ASU's Dexter Jackson: [Teammate] Hans [Batichon] said, "Man, you just scored on Michigan." At that point in time, I knew everybody was going to settle down, get the jitters out and just play how we always played.
After Michigan regained the lead, Appalachian State scored three second-quarter touchdowns to take a 28-14 advantage. The Mountaineers led 28-17 at halftime.
ASU's Corey Lynch: We started blitzing them more and had a couple of sacks. Michigan really loved to run the ball, so we used some eight-man boxes and were just loading up and stopping the run. They didn't really change their game plan up and start passing a lot.
ASU's Julian Rauch: I remember at halftime, the big focus was just to try to keep everybody grounded. We knew they weren't going to just lay down. We knew we were going to get a big punch from them.
U-M's Greg Mathews: I don't think there was ever a point in the game where I was like, "Holy s---, we might lose." I knew we had playmakers, so it was only going to take somebody to get it in their head and be like, all right, time to take things over. I was just concerned that we weren't consistently getting stops on defense.
The scoring slowed in the third quarter, as Michigan's defense stiffened and prevented the Mountaineers from reaching the end zone in the second half. Two rushing touchdowns by Mike Hart, the second one a 54-yarder with 4:36 left, put the Wolverines back up 32-31.
U-M's Donovan Warren: I didn't start that game. But I remember [defensive coordinator Ron] English and [secondary coach Vance] Bedford telling me to get ready, that I was going in, so I ended up starting the second half. I think we held it down a lot better in the second half. Coach English made some adjustments and tightened it up.
ASU's Corey Lynch: It was about 90 degrees that day, and we subbed maybe one guy on defense the whole game. And a lot of our defenders were playing special teams, so we were getting tired. On Mike Hart's run, one of our defenders had him down, no problem. Then he just pulls through and keeps running, jukes and jives all the way to the end zone. It was pretty heartbreaking.
ASU's Julian Rauch: I had mixed emotions, first that this isn't really going to happen, but then that at least we played them really well. Then the third emotion was, "Hey we've still got time to go win."
Edwards threw a potentially crippling interception on the first play of the next drive. But the Mountaineers blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Jason Gingell and got the ball back with 1:37 left. Edwards completed a 24-yard pass to CoCo Hillary for a first down at the Michigan 5. Moore chose to kick the field goal right away, with 21 seconds left on the clock.
ASU's Jerry Moore: That was just to guard against a bad snap.
ASU's Julian Rauch: I've gotten a lot of grief from my teammates and friends because I didn't do much of a celebration. I saw it go through and just did a kind of a fist pump. It didn't really hit me that I'd just kicked the game winner against Michigan.
Still, the Wolverines weren't finished. Henne connected on a 46-yard pass to Manningham, setting up a 46-yard field goal attempt with six seconds to play.
ASU's Corey Lynch: We had a little miscue. Our underneath defenders weren't as deep as they should have been. Stuff that happens in the first game of the year.