Best of 2007: Armanti Edwards and Appalachian State Stun Michigan

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Best of 2007: Armanti Edwards and Appalachian State Stun Michigan


Asking a sports junkie like me to choose a favorite sports story for the entire year is like asking a five-year-old kid to pick their favorite candy.

Of course, that kid would pick every piece of candy in the store.

Sports have played such a huge role in my life that it’s nearly impossible for me to choose my favorite sports story, but I’ve been forced to narrow it down to one.

For me, the story of the year for 2007 was Appalachian State's upset of the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines.

The 2007 season on the college football gridiron was one that will forever be remembered as the year of the upset, and it all began when the Mountaineers stormed into Ann Arbor and shocked not only the Michigan Wolverines, but the entire nation.

Safety Corey Lynch blocked the potential game-winning field goal attempt and raced down the field to run out the clock in the most-played highlight of the 2007 football season.

Armanti Edwards kicked off his dazzling sophomore campaign by connecting on 17 of his 23 pass attempts for 226 yards and three touchdowns.  The Mountaineers won 34-32, and in doing so cemented their place in college football history.

I’ve never seen a football game talked about so much in my entire life. I mean, the Domino’s delivery man was talking about it when he dropped off my pizza. I didn’t mind so many people talking about it, but it was rather stunning to see how many people were buzzing about the Mountaineers.

Looking back, it really wasn’t that much of an upset as Appalachian State has now won their third-straight national title, but the game set the tone for what would be one of the wildest and craziest seasons in the history of the college football.

That is why Appalachian State's victory over Michigan is my story of the year for 2007.

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