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Appalachian State Mountaineers
2014 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team
Asu blocka logo.png
First season 1928
Head coach Scott Satterfield
2nd year, 4–8  (.333)
Home stadium Kidd Brewer Stadium
Year built 1962
Stadium capacity 24,050
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Boone, North Carolina
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Sun Belt
All-time record 568–321–28 (.635)
Postseason bowl record 3–6 (.333)
Playoff appearances 20
Playoff record 24–17
Claimed national titles 3
Conference titles 18
Colors

Black and Gold

          
Fight song Hi Hi Yikas
Mascot Yosef
Marching band Marching Mountaineers
Outfitter Nike
Rivals Georgia Southern Eagles
Western Carolina Catamounts
Website AppStateSports.com

The Appalachian State Mountaineers football team is the college football team at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.[1] The Mountaineers have competed in the Sun Belt Conference since 2014. Appalachian plays its home games in Kidd Brewer Stadium, which is named after Kidd Brewer, whose 1937 squad was unbeaten and unscored upon during the regular season.[2]

The Mountaineers are the first FCS team to win three straight national championships since the playoffs began in 1978. They are also the first Division I program to win three consecutive national championships since Army accomplished the feat in 1944, 1945, and 1946,[3] and the first Division I school in modern times to claim three straight undisputed national titles.[4] Appalachian became the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the final Associated Press (AP) college football poll on January 8, 2008.[5] The Mountaineers received five points in the poll.[6]

At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Armanti Edwards became the Mountaineers' first Walter Payton Award winner, given to the most outstanding FCS offensive player.[7] Former head coach Jerry Moore also took home his sixth Coach of the Year award, the most in Southern Conference history.[8]

History[edit]

Conference Affiliations
Independent 1928–1930
North State Conference 1931–1960
Carolinas Conference 1961–1967
Independent 1968–1971
Southern Conference 1972–2013
Sun Belt Conference 2014–

1928–1971[edit]

Appalachian State began playing organized football in 1928. The coach during that first year was Graydon Eggers.[9] The Mountaineers competed as an independent before joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) North State Conference as a charter member in 1931.[10] Kidd Brewer was the head coach of the Mountaineers from 1935–38, leading the team to two postseason bowl games. Brewer's 1937 squad is best remembered for going unbeaten and unscored upon during the regular season, outscoring opponents 206–0 before losing a postseason game to the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss, 7–0.[2][9] Appalachian found continued success under coach E. C. Duggins (1947–50 and 1952–55). During Duggins' eight years as coach, the Mountaineers claimed three more North State Conference championships and played in seven bowl games.[9] The Mountaineers again competed as an independent from 1968–71 before accepting an invitation to the Southern Conference.

Recent history[edit]

The Mountaineers won 3 straight FCS titles between 2005-07, beginning the 2007 season with the historic win over Michigan.

Most of the school's athletic teams will join the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014. The football team will begin a 2-year transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013, being ineligible for the SoCon title and the FCS playoffs. Bowl eligibility will begin in 2015.

Stadiums[edit]

College Field[edit]

College Field in 1958

College Field was the home of Appalachian football from 1928 to 1961. Located at the future site of Rankin Hall and Edwin Duncan Hall, the stadium was replaced by Kidd Brewer Stadium in 1962.

Kidd Brewer Stadium[edit]

Kidd Brewer Stadium with over 28,000 in attendance

Opened in 1962, Kidd Brewer Stadium was originally named Conrad Stadium after former university trustee and R.J. Reynolds executive William J. Conrad.[2] The stadium was renamed in 1988 for Kidd Brewer who coached the Mountaineers from 1935–38. Nicknamed "The Rock", Kidd Brewer sits at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000 m) but is measured at 3,333 feet (1,016 m) for NCAA qualifications.[2] The stadium was the first venue in either North or South Carolina to install artificial turf. The Mountaineers and Elon staged the first game on fake grass in the Carolinas on October 3, 1970.[2] After a 2002 First Round I-AA playoff loss to Maine,[2] Appalachian compiled a 30 game unbeaten streak at Kidd Brewer Stadium that ended on October 20, 2007.[11] The Mountaineers led the FCS in average attendance in 2007, 2008, and 2010 with totals of 24,219, 25,161 and 25,715 respectively.[12][13]

Renovations[edit]

Completed in 2009, the stadium has seen extensive renovations as part of a $50 million facilities improvement campaign. An upper deck with additional seating for 4,400 was added to the east (visitor) stands for the 2008 season.[14] Additional restrooms and concessions have been added. Most significantly, rising behind the west (home) stands and replacing the former pressbox facilities, the 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) KBS Complex was completed for the start of the 2009 season.[14] The KBS Complex includes new stadium entrance plaza, strength and conditioning rooms, a hydrotherapy room, locker rooms, athletics offices, stadium suites and club seating.[15]

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Appalachian has won three national championships[16][17][18] in the NCAA Division I FCS, the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament to determine its champion. The Mountaineers became the fifth program in FCS history to reach the national title game three straight years joining Eastern Kentucky (1979–82), Georgia Southern (1988–90 and 1998–2000), Marshall (1991–93) and Youngstown State (1991–94).[19] Appalachian also had a thirteen game postseason winning streak,[20] a record for consecutive wins in contiguous years that ended with a loss to Richmond in 2008.[21]

Appalachian's National Championship trophies
Year Coach Selector Record Score Opponent
2005 Jerry Moore NCAA 16 Team playoff[22] 12–3 21–16 Northern Iowa Panthers
2006 Jerry Moore NCAA 16 Team playoff[23] 14–1 28–17 Massachusetts Minutemen
2007 Jerry Moore NCAA 16 Team playoff[24] 13–2 49–21 Delaware Blue Hens

Conference championships[edit]

Before leaving the Southern Conference in 2014, the Mountaineers had won 10 conference titles, placing them second in the league's history. The Furman Paladins lead the conference with 12 championships.

The Mountaineer football team gathers on the sideline
Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Coach
1931 North State 9–2–2 3–0 C. B. Johnson
1937 North State 8–1–1 5–0 Kidd Brewer
1939 North State 7–1–2 3–0–1 Flucie Stewart
1948 North State 8–1–1 7–0–1 E. C. Duggins
1950 North State 9–2–1 7–0–1 E. C. Duggins
1954 North State 8–3 6–0 E. C. Duggins
1986 Southern 9–2–1 6–0–1 Sparky Woods
1987 Southern 11–3 7–0 Sparky Woods
1991 Southern 8–4 6–1 Jerry Moore
1995 Southern 12–1 8–0 Jerry Moore
1999♦ Southern 9–3 7–1 Jerry Moore
2005 Southern 12–3 6–1 Jerry Moore
2006 Southern 14–1 7–0 Jerry Moore
2007♦ Southern 13–2 5–2 Jerry Moore
2008 Southern 11–3 8–0 Jerry Moore
2009 Southern 11–3 8–0 Jerry Moore
2010♦ Southern 9–2 7–1 Jerry Moore
2012♦ Southern 8–3 6–2 Jerry Moore
Total 18
Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion

Important games[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl Location Result Opponent Points For Points Against
November 26, 1937 Doll and Toy Charity Game Biloxi, Mississippi L Southern Mississippi 0 7
December 3, 1938 Unnamed Winston-Salem, North Carolina W Moravian College 20 0
November 20, 1948 Burley Bowl Johnson City, Tennessee L West Chester 2 7
November 26, 1949 Pythian Bowl Salisbury, North Carolina W Catawba College 21 7
November 18, 1950 Burley Bowl Johnson City, Tennessee L Emory and Henry College 6 26
November 25, 1950 Pythian Bowl Salisbury, North Carolina L West Liberty State College 26 28
November 25, 1954 Burley Bowl Johnson City, Tennessee W East Tennessee State 27 13
December 11, 1954 Elks Bowl Raleigh, North Carolina L Newberry College 13 20
November 19, 1955 Burley Bowl Johnson City, Tennessee L East Tennessee State 0 7
Total 9 3–6 115 115

Trophy games[edit]

From 1932 to 2013, Appalachian State played the Western Carolina Catamounts in a regional rivalry game. The only years in that period in which the game was not played were 1942 to 1945, during U.S. involvement in World War II. In 1976, a traveling trophy known as the Old Mountain Jug was created from an old moonshine jug.[25] Appalachian's record in games played is 59–18–1, and 31–7 in the Jug era. No further games in the rivalry are scheduled following Appalachian's move to the Sun Belt Conference.

The Mountaineers currently hold the trophy, having won each of the last nine games (2005–2013) and 26 of the last 28.

Notable games[edit]

2002 Furman Paladins[edit]

The Miracle on the Mountain took place at Kidd Brewer Stadium on October 12, 2002 and was selected as the "ABC Sports Radio Call of the Year."[26] A low scoring affair, the Paladins elected to attempt a two-point conversion after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 7 seconds left in the game. Leading 15–14, Furman quarterback Billy Napier's pass was intercepted by Josh Jeffries at the 4-yard line. He lateraled the ball to Derrick Black who returned it for a score giving the Mountaineers a 16–15 win.[27]

Appalachian State and Michigan at the line of scrimmage

2007 Michigan Wolverines[edit]

On September 1, 2007, the Appalachian State football team traveled to Ann Arbor to play their season opener at the University of Michigan. A sellout crowd of over 109,000 fans packed Michigan Stadium, becoming the largest crowd to ever witness an ASU football game. Appalachian State beat Michigan 34–32 and became the first Division I FCS (I-AA) football team to defeat a Division I FBS (I-A) team ranked in the AP poll.[28] This victory was seen by some analysts to be one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history.[29][30][31][32] Following the win, they were featured on the cover of the following week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

2008 LSU Tigers[edit]

On August 30, 2008, Appalachian State opened its football season at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana against NCAA Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A) defending national champion Louisiana State University. The game, which was broadcast on ESPN Classic, was the first ever between defending FBS and FCS National Championship teams. The game against the Mountaineers saw the Tigers claim an early lead and victory by a score of 41–13.

All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Sun Belt opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Arkansas State 0 0 0 - - -
Georgia Southern 16 12 1 .569 Won 3 1934 2013
Georgia State 0 0 0 - - -
Idaho 0 0 0 - - -
Louisiana–Lafayette 0 0 0 - - -
Louisiana–Monroe 0 0 0 - - -
New Mexico State 0 0 0 - - -
South Alabama 0 0 0 - - -
Texas State 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2004 2004
Troy 1 2 0 .333 Won 1 1970 2000
Totals 18 14 1 .561

Season and coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Conf. Record Pct. Conf. Champs Bowl Games National Titles
Graydon Eggers 1928 1 3–6 .333
C. B. Johnson 1929–32 4 26–9–7 .702 5–1 .833 1
Eugene Garbee 1933–34 2 10–6–1 .618 2–0 1.000
Kidd Brewer 1935–38 4 30–5–3 .829 12–2–1 .833 1 2
Flucie Stewart 1939/1946 2 13–4–2 .737 7–1–1 .833 1
R. W. "Red" Watkins 1940–41 2 10–9 .526 4–5 .444
Beattie Feathers 1942 1 5–2–1 .688 2–2 .500
Francis Hoover 1945 1 1–6 .143 1–3 .250
E. C. Duggins 1947–50/52–55 8 57–25–3 .688 40–13–2 .745 3 7
Press Mull 1951 1 6–3 .667 3–3 .500
Bob Broome 1956–58 3 13–16 .448 9–9 .500
Bob Breitenstein 1959 1 6–4 .600 5–1 .833
Jim Duncan 1960–64 5 31–15–2 .667 20–6–2 .750
Carl Messere 1965–70 6 34–26–1 .566 10–10 .500
Jim Brakefield 1971–79 9 47–48–4 .495 19–20–2 .488
Mike Working 1980–82 3 13–18–2 .424 8–11–2 .429
Mack Brown 1983 1 6–5 .545 4–3 .571
Sparky Woods 1984–88 5 38–19–2 .661 25–9–1 .729 2
Jerry Moore 1989–2012 24 215–87 .712 144–40 .783 10 3
Scott Satterfield 2013– 1 4–8 .333 4–4 .500
Totals 1928–present 84 568–321–28 .635 324–143–11 .689 18 9 3
Note: Appalachian did not field a team in 1943 or 1944.

Individual award winners[edit]

National award winners - players[edit]

National award winners - coaches[edit]

National Coach of the Year
2006: Jerry Moore
National Coach of the Year
2005: Jerry Moore
2006: Jerry Moore
2007: Jerry Moore[35]

Southern Conference honors[edit]

Other awards and honors[edit]

Kirkland Blocking Trophy

1964: Larry Hand[36]

National Statistical Champion

1936: Len Wilson (scoring)
1974: Joe Parker (punting)
1979: Rick Beasley (receiving)
1991: Harold Alexander (punting)
1992: Harold Alexander (punting)
2004: DaVon Fowlkes (receptions, receiving yards, all-purpose yards)[37][38]

Hall of Fame selections[edit]

All-time NFL Draft selections[edit]

NFL Draft Selections (25)
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1942 17 6 156 Watts, GeorgeGeorge Watts Washington Redskins Offensive tackle
2 1948 13 10 115 Hollar, JohnJohn Hollar Chicago Cardinals Back
3 1949 16 9 160 Tom Murdock Chicago Cardinals Back
4 1964 10 6 132 Hand, LarryLarry Hand Detroit Lions Defensive tackle
5 1965 8 11 109 Larry Harbin Detroit Lions Back
6 1984 9 12 236 Leroy Howell Buffalo Bills Defensive end
7 1986 2 8 35 Hackett, DinoDino Hackett Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker
8 1988 10 16 265 Steve Wilkes New York Giants Tight end
9 1990 5 15 125 Graham, DerrickDerrick Graham Kansas City Chiefs Offensive tackle
10 1990 7 28 194 Keith Collins San Diego Chargers Defensive back
11 1992 5 10 122 Gary Dandridge Seattle Seahawks Defensive back
12 1992 7 10 178 Frier, MikeMike Frier Seattle Seahawks Defensive tackle
13 1993 3 11 67 Harold Alexander Atlanta Falcons Punter
14 1996 3 26 87 Stevens, MattMatt Stevens Buffalo Bills Safety
15 1997 3 5 65 Coakley, DexterDexter Coakley Dallas Cowboys Linebacker
16 2001 7 15 215 Corey Hall Atlanta Falcons Safety
17 2008 2 27 58 Jackson, DexterDexter Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide receiver
18 2008 6 11 177 Lynch, CoreyCorey Lynch Cincinnati Bengals Safety
19 2010 3 25 59 Edwards, ArmantiArmanti Edwards Carolina Panthers Quarterback
20 2011 5 25 156 Mark Legree Seattle Seahawks Safety
21 2011 5 32 163 Daniel Kilgore San Francisco 49ers Offensive Guard
22 2011 6 21 186 Smith, D.J.D.J. Smith Green Bay Packers Outside Linebacker
23 2012 2 1 33 Quick, BrianBrian Quick St. Louis Rams Wide Receiver
24 2013 5 32 165 Martin, SamSam Martin Detroit Lions Punter
25 2013 7 4 210 McCray, DemetriusDemetrius McCray Jacksonville Jaguars Cornerback

Retired numbers[edit]

Retired Numbers
Number Player Year
23 John Settle (1983–86) 1986
32 Dexter Coakley (1993–96) 2005
38 Dino Hackett (1982–85) 2005
71 Larry Hand (1960–64) 2006

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
at Michigan
Aug. 30th
vs Howard
Sep. 5th
vs Old Dominion
Sep. 17th
vs Akron
Sep. 16th
at Charlotte
Sep. 8th
vs Charlotte
Sep. 7th
vs Campbell
Sep. 6th
at Clemson
Sep. 12th
at Akron
Sep. 24th
at Southern Miss
Sep. 20th
vs Southern Miss
Sep. 19th
vs Liberty
Oct. 11th
at Old Dominion
Sep. 26th

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Appalachian State: About the University". Appalachian State University. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Kidd Brewer Stadium. Appalachian Sports Information. p. 194. 
  3. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-14). "Thrice is Nice: Apps Rout Delaware For Third-Straight National Title". AppStateSports. 
  4. ^ Army's three consecutive national titles were all split championships. The only other Division I school to claim three consecutive national titles in the 20th century was Minnesota, with a consensus title in 1934 and split titles in 1935 and 1936. The last school with three consecutive undisputed national titles in Division I or its predecessors was Yale, retroactively designated by the Helms Athletic Foundation as national champions in 1886 through 1888. For sourced lists of past national champions in Division I FBS and its predecessors, see College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS.
  5. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2008-01-08). "Mountaineer Football Notebook: ASU Receives Votes in Final AP Poll". AppStateSports. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2008-01-08). "2007 NCAA Football Rankings - Final (Jan. 8)". ESPN. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2008-12-19). "App. State's Armanti Edwards wins Walter Payton award". ESPN. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  8. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2008-11-25). "Mountaineers Sweep SoCon's Major Awards, Place 14 on All-Conference Teams". AppStateSports. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  9. ^ a b c Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Coaching Records. Appalachian Sports Information. p. 182. 
  10. ^ Coker College (2007-01-30). "CVAC to change name to Conference Carolinas". Coker Cobras. 
  11. ^ "Late Rally Falls Short, Home Winning Streak Ends with 38-35 Loss to GSU". AppStateSports. 2007-10-20. 
  12. ^ "2007 NCAA Average Attendance Report". NCAA. 2008-01-08. 
  13. ^ "2008 NCAA Average Attendance Report". NCAA. 2009-01-09. 
  14. ^ a b Appalachian Sports Information (2008-07-28). "Facilities Enhancement Construction Progress". AppStateSports. 
  15. ^ Appalachian Sports Information. "Appalachian Athletics Facilities Enhancement Plan". AppStateSports. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  16. ^ Elizabeth A. Davis (2005-12-16). "Appalachian State takes fumble and I-AA title from N. Iowa". USA Today. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-15). "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. 
  18. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-14). "Months after Michigan upset, Appalachian State completes FCS 3-peat". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  19. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-07). "Back to Chattanooga: Edwards' Record Performance Punches ASU's Ticket To Third-Straight Title Game". AppStateSports. 
  20. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-14). "National Championship Gameday Is Here". AppStateSports. 
  21. ^ "Turnovers Doom ASU in Season-Ending Loss". Southern Conference. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  22. ^ "2005 Bracket". NCAA. 
  23. ^ "2006 Bracket". NCAA. 
  24. ^ "2007 Bracket". NCAA. 
  25. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2008-11-22). "No. 2 ASU Looks to Close Out Perfect SoCon Season at Archrival WCU". AppStateSports. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  26. ^ Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Most Memorable Games. Appalachian Sports Information. p. 168. 
  27. ^ Appalachian State (2002-10-12). The Miracle on the Mountain (Flash). Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  28. ^ Associated Press (2007-09-01). "Blocked field goal secures Appalachian State's upset of Michigan". ESPN. Archived from the original on 4 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  29. ^ Pat Forde (2007-09-01). "Appalachian State earns role as conquering hero". ESPN. 
  30. ^ Mark Schlabach (2007-09-01). "Hundreds of Mountaineers fans celebrate upset win". ESPN. 
  31. ^ Stewart Mandel (2007-09-01). "The Mother of All Upsets". CNNSI. 
  32. ^ Dan Wetzel (2007-09-01). "Hail to the victors". Yahoo Sports. 
  33. ^ First given in 1995, Coakley is the only two-time winner of the award. Buchanan History
  34. ^ Sports Network (2008-12-18). "Armanti Edwards wins 2008 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. 
  35. ^ "AFCA Announces its 2007 National Coaches of the Year". AFCA. 2008-01-09. 
  36. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2006-09-21). "Appalachian to Retire Hand’s No. 71 as Part of Homecoming Festivities". AppStateSports. 
  37. ^ Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Honors and Awards. Appalachian Sports Information. p. 158. 
  38. ^ NCAA (2005-01-08). "IAA National Player Report All-Purpose Yards". 
  39. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2014-05-22). "Moore Selected for College Football Hall of Fame". AppStateSports. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  40. ^ "Appalachian State Mountaineers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 

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