Appalachian State Mountaineers football
|Appalachian State Mountaineers|
3rd year, 11–13 (.458)
|Home stadium||Kidd Brewer Stadium|
|Location||Boone, North Carolina|
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|All-time record||575–326–28 (.634)|
|Postseason bowl record||3–6 (.333)|
|Claimed national titles||3 (NCAA I FCS)|
|Fight song||Hi Hi Yikas|
|Marching band||Marching Mountaineers|
Georgia Southern Eagles|
Western Carolina Catamounts
The Appalachian State Mountaineers football team is the college football team at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. 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.
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, and the first Division I school in modern times to claim three straight undisputed national titles. Appalachian became 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.
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. Former head coach Jerry Moore also took home his sixth Coach of the Year award, the most in Southern Conference history.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadiums
- 3 Championships
- 4 Important games
- 5 All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams
- 6 Season and coaching history
- 7 Individual award winners
- 8 Hall of Fame selections
- 9 All-time NFL Draft selections
- 10 Retired numbers
- 11 Future non-conference opponents
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
|North State Conference||1931–1960|
|Sun Belt Conference||2014–|
Appalachian State began playing organized football in 1928. The coach during that first year was Graydon Eggers. The Mountaineers competed as an independent before joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) North State Conference as a charter member in 1931. 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. 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. The Mountaineers again competed as an independent from 1968–71 before accepting an invitation to the Southern Conference.
The Mountaineers won 3 straight FCS titles between 2005–2007, beginning the 2007 season with the historic win over Michigan.
Most of the school's athletic teams joined the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014. The football team began a 2-year transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013, being ineligible for the SoCon title and the FCS playoffs. FBS bowl eligibility will begin in 2015.
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
Opened in 1962, Kidd Brewer Stadium was originally named Conrad Stadium after former university trustee and R.J. Reynolds executive William J. Conrad. 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 Script error: No such module "convert". but is measured at Script error: No such module "convert". for NCAA qualifications. 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. After a 2002 First Round I-AA playoff loss to Maine, Appalachian compiled a 30 game unbeaten streak at Kidd Brewer Stadium that ended on October 20, 2007. The Mountaineers led the FCS in average attendance in 2007, 2008, and 2010 with totals of 24,219, 25,161 and 25,715 respectively.
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. Additional restrooms and concessions have been added. Most significantly, rising behind the west (home) stands and replacing the former pressbox facilities, the Script error: No such module "convert". KBS Complex was completed for the start of the 2009 season. The KBS Complex includes new stadium entrance plaza, strength and conditioning rooms, a hydrotherapy room, locker rooms, athletics offices, stadium suites and club seating.
Appalachian has won three national championships 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). Appalachian also had a thirteen game postseason winning streak, a record for consecutive wins in contiguous years that ended with a loss to Richmond in 2008.
|2005||Jerry Moore||NCAA 16 Team playoff||12–3||21–16||Northern Iowa Panthers|
|2006||Jerry Moore||NCAA 16 Team playoff||14–1||28–17||Massachusetts Minutemen|
|2007||Jerry Moore||NCAA 16 Team playoff||13–2||49–21||Delaware Blue Hens|
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.
|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|
|♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion|
|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|
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. 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.
2002 Furman Paladins
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." 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.
2007 Michigan Wolverines
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. This victory was seen by some analysts to be one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history. Following the win, they were featured on the cover of the following week's issue of Sports Illustrated.
2008 LSU Tigers
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
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Sun Belt opponents as of the start of the 2015 season:
Season and coaching history
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct.||Conf. Record||Pct.||Conf. Champs||Bowl Games||National Titles|
|C. B. Johnson||1929–32||4||26–9–7||.702||5–1||.833||1||–||–|
|R. W. "Red" Watkins||1940–41||2||10–9||.526||4–5||.444||–||–||–|
|E. C. Duggins||1947–50/52–55||8||57–25–3||.688||40–13–2||.745||3||7||–|
- Note: Appalachian did not field a team in 1943 or 1944.
Individual award winners
National award winners - players
National award winners - coaches
- National Coach of the Year
- 2006: Jerry Moore
Southern Conference honors
Sun Belt Conference honors
Other awards and honors
Kirkland Blocking Trophy
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)
Hall of Fame selections
All-time NFL Draft selections
|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
| vs Howard
| at Tennessee
| vs Akron
| at Penn State
| vs Charlotte
| at Wake Forest
| at Wyoming|
| at Clemson
| vs Old Dominion
| vs Wake Forest
| at Charlotte
| at Old Dominion
| at Akron
| at Massachusetts
| vs Southern Miss
| vs Wyoming
| vs Massachusetts
| at Georgia
- "Appalachian State: About the University". Appalachian State University. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Kidd Brewer Stadium (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. p. 194.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-14). "Thrice is Nice: Apps Rout Delaware For Third-Straight National Title". AppStateSports.
- 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.
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- Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-14). "National Championship Gameday Is Here". AppStateSports.
- "Turnovers Doom ASU in Season-Ending Loss". Southern Conference. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "2005 Bracket". NCAA.
- "2006 Bracket". NCAA.
- "2007 Bracket". NCAA.
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- 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.
- Pat Forde (2007-09-01). "Appalachian State earns role as conquering hero". ESPN.
- Mark Schlabach (2007-09-01). "Hundreds of Mountaineers fans celebrate upset win". ESPN.
- Stewart Mandel (2007-09-01). "The Mother of All Upsets". CNNSI.
- Dan Wetzel (2007-09-01). "Hail to the victors". Yahoo Sports.
- First given in 1995, Coakley is the only two-time winner of the award. Buchanan History
- Sports Network (2008-12-18). "Armanti Edwards wins 2008 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network.
- "AFCA Announces its 2007 National Coaches of the Year". AFCA. 2008-01-09.
- Appalachian Sports Information (2006-09-21). "Appalachian to Retire Hand’s No. 71 as Part of Homecoming Festivities". AppStateSports.
- Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: Honors and Awards (PDF). Appalachian Sports Information. p. 158.
- NCAA (2005-01-08). "IAA National Player Report All-Purpose Yards".
- Appalachian Sports Information (2014-05-22). "Moore Selected for College Football Hall of Fame". AppStateSports. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- "Appalachian State Mountaineers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-10-30.