That you watched North Carolina63 to 61 win Appalachian State Saturday, follow the action on social media or learn of the madness after the fact, one thing is certain: the world of college football is not about to forget this game.
In case you missed it, the teams combined for 124 points and 1,216 total yards. There were 68 total first downs and 62 fourth quarter points. A record crowd of 40,168 watched the fireworks at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina
After the dust settled, Tar Heels players and coaches expressed a mixture of euphoria and relief. After all, the Mountaineers scored 40 points in the fourth quarter and still fell short.
UNC led 41-21 after three quarters, and in turn, some App State fans decided to quit the game early (and may regret it after what followed). But it wasn’t until the closing seconds, after UNC pulled off a two-point conversion that would have tied the game, that the Tar Heels were able to expire.
“We had the game way out of reach, and we just didn’t put it away,” UNC coach Mack Brown said afterwards. by Ross Martin of Inside Carolina. “We have to put it away.
“We were underdogs,” Brown continued, noting a point spread that favored the Mountaineers by up to three points. “… I’m delighted to win against a very good team on the road… We’re 2-0.”
Brown, a veteran of nearly 400 major college games as a head coach at UNC, Texas and Tulane, then took a figurative step back and put the barn burner into context.
“It was a great game for North Carolina State,” Brown said, by Martin. “Our coaches won’t sleep tonight. They are already watching the video.
UNC redshirt freshman quarterback Drake Maye, who completed 24 of 36 passes for 352 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, said he knew the brave Mountaineers would be ready for the game .
“It was their Super Bowl – and we knew it – but we got the win. How about that win? Maye said, by Josh Graham of WSJS Radio.
Ultimately, Maye probably underestimated the level of chaos and excitement provided by the Tar Heels and Mountaineers.
Said Maye, “It had to be one of the best games in college football this year.”
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