CLEMSON – Chase Brice, who earned a permanent spot in Clemson lore by coming off the bench to save Clemson football’s 2018 national championship season, continues to add to his legend.
Only now he’s doing it at Appalachian State.
The quarterback's latest claim to fame came Saturday when his 53-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game lifted the Mountaineers to a 32-28 win against Troy.
"I called him and said he and I need to go to Vegas, like right now,” Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney said. “Man, unbelievable. His comment was, ‘Winners win,’ and I loved it. That’s Chase to the core, man – he’s a winner."
He was a winner at Clemson, too.
In the fifth game of the 2018 season, Brice led the Tigers’ on a game-winning, 94-yard drive in the closing minutes after replacing injured starter Trevor Lawrence against Syracuse. He had a fourth-down completion and a 17-yard run during that drive, which resulted in a 27-23 victory that kept the Tigers' unbeaten record intact and led to a second national title in three years.
Brice played for the Tigers from 2017-19 before transferring to Duke for the 2020 season. He then transferred to Appalachian State in 2021 and promptly set the school’s all-time passing yardage record last season.
But he’s saved his biggest heroics for this season.
Brice threw a school-record six touchdown passes and keyed a 40-point fourth quarter in a 63-61 loss against North Carolina in the season opener, then followed up that performance by engineering a 17-14 victory at No. 6 Texas A&M.
But the coup de grace came with his Hail Mary heave, which was tipped by Dalton Stroman into the hands of Christian Horn, who skirted the Troy defense from 8 yards out for the winning score.
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None of what has unfolded for Brice at Appalachian State has surprised Brandon Streeter, his former position coach at Clemson.
“I’m so proud of Chase,” Streeter said. “I love that guy. We had a great relationship when he was here and I’m just happy that he’s happy. He’s doing some really good stuff, he’s at a great program with App State and man, it was exciting to watch that last play.
“Just to see him succeed like he’s doing, it’s been really, really special. And not just this week, but last week against Texas A&M, being able to come out on top. I’m just excited for him and his journey; everybody’s got a different journey, and his journey is paying off.”
Brice, who attended Clemson’s spring game in April and is the nephew of Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn, has completed 62 percent of his passes for 773 yards and nine touchdowns against one interception in Appalachian’s 2-1 start, but hasn’t lost his humble attitude.
Streeter said he wasn’t shocked to learn that Brice helped Mountaineers fans climb safely out of the bleachers and onto the field to celebrate the victory against Troy.
“He’s a very well-liked guy,” Streeter said. “Everybody on the team loved Chase Brice when he was here and I’m sure it’s the same at App State. He gets along with everybody, every position group wants to be around him. He’s just one of those guys that everybody has fun around.”
“I’m really happy for him, really proud of him," Swinney said. "He’s a great young man and has become a great leader for them. They all believe in him. He’s just one of those guys who finds a way – that’s who he is. Love that guy. He’s a good one.”
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Clemson football, Dabo Swinney celebrate Chase Brice App State heroics