Appalachian State shocks Texas A&M, Marshall upsets Notre Dame

Most of us, statistically, don’t live around Boone or Huntington. Most of us don’t live in the hills of western North Carolina or the western edge of West Virginia. Poor most of us.

Did we just spend the back half of our Saturdays madly rushing through the middle of Boone in all the clothes we had to revel in just as Appalachian State finished its upset 17-14 monster some 927 miles away the west at No. 6 Texas A&M? No we do not have. Did we get to cram a sidewalk in Huntington as team buses pulled up after Marshall finished his upset 26-21 monster about 302 miles west at No. 8 Notre Dame? No we do not have.

We are about to experience weeks less than the weeks they are about to experience in Boone and Huntington.

Appalachian State stuns Texas A&M (college football winners and losers)

Shall we sit around Boone and talk about how our utterly adorable program spent 9 minutes and 15 seconds of playing time straddling the third and fourth quarters – 9 minutes and 15 seconds! – using 18 delicious pieces of plays – 18 plays! – to run only 63 meters – only 63 meters! – for the winning basket against haughty and overly rich Texas A&M?

Should we sit around Huntington and talk about how our team spent 5 minutes and 16 seconds of Notre Dame’s field time in the fourth quarter using 11 luscious plays to go 94 yards – 94 yards! – for the decisive touchdown against haughty and too rich Notre-Dame? Are we going to watch a video of 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back Steven Gilmore living out the dreamiest dream as he takes his pick six 37 yards to land, his gorgeous hair billowing in the wind behind his helmet?

Most of us won’t be anywhere near Shawn Clark, the 47-year-old coach of the long-proud Appalachian State program, who himself played on the offensive line for the 1994 Mountaineers. in 1998, and who cried on the field in College Station, then sit back and compare the 17-14 to the famous 34-32 upset at Michigan in 2007.

“Michigan was number five, right?” He said. “And this (Texas A&M) is number six. So to beat the number six ranked team in the country—these are two different programs, we don’t recruit at the same level, we don’t have what they have—but we have a lot of heart.

Oh, to sit around Boone and cry again at that string of words.

Most of us won’t be anywhere near Charles Huff, the 39-year-old sophomore Marshall coach, who was able to tell reporters in South Bend: “Internally, we expected that. A phenomenal day for all who invested in it. We’re not going to laugh at his observation that “our kids got locked into the process”, and notice that word “process”, and think, Where have we heard this word before?

Oh, to sit around Huntington and remember that Huff spent two years as Nick Saban’s assistant in Alabama. Or re-read Saturday night’s football program Twitter feed, which spiced up the team’s return to town with updates such as “On the highway !” and, “Directed to the 5th. Moving fast, but not as fast as Steven Gilmore on the pick-6.

Of course, the joy sprinkles the week to come as all the weeks to come. There is happiness in Kentucky, whose victory in Florida revealed a deeply likeable and unmistakably unified team; and at Iowa State, which finally came out of that six-game rut against Iowa; and Georgia Southern, who joined Appalachian State and Marshall in giving the Sun Belt a banner week by winning a tight week in Nebraska, even as everyone wins a close one in Nebraska; and BYU, which pushed Baylor into double overtime in a tough fight.

They’re just not quite Boone or Huntington.

At Boone and Huntington, they’ve long known they’re good and traditional enough to trash other people’s Saturdays.

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Around Boone, the just-past deadless Saturday brought that feeling in the words of defensive back Nick Ross, who told reporters at College Station: ‘I’m bleeding black and gold, the whole team is doing it’ ; or linebacker Nick Hampton, who dragged football slang and said, “We already know who we are, just the team, just showing the world,” because the world seemed edible; or quarterback Chase Brice, saying, “We knew we could hang on.” Around Huntington on the just past deadless Saturday, quarterback Henry Colombi told reporters in South Bend: “We were going to have to score eventually. We’re a pretty strong attack, in my opinion, and we have playmakers all over the pitch. I believed him. We believed it.

Oh, to be in Boone this week and talk about possession time: 41:29 to 6:17! To marvel at how the Mountaineers went from giving up 567 yards to North Carolina in that 63-61 loss in which the loser scored 40 points in the fourth quarter, to giving up 186 to a team allegedly headed to the college football playoffs. To hear again how Appalachia State, with its donors and NIL totals a fraction of A&M’s donors and NIL totals, well, here’s Brice: “The boys wanted it. You could just see it. They didn’t have to say it. …Timeouts or fake injuries, whatever it was, you could just see that we kind of broke it down.

My God, which has made good chatter rare.

Someone around Boone might even drag the Jimbo Fisher tape, in which the $95million coach with a chronic sense of grievance rambled on for more than three minutes, all but reading the game play-by-play to the media. , sharing this pearl towards the end: “Part of it is that we have to leave the field in defense, but you have to keep it in attack when you get it.

It might be fun to parse this gibberish, but that’s not really the point with Boone. The goal might be to smile alongside unjaded offensive tackle Cooper Hodges, who sat down for his interview at College Station and said, “This is the first time I’ve done this. Pretty cool.” The point might be comparing days for a damn good program that’s been working overtime at Tennessee and Penn State for the past few years. “Respect to all those guys,” Hodges said of players who have beat Michigan in 2007, “They were great, but I’m telling you, I’m tired of hearing about Michigan. You know, I want our legacy to be something, the Sun Belt champions, and I want our legacy to be, you know, beating Texas A&M. That’s what we’re fighting for.”

Meanwhile, about 158 ​​miles north in Huntington, they can sit and say a big whoa on that “Sun Belt champions” track, because they too call the 14-team Sun Belt home. They just had their fabulous young coach, Huff, who said, “Marshall history and lore, you know, we show up, we play hard, and those games just aren’t as important to us. [as] to other people” who view them from the outside. So after the bus emptied and fans lined the street, Marshall’s football stream showed Huff in his car, driving, Thumbs up A Deathless Saturday has faded, but ahead of us is a week around town that the rest of us can’t compete with.

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