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Fan: 'It Was the First Time I Actually Cried at a Football Game'

Posted September 2, 2007

— One day after Appalachian State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football, the feat was the talk of the sports world.

The Mountaineers knocked off No. 5 Michigan after blocking a field goal attempt in the final seconds of the game to ice the win.

Many of the fans who went to the game got back into town Sunday, and they were still celebrating.

“It was the first time I actually cried at a football game,” said Laura Aiken.

Laura’s husband, Ben Aiken, was just as enthusiastic about the win.

“Your jaw dropped,” he said. “I guess that’s the best way to describe it."

For the Aiken family, this was more than just a win. They said it brings national exposure to the university where they graduated 10 years ago. Laura was a football trainer at ASU and Ben played football under Coach Jerry Moore.

“He was really a genuine man who teaches more than the game of football,” Ben said.


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  • Fair Tax Now Sep 4, 2007

    I get misty eyed when I am stuck in Boone Traffic

  • White Eagle Sep 4, 2007

    I was at the Duke-UConn game on Sat and in typical fashion, Duke clutched defeat from the jaws of victory but each time the App State-Michigan score was posted, there was a cheer for App State. Way to go App!

  • FE Sep 3, 2007

    Ms. Aiken: If you really want to experience crying in a football stadium, you should attend a few Duke "games."

    BTW: A GREAT win for the Mountaineers!!!!!

  • Hammerhead Sep 3, 2007

    Sometimes it's the little things in life that are overwhelming. I'll admit to getting misty-eyed myself over things that nobody else would deem important. Maybe it was the David vs Goliath symbolism, the commitment of the athletes, or the spunk that they exhibited. Sometimes achievement like this is pretty impressive.

  • spazman Sep 3, 2007


  • Bulldog78 Sep 3, 2007

    Scorekeep, could you be like the happiest person on the Internet? Every been outside, seen the sun, breathed the air? Ever lived? Ever taken a walk on the wild side and tried the barbecue potato chips?

  • aoakley336 Sep 3, 2007

    ASU has the best football program in the state right now. Certainly better than any of the 3 teams in the triangle. I don't care who your team is, but you have got to love what Jerry Moore has done in Boone.

  • ghwhitaker1_old Sep 3, 2007

    Scorekeep: I doubt ASU will go 0-11 in 2012. I am certain they beat #5 Michigan at their place. They deserve all the accolades coming their way. Go Apps. !

    ECU fan.

  • packandcanesfan Sep 3, 2007

    scorekeep do you have such a dismal outlook on everything? For your sake, I hope not. ASU has had a good football team for years. They have plenty to be excited about and wonderful memories to look back on. All ACC fans would be very lucky to have a team that won back to back NCAA Championships, no matter what level and to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor in front of 109,000? How many teams through the years have accomplished that??

    Best of luck to them for the rest of the season and in the years to come.

  • doinbizzness Sep 3, 2007

    yes it was a big suprise BUT most people around the country do not realize appalachian has had a great program there for several years now and won back to back national championships in there division. CONGRATULATIONS APP!!!!!!!!!