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Jeffrey Marcin borrowed the phrase, but his flawless impromptu delivery and unbridled joy resulted in the radio call of the college football season.

“Holy Mother Meatballs!”

That’s what Marcin, the 21-year-old sports director for Appalachian State student radio station 90.5-FM WASU, shouted during his live call of the Mountaineers’ Hail Mary touchdown to beat Troy, 32-28, on Saturday.

The phrase tumbled out thanks to Marcin’s quick thinking.

“I was saying Holy-something, and I couldn’t say multiple four-letter words that are not allowed on airwaves,” Marcin, a senior from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, told me this week, “so that’s what spewed out of me.”

Marcin credits the phrase to Tiktok creator @Mike525457, a New York Giants fan who has used the “Holy Mother Meatballs!” line in jubilant videos. Marcin had seen those videos, and the phrase popped into his head as he searched for words to describe Appalachian State’s great escape.

For many, though, Marcin’s call became their introduction to “Holy Mother Meatballs!”

“I can confidently say I’ve never heard Holy Mother Meatballs before he said it,” said Kody Bair, a 20-year-old App State junior and Marcin’s color commentator for the broadcast.

Bair watched in disbelief, speechless, as he gave Marcin the runaway to describe the unfathomable finish. As Marcin’s words sunk in, Bair did a mental double-take.

“Did he just say ‘Holy Mother Meatballs?’” Bair remembers thinking. “People are going to love this.”

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