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Marshall tries to let App State score and cover, Mountaineers kneel down to win

It was a finish filled with wagering chaos in Boone, as both teams did the right thing to try and win, and the wrong thing for their betting backers.

Marshall Thundering Herd defensive back Steven Gilmore tackles Appalachian State Mountaineers wide receiver Corey Xavier Sutton during the second quarter at Kidd Brewer Stadium.  Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

With the Appalachian State Mountaineers leading the Marshall Thundering Herd 31-30 and 4:00 remaining on Thursday night, Marshall chose to punt on 4th and 16 from their own 48-yard line. That would be an easy decision if you’ve got three timeouts, but since they only had one it’s questionable.

App State running back Nate Noel, who finished with 20 carries for 187 yards, easily picked up a pair of first downs that seemed to all but salt the game away. But after Marshall took their final time out of the game, they had no other choice but to try and let App State score.

Noel however didn’t take the bait, and instead voluntarily went down on the Marshall 5-yard line. Which was absolutely the right football decision .. and a heartbreaking one for all App State -7 bettors, which is where the game closed at DraftKings Sportsbook.

That is a brutal way for App State fans to not get the cover, especially since they lost seven points on this flawless kickoff fake reverse trick play by Marshall earlier in the game.

Both teams were out here trying to win a football game, and lose the cover. Absolute betting madness in Boone tonight.

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