CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Four Appalachian State fans took a slow elevator ride down at Finley Stadium after their school's historic win. They might have been the only Mountaineers fans who didn't rush the field.

Armanti Edwards threw three touchdown passes, and Appalachian State capped its historic season with a 49-21 win over Delaware on Friday night for its third consecutive title in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Appalachian State has only one problem with the historic three-peat run: The program that kicked off this season with the shocking win at Michigan needs its fans to control their celebration.

With 3 minutes, 29 seconds to play, Appalachian State fans jumped onto the field and surrounded the Delaware bench. Police had to restrain them, as fans were getting autographs while the game was still being played.

Delaware coach K.C. Keeler's only problem with the premature celebration was that so many fans swarmed the field that he and his Blue Hens couldn't get to the Mountaineers and coach Jerry Moore to congratulate them. He had to go to their locker room to do that.

"I understand these fans. They've kind of been percolating for the last 12 hours. But I wanted to make sure I saw Coach Moore," Keeler said. "They're a great fan base. They should be excited about their third national championship. It is what it is. You can't blame the fans for getting excited about that."

No. 13 Delaware (11-4) was looking for its second championship in five years. The Blue Hens had rallied from 10-0 deficits in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Not this time.

Quarterback Joe Flacco, a former star at Audubon High School in South Jersey, was 23 for 48 for 336 yards and a touchdown for Delaware.