Applachian State Hail Mary

It’s Appalachian State’s world, we’re all just watching college football in it. The same day that the school hosted ESPN’s College GameDay, they completed an astounding comeback with a Hail Mary touchdown to defeat the Troy Trojans and continue their magician season.

Troy was all set to pull off the huge upset and ruin App State’s big weekend as they clung to a 28-24 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the game. Stuck deep in their own territory, instead of punting, Troy decided to take an intentional safety, much to the surprise of just about everyone watching at home.

With the score now 28-26, Troy kicked to App State, who could now try to set up a field goal to win the game. However, that didn’t work and the Mountaineers were left with a Hail Mary play as time expired as their only chance. And in keeping with the wildness of their season so far, they completed the pass and won the dang game.

It’s perhaps even better with the home radio call by Adam Witten.

It’s a storybook ending on a day when the entire college football world was watching Boone, North Carolina. That it also comes one week after their epic upset of Texas A&M in College Station just makes the whole thing so much sweeter for the Sun Belt school.

Of course, the reactions from around the college football world were off the charts.

What wonders await App State and the college football world next?


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to