Last-Play Hail Mary Wins Another One for Appalachian State

Lyn Scarbrough

September 20, 2022 at 10:44 am.

If you were looking for a hopeless situation, the one in Boone, N.C., on Saturday afternoon was very close to being just that.

Two-touchdown favorite Appalachian State, winner over Texas A&M in College Station just a week ago, trailed Troy, 28-26, with only two seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers were that close only due to a safety when Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson was downed in the end zone forcing a punt from the 20-yard line by the Trojans.

App State took over on its own 47-yard line. On fourth-and-10 the ball was still on the 47, and there was time for just one more play. Two more seconds and 53 yards away.

Some might call that a “hopeless situation.”

But not wide receiver Christian Horn and quarterback Chase Bright.

Brice evaded pressure, rolled out of the pocket and heaved the ball downfield. The pass was short, but was deflected into the arms of Horn, who ran it in for the winning score in the 32-28 victory.

That touchdown catch has been chosen as the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish “Catch of the Week.”

For the game, Horn pulled in five passes for 98 yards, including the game winner. Brice completed 22 of 34 passes for 279 yards and two scores.

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