out Saturday's game.

Hart's 54-yard run with 4:36 left put the Wolverines ahead for the first time since early in the second quarter. One snap after the go-ahead touchdown, Michigan's Brandent Englemon intercepted an errant pass, but the Wolverines couldn't capitalize and had their first of two field goals blocked.

"We simply made too many mistakes and had too many missed opportunities," Carr said. "Now, we have to fight back and we have deal with some adversity to find out what we're made of."

Appalachian State showed what it was made of, driving 69 yards without a timeout in 1:11 to set up the go-ahead field goal, and by blocking another field goal in the finals seconds.

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"Meatchicken"?

You're better than that Jetconvict.:P

BTW, who cares if App is better than Buffalo? Okay then, who cares if App State is worse than Wisconsin, we lost to a team. Doesn't matter who they are, then its just a loss with that argument.

App State would run circles all over Rutgers.

I'm all for giving credit to the opposition, but you're wrong here. Rutgers' coaching staff, which has taken a team from the depths of the college football world to # 16 in the preseason polls, would know not to take any team for granted. Coach Schiano would make sure that the team realized this, having lost to D-1AA teams in the past.

Lloyd Carr simply did not have his players ready to play, and there's no excuse for it. And trust me when I say that I think Appalachian State is a VERY good 1-AA team that easily could be in I-A.

And it DOES matter that Michigan lost to App State, not just "some team". NO 1-AA team has EVER done this before. It is a historic, unprecedented achievement. This wasn't just "another loss". And you better believe the polls will reflect that. Don't be surprised to see Michigan fall out of the top 20, or possibly even the top 25. Their national title hopes are one loss away from being DEAD, if they aren't dead already. Don't even attempt to sugarcoat the situation.

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I hope Michigan wins the rest of their games just so this loss hurts more when the get shutout of the BCS title game. :P

That win by App State is what makes a program.

You won't be seeing the big schools (Except maybe the SEC teams) looking to add them to their schedules anytime soon.

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