Saturday, September 01, 2007

App. State

The Appalachian State football team just put Michigan fans into an altered state.

We have just witnessed an historic event - holy cow - Appalachian State beat Michigan 34-32. I was confident that Mich would pull it out there at the end, but holy horrors, Batman, it didn't happen!

On the radio last night the overnight people were saying things like "Well, if Appalacian State can beat Michigan, anything can happen." People who keep track of statistics say that never ever once has a Division IAA team beat a fifth ranked Division I team. Well, maybe once in 1782. Or something. It's also been a long time since M lost a home opener, and Michigan hasn't lost 3 games in a row since Hector was a pup. (OSU, Rose Bowl, and today.)

Once long ago I learned a philosophy that concerned loving your children - that the one you love the most is the one who's farthest away, or the one who's in the most trouble, or the one who is the sickest. We may end the season loving this Michigan football team the most.


Appalachian State's Late FG Upsets Football in Opener

Mike Hart rushed for 188 yards on 23 carries, including a brilliant 54-yard go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State upset the No. 5 U-M football team, 34-32, Saturday, Sept. 1, in Michigan Stadium. The speedy Mountaineers owned a 28-17 halftime lead, but Michigan rebounded, scoring two touchdowns to take a 32-31 lead in the fourth quarter. However, ASU's Julian Rauch hit a 24-yard FG with 26 seconds remaining, and Jason Gingell's 37-yard attempt for U-M was blocked.

After the game, we went down to Cabela's in Dundee to get a map chip for the new Garmin GPS, and had dinner at Lone Star. We're seeing Sniders tomorrow.