Western Illinois @ Appalachian State
by, 12-04-2010 at 12:14 PM (2621 Views)
BOONE, N.C. — Snow was lightly falling on the field turf at Kidd Brewer Stadium as Western Illinois kicked off to Appalachian State to start this second-round FCS playoff game.
This stadium is located in one of the most beautiful settings in college football, but today is even more pretty with snow flocking the trees and rooftops and the nearby mountainsides.
I awoke to snow at my house about 7 a.m. and by the time I arrived at the stadium three hours later, the snow was falling at a brisk pace.
In the early moments of this game, the weather conditions looked like they would play a major role, with lots of slipping and sliding.
Both teams had trouble getting their offenses untracked early, with both defenses forcing three and outs.
The referee ignored a running-into-the-kicker play on the first punt from ASU's Sam Martin.
Western Illinois punter Chris Fuchs dropped the snap on his punt, but recovered to send a low liner down the field to the ASU 29, avoiding disaster early for the Leathernecks.