Exactly 11 years to the day of its epic upset over Michigan, Appalachian State was extremely close to making more history against a top 10 team once again.
But, ultimately, the storyline turned out to be about Penn State's survival of a colossal upset, as the Nittany Lions were able to escape the wrong side of history with a 45-38 victory in overtime at Happy Valley on Saturday.
Penn State led comfortably 24-10 heading into the fourth quarter, but Appalachian State used the final frame to throw the game upside down, outscoring the Nittany Lions 28-14 — including back-to-back scores just four plays apart thanks to a bold onside kick.
The Mountaineers ten took the lead at 38-31 on a touchdown carry by Jalin Moore, who rushed for 88 yards on the game behind 18 carries.
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But Penn State answered with a seven-play drive to tie the score at 38-38 with 47 seconds to go. Then, in overtime, Miles Sanders' 4-yard touchdown gave the Nittany Lions the lead before Amani Oruwariye made an interception in the end zone to clinch the victory.
Penn State senior quarterback Trace McSorley, who connected with KJ Hamler for the game-tying touchdown to force overtime, threw for 230 yards on 21-for-36 passing, and also rushed for two touchdowns. Sanders rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries.
Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas, who accounted for two scores in the air and one on the ground in the stunning fourth quarter, threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns on 25-for-38 passing.
Much has changed obviously since that 2007 game. Appalachian State is now a full-fledged member of the FBS, having been an FCS team when it took down Michigan. The Mountaineers were in the midst of a three-peat at the FCS level when they took down Michigan, but they have also found their footing since going up a level. The team has gone 30-9 the last three seasons under Scott Satterfield, playing in the Sun Belt.
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