List of Appalachian State Mountaineers football seasons
This is a list of Appalachian State Mountaineers football seasons. The Mountaineers are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Mountaineers fielded their first team in 1928 under Graydon Eggers and are currently coached by Scott Satterfield. The Mountaineers will play their 89th season in 2018 and have played over 800 games, appeared in nine bowl games, and participated in the FCS (formerly I-AA) playoffs a total of 16 times. Historically, Appalachian State has had a successful college football program, winning over 500 games. In 1931 the Mountaineers joined the North State Conference and finished in first place under coach C. B. Johnson. Kidd Brewer took over coaching duties of the Mountaineers from 1935 to 1938, winning another North State Conference championship. An All-American at Duke, 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.
E. C. Duggins coached the Mountaineers from 1947–50 and again from 1952–55. Appalachian State went to seven bowl games and won three North State Conference championships under Duggins. After three coaches during a five-year span, the Mountaineers got back to their winning ways under Jim Duncan, who coached for five years, 1960 to 1964, and won 31 games. In 1961 the North State Conference became the Carolinas Conference and Appalachian State left after the 1967 season to play as an independent for four years. Jim Brakefield was hired as head coach in 1971, vacating the same position he held at Wofford. A year later, in 1972, Appalachian State accepted an invitation into the Southern Conference. Credited as overseeing the transition into Division I football, Brakefield had his most successful season in 1975, guiding the Mountaineers to wins over East Carolina, Wake Forest, and South Carolina.
Appalachian State won the first of nine Southern Conference championships in 1986 under Sparky Woods, who also led the Mountaineers into the playoffs for the first time. Another conference championship and playoff appearance followed in 1987. Woods won the Wallace Wade Coach of the Year Award three straight years in 1985, 1986, and 1987, becoming the only coach in conference history to do so. Woods left to coach South Carolina after five years and Jerry Moore was hired as the Mountaineer's 19th coach in 1989. Moore is the winningest coach in conference history, and under his leadership the Mountaineers have won seven conference championships. In addition, the Mountaineers have posted nineteen winning campaigns to go with one losing season during his tenure, allowing Moore to claim Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors a record six times. He was also the 2006 recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the division's most outstanding coach. Under the stewardship of Moore, players such as two-time Buck Buchanan Award winner Dexter Coakley have gone on to play in the National Football League.
Appalachian State became the first team since the playoffs began in 1978 to win three straight national titles in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and the first team to accomplish the feat since Army in 1944, 1945, and 1946. They are also the first Division I school in modern times to claim three straight undisputed national titles. On September 1, 2007, in what was hailed as one of the biggest upsets in United States sports history, the Mountaineers shocked the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 34–32. The win helped Applachian State become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the final Associated Press (AP) college football poll on January 8, 2008. The Mountaineers received five points in the poll, tying South Florida for 34th. The conclusion of the 2008 season saw quarterback Armanti Edwards win Appalachian's first Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the most outstanding offensive player.
In 2014, Appalachian State transitioned to the FBS and began competing in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mountaineers have recorded winning seasons in each of the four seasons they have played in FBS and have won three consecutive bowl games and two consecutive Sun Belt conference championships.
|Season||Coach||Conference||Season results||Bowl/Playoff result||Final ranking|
|Conference finish||Wins||Losses||Ties||NCAA/TSN Poll||Coaches Poll|
|Appalachian State Mountaineers|
|1929||C. B. Johnson||Independent||—||4||1||3||—||—||—|
|1933||Eugene Garbee||North State||N/A||7||2||0||—||—||—|
|1935||Kidd Brewer||North State||N/A||5||2||2||—||—||—|
|1937‡^||North State||1st||8||1||1||Lost Doll and Toy Charity Game vs. Southern Mississippi, 7–0||—||—|
|1938^||North State||2nd||9||1||0||Won Unnamed Bowl vs. Moravian, 20–0||—||—|
|1939‡||Flucie Stewart||North State||1st||7||1||2||—||—||—|
|1940||R. W. "Red" Watkins||North State||3rd||6||4||0||—||—||—|
|1942||Beattie Feathers||North State||3rd||5||2||1||—||—||—|
|1943||Appalachian State did not play football during the 1943 and 1944 seasons because of World War II|
|1945||Francis Hoover||North State||3rd||1||6||0||—||—||—|
|1946||Flucie Stewart||North State||2nd||6||3||0||—||—||—|
|1947||E. C. Duggins||North State||2nd||9||1||0||—||—||—|
|1948‡^||North State||1st||8||1||1||Lost Burley Bowl vs. West Chester State, 7–2||—||—|
|1949^||North State||2nd||9||3||0||Won Pythian Bowl vs. Catawba, 21–7||—||—|
|1950‡^||North State||1st||9||2||1||Lost Burley Bowl vs. Emory & Henry, 26–6
Lost Pythian Bowl vs. West Liberty, 28–26
|1951||Press Mull||North State||4th||6||3||0||—||—||—|
|1952||E. C. Duggins||North State||5th||2||6||1||—||—||—|
|1954‡^||North State||1st||8||3||0||Won Burley Bowl vs. East Tennessee State, 27–13
Lost Elks Bowl vs. Newberry, 20–13
|1955^||North State||4th||6||5||0||Lost Burley Bowl vs. East Tennessee State, 7–0||—||—|
|1956||Bob Broome||North State||3rd||3||6||0||—||—||—|
|1959||Bob Breitenstein||North State||2nd||6||4||0||—||—||—|
|1960||Jim Duncan||North State||2nd||8||2||0||—||—||—|
|1986‡*||Southern||1st||9||2||1||First Round Division I-AA playoffs||5||—|
|1987‡*||Southern||1st||11||3||0||Semifinals Division I-AA playoffs||2||—|
|1989*||Jerry Moore||Southern||2nd||9||3||0||First Round Division I-AA playoffs||7||—|
|1991‡*||Southern||1st||8||4||0||First Round Division I-AA playoffs||10||—|
|1992*||Southern||2nd||7||5||0||First Round Division I-AA playoffs||16||—|
|1994*||Southern||2nd||9||4||0||Quarterfinals Division I-AA playoffs||9||—|
|1995‡*||Southern||1st||12||1||0||Quarterfinals Division I-AA playoffs||5||—|
|1998*||Southern||2nd||10||3||Quarterfinals Division I-AA playoffs||6||—|
|1999‡*||Southern||T–1st♦||9||3||First Round Division I-AA playoffs||T–9||—|
|2000*||Southern||2nd||10||4||Semifinals Division I-AA playoffs||4||—|
|2001*||Southern||2nd||9||4||Quarterfinals Division I-AA playoffs||4||—|
|2002*||Southern||2nd||8||4||First Round Division I-AA playoffs||10||—|
|2005†‡*||Southern||1st||12||3||Won NCAA Division I Football Championship vs. Northern Iowa Panthers, 21–16||1|
|2006†‡*||Southern||1st||14||1||Won NCAA Division I Football Championship vs. Massachusetts Minutemen, 28–17||1||—|
|2007†‡*||Southern||T–1st♦||13||2||Won NCAA Division I Football Championship vs. Delaware Blue Hens, 49–21||1||1|
|2008‡*||Southern||1st||11||3||Quarterfinals Division I FCS playoffs||5||5|
|2009‡*||Southern||1st||11||3||Semifinals Division I FCS playoffs||3||3|
|2010‡*||Southern||T–1st♦||10||3||Quarterfinals Division I FCS playoffs||4||4|
|2011*||Southern||T–2nd||8||4||Second Round Division I FCS playoffs||12||11|
|2012‡*||Southern||T–1st♦||8||4||Second Round Division I FCS playoffs||9||8|
|2015||Sun Belt||2nd||11||2||—||Won Camellia Bowl vs. Ohio, 31–29||—||—|
|2016‡||Sun Belt||1st||10||3||—||Won Camellia Bowl vs. Toledo, 31–28||—||—|
|2017‡||Sun Belt||T–1st♦||9||4||—||Won Dollar General Bowl vs. Toledo, 34–0||—||—|
|Total||578||318||28||(only includes regular season games)|
|3||0||—||(only includes bowl games; 3 appearances)|
|24||17||—||(only includes FCS playoff games; 20 appearances)|
|♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion|
When Division I-AA was formed for football in 1978, the playoffs included just four teams, doubling to eight teams in its fourth season of 1981. In 1982 the I-AA playoffs were expanded to 12 teams, with each of the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals. In its ninth season of 1986, the I-AA playoffs were expanded again, to the present 16-team format, requiring four post-season victories to win the title. In April 2008 the NCAA announced that the playoff field will again expand to include 20 teams beginning in 2010.
|1986 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Lost First Round vs. Nicholls State, 28–26
|1987 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. Richmond, 20–3
Won Quarterfinal vs. Georgia Southern, 19–0
Lost Semifinal vs. Marshall, 24–10
|1989 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Lost First Round vs. Middle Tennessee, 24–21
|1991 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Lost First Round vs. Eastern Kentucky, 14–13
|1992 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Lost First Round vs. Middle Tennessee, 35–10
|1994 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. New Hampshire, 17–10 (OT)
Lost Quarterfinal vs. Boise State, 17–14
|1995 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. James Madison, 31–24
Lost Quarterfinal vs. Stephen F. Austin, 27–17
|1998 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. Tennessee State, 45–31
Lost Quarterfinal vs. Northwestern State, 31–20
|1999 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Lost First Round vs. Florida A&M, 44–29
|2000 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. Troy, 33–30
Won Quarterfinal vs. Western Kentucky, 17–14
Lost Semifinal vs. Montana, 19–16 (OT)
|2001 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. William & Mary, 40–27
Lost Quarterfinal vs. Georgia Southern, 38–24
|2002 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Lost First Round vs. Maine, 14–13
|2005 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs|
Won First Round vs. Lafayette, 34–23
Won Quarterfinal vs. Southern Illinois, 38–24
Won Semifinal vs. Furman, 29–23
Won Championship vs. Northern Iowa, 21–16
|2006 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
Won First Round vs. Coastal Carolina, 45–28
Won Quarterfinal vs. Montana State, 38–17
Won Semifinal vs. Youngstown State, 49–24
Won Championship vs. Massachusetts, 28–17
|2007 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
Won First Round vs. James Madison, 28–27
Won Quarterfinal vs. Eastern Washington, 38–35
Won Semifinal vs. Richmond, 55–35
Won Championship vs. Delaware, 49–21
|2008 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
Won First Round vs. South Carolina State, 37–21
Lost Quarterfinal vs. Richmond, 33–13
|2009 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
Won First Round vs. South Carolina State, 20–13
Won Quarterfinal vs. Richmond, 35–31
Lost Semifinal vs. Montana, 24–17
|2010 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
First Round Bye
Won Second Round vs. Western Illinois, 42–14
Lost Quarterfinal vs. Villanova, 42–24
|2011 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
First Round Bye
Lost Second Round vs. Maine, 34–12
|2012 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs|
First Round Bye
Lost Second Round vs. Illinois State, 38–37 (OT)
- The Division I-A, I-AA and I-AAA designations were confusing and as a result, misapplied by the public, boosters and media when referring not only to their local football programs but also to other sports such as basketball. The Division I Board of Directors, composed of Division I presidents and chancellors voted on the change in August 2006. The Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) includes those programs that compete in an effort to participate in the postseason bowl system. The NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) includes those programs that compete in an effort to participate in the NCAA championship postseason structure (one of the 88 NCAA national championships). NCAA.org[permanent dead link]
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: All-Time Coaching Records (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. p. 182.
- On August 1, 1973 the NCAA's membership was divided into three legislative and competitive divisions at the first special convention ever held. All major schools were reclassified as Division I and other schools were divided into Divisions II and III. Roman numerals were chosen to be used rather than the Arabic 1, 2, 3. Five years later, Division I members voted to create subclassifications I-A, I-AA, and I-AAA for the sport of football. The major difference (at this point) besides sponsorship is the amount of scholarships allotted. I-A gets 85, I-AA gets 63, and I-AAA is for institutions that do not sponsor football. Only NCAA Division I is divided into subclassifications and only in the sport of football.
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: All-Time Results (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. pp. 187–193.
- David Scott (2005-10-29). "Best of the Carolinas/Carolinas' No. 1". Charotte Observer.
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Kidd Brewer Stadium (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. p. 194.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2004-04-25). "Stuart Wins Brakefield Academic Award". GoASU. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24.
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Honors and Awards (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. pp. 158–59.
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Coaches and Staff (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. p. 34.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2008-11-25). "Mountaineers Sweep SoCon's Major Awards, Place 14 on All-Conference Teams". GoASU.
- "Jerry Moore wins 2006 Eddie Robinson Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Elizabeth A. Davis (2005-12-16). "Appalachian State takes fumble and I-AA title from N. Iowa". USA Today.
- "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. 2006-12-15.
- "Months after Michigan upset, Appalachian State completes FCS 3-peat". ESPN. 2007-12-14.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-14). "Thrice is Nice: Apps Rout Delaware For Third-Straight National Title". GoASU.
- 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 NCAA Division I FBS National Football Championship.
- Dan Wetzel (2007-09-01). "Hail to the victors". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- Stewart Mandel (2007-09-01). "The Mother of All Upsets". CNNSI. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2008-01-08). "Mountaineer Football Notebook: ASU Receives Votes in Final AP Poll". GoASU.
- Associated Press (2008-01-08). "2007 NCAA Football Rankings - Final (January 8)". ESPN.
- "Armanti Edwards wins 2008 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. 2007-12-18. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- Appalachian competes in the Football Championship Subdivision of Division I.
- The Mountaineers have won three national championships at the FCS (formerly I-AA) level.
- The North State Conference became the Carolinas Conference in 1961.
- The yellow color is used only when Appalachian State reaches a bowl but does not hold a share in the conference title. In any case that Appalachian State has a share of the conference championship, the green color is used.
- The blue color is used only when Appalachian State receives a playoff berth but does not hold a share in the conference title. In any case that Appalachian State has a share of the conference championship, the green color is used.
- Appalachian played in 9 regional/college division bowls. Locations included: Biloxi, MS, Winston-Salem, NC, Salisbury, NC, Raleigh, NC and Johnson City, TN.
- Since the 1978 split in divisions, the NCAA, or more recently, The Sports Network Archived 2013-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. Poll has been the major poll at the FCS level. No polls for Appalachian are available prior to 1982 when the Mountaineers began I-AA play.
- The FCS Coaches Poll Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. was introduced in 2007. Therefore, polls for prior seasons do not exist.
- The 1933, 1934, and 1935 conference records are listed with results of 1–0–0, 1–0–0 and 1–0–1, respectively. However, no place finish is given.
- 1978 to Present Playoff Brackets Archived 2010-11-22 at the Wayback Machine.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2008-12-06). "Seven Turnovers Doom Apps in 33-13 Loss to Richmond". GoASU. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- The Sports Network (2008-04-25). "NCAA approves playoff expansion to 20 teams for 2010". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04.