Coming off their first bowl victory, Appalachian State appeared fit to be in the FBS and primed to return to bowl season. Akron was also coming off of a successful bowl victory, and a victory over the Mountaineers would certainly keep them on pace to return.
2007. Opening Day. Ann Arbor, Michigan. FCS member and largely unheard of against the fifth ranked powerhouse Wolverines. The game began with hope and anticipation for a championship season for Michigan and ended with the biggest upset in college football history. That game changed the trajectory of both programs, mostly for the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium never seemed less than a major college venue with its intimidating environment and sellout crowds. Even when it played as an FCS member, this place could hang with some of the nicer FBS arenas. Set amongst the magestic Appalachian Mountains, Kidd Brewer Stadium is one of the most picturesque settings in all of sports. Few can match the natural beauty that surrounds this arena.
A nail biting finish closed Appalachian State’s homecoming as the Mountaineers eeked out a win over Elon. In the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, fans filled Kidd Brewer Stadium to see their team stretch their record to 5-0.