A&T upsets App State, 24-21
N.C. A&T State University | 9/12/2013, 5:28 p.m.
BOONE – No spring practice? No problem.
North Carolina A&T got tremendous help from its special teams,
and a defense that was ranked second in Division I-FCS last
season didn’t look as if it had lost its bite as the Aggies
upset No. 21 Appalachian State 24-21 at Kidd Brewer Stadium
It was the Aggies’ (1-0) first win ever at Kidd Brewer
Stadium. It was also the Aggies first win over a ranked
opponent since they beat No. 13 Bethune-Cookman 13-7 on Nov.
1, 2003 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Aggies beat a non-HBCU for
the first time since beating Elon 19-17 on Sept. 25, 2004.
“I’m especially proud of our coaching staff,” said A&T head
coach Rod Broadway. “Their preparation of getting our guys
ready to play… especially considering we didn’t have spring
ball… to come up here and play against a program like App
State and win is a miracle to me.”
A&T held a 24-6 lead with less than nine minutes to play in
the game. But the Mountaineers (0-2) put together an 11-play
drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown reception by Barrett
Burns. Despite the score, the Aggies looked poised to put the
game away with three minutes to play. They stopped ASU on
fourth down and took over the ball at the ASU 14. A&T ran four
plays for five yards, deciding to go for it on fourth down
instead of kicking a field goal.
ASU responded by using its hurry-up offense to score in 90
seconds as a 9-yard Marcus Cox touchdown pass cut the Aggies
lead to three with 24 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers
recovered the ensuing onside kick to put an even bigger scare
in the Aggie faithful.
“We’ve got to get better,” said Broadway. “We should have had
the game a lot earlier. We gave up too many drives there at
the end. We’ve got to get some things corrected, especially
clock management right there at the end.”
ASU drove the ball to the Aggies’ 30 before a 46-yard attempt
from Drew Stewart with four seconds remaining went wide left,
giving the Aggies their first non-conference road win in four
“As you walk around this place, they’ve won three national
championships in eight years, they’ve won seven out of the
last eight conference championships. For us and our program to
win the game is big and hopefully this will be the start of
something good. But the bottom line is, it’s still just one