On September 1, 2007, Appalachian State stunned the sports world by defeating college football's all-time winningest program, the University of Michigan, 34-32, in front of 109,218 at U-M's famed "Big House." By beating the Wolverines, the nation's fifth-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll, Appalachian became the first NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision team to ever defeat a nationally ranked Football Bowl Subdivision team. The victory also prompted the AP to change its 71-year-old policy to allow all Division I teams, regardless of subdivision, to receive votes in its Top 25 poll.
This heart-stopper of a game ended with Julian Rauch kicking a 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and Corey Lynch blocking a field goal attempt in the final seconds to preserve the upset.
Following the historic win, Appalachian State wide receiver, Dexter Jackson appeared on the cover of the September 10, 2007 edition of Sports Illustrated.