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App. State Looks Forward to Round 2 In Ann Arbor

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 In 2007, the Appalachian State University Mountaineers made history when it defeated the University of Michigan Wolverines. It was unexpected as Appalachian State was, at the time, an FCS or I-AA team and Michigan was an FBS or I-A team.

The win for the Mountaineers from Boone made headlines across the country and it started a strong season that led the team to a third straight national championship.

“It was crazy, even surreal now looking back at it,” said Nic Cardwell, App. State's tight ends coach who also took the field as a player in 2007 at Michigan. "I started at tight end that year, but I wasn't the Armanti Edwards, I wasn't the Dexter Jackson or the Corey Lynch that blocked the field goal. I was just the guy that helped lead the locker room in a good direction.”

Cardwell says the game had a major impact on the schools popularity amongst potential students.

"Everybody wanted to come be a part of App. State, he said. "Everybody wanted to come be a part of the team that beat Michigan.”

Senior Eliza Gellman agrees.

"I honestly hadn't even thought about Appalachian," Gellman said. "But, I was thinking about applying to colleges and I was like, I got to get up there. I have to do something to get up there.”

Now, the team hits the road for round two in Ann Arbor Saturday at noon.

“Is there added to go win? I don't know," said Scott Satterfield, head coach. "Maybe there is a little added pressure, but we've got to be our team. We've got to be the 2014 Mountaineers and let's go be the best we can be.”

It's a game everyone seems to be looking forward to, and a "W" would only add to the excitement.

"It's such an honor to be going to the "big house" again," said Gellman. "Not every team gets to do that, especially a small school like Appalachian. It's nice that we get our name out there again."

Satterfield added, "Keep it close in that first half and let's see what happens in that second half. Quite honestly that's what we did back then. Who knows what can happen in that third and fourth quarter if that game's tight.”

Cardwell seems to think a win is a definite possibility.

"I think this team is very capable of making that happen," said Cardwell. "We've got a lot of scrappy fighting kids and we've got a lot of respect for everything they do up in Michigan and we're excited to play them.”

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