Remembering an upset for the ages

ASU's Julian Rauch: I was like, "Oh my god, you've got to be kidding me." But we had blocked one earlier in the game, and my whole thought process was, he's not going to make it.

U-M's Greg Mathews: Something we had watched all week was the player who had blocked the kick. That was something coach [Lloyd] Carr pointed out in the full team meeting room, not just the special-teams meeting.

ASU's Corey Lynch: Coach Moore always had us work on blocking field goals in practice. We'd do it every day. We'd be skinned up because we had artificial turf in our stadium. But we loved it.

ASU's Jerry Moore: I'll bet you Corey blocked 20 kicks during two-a-days. I was worried about us kicking.

ASU's Armanti Edwards: We'd seen Corey Lynch do that almost every day at practice. He was so good at blocking punts and kicks in practice. He'd just run by the ball.

ASU's Corey Lynch: I had blocked a field goal against Furman the previous year, and it was the same exact thing. We said, "Let's just run the Furman block and see if it works again." The outside guy [on the block team] goes to get the attention of the outside man on offense. And if the second man will not look at me for a second, I can squeeze through that gap. I was so fast, I almost overran the field goal block. I kind of had to slow down because I was trying too hard, and it hit me right in the stomach.

U-M's Carlos Brown: I was like, "Un-freaking-believable. Did that really just happen?"

Tim Jamison, Michigan defensive end, 2004-08: I was stunned. The crowd, I think the whole stadium was quiet. In disbelief. Coach Carr always told us, "One day an inferior team is going to beat Michigan -- just pray that you're not here when it happens." He called it.

ASU's Corey Lynch: There were 100,000 people there, but it was silent. It was like the quietest celebration ever. I was so tired I don't think I got off the field for like 20 minutes. I don't think I could have played another play. I haven't been that tired, that exhausted, since that day. All my muscles were cramping up.

U-M's Donovan Warren: It shouldn't have been that close, but they just wanted it more from the get-go.

ASU's Dexter Jackson: I was thinking, "This is almost too good to be true. We really beat Michigan."

ASU's Armanti Edwards: I don't think we realized at the time that we'd go down arguably as the biggest upset in history. But we knew we had just accomplished something major.


The aftermath

What happened after the game was nearly as crazy as what happened on the field. Even Michigan fans didn't know what to do. The Mountaineers flew to Johnson City, Tennessee, and made the hour-plus bus ride back to Boone. Fans had torn down the goalposts at Kidd-Brewer Stadium and deposited them more than a mile away on chancellor Kenneth Peacock's lawn. Jackson appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated the following week, and Appalachian State started receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25. Even a new network got a huge boost off the upset.

ASU's Julian Rauch: A lot of Michigan fans stuck around and wanted to talk and hang out after we did all our interviews. Hundreds of fans. They were very congratulatory. They were more shocked and disappointed in Michigan and excited for us, rather than hating on us. I think they realized how big of a deal it was.

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