1:30 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Navy Memorial Stadium, ANNAPOLIS, MD
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Tulsa and Navy were so closely matched, it was only fitting the game came down to the final play.
Nick Graham blocked an extra-point attempt by Navy's Matt Harmon to give Tulsa a 24-23 victory Saturday in the first-ever overtime game for the Midshipmen.
Navy (3-1) needed just one play to score. Brian Hampton completed a 25-yard pass to O.J. Washington, who barely stayed inbounds in the back of the end zone. But Graham broke through the Navy line to block Harmon's kick.
Officials reviewed Navy's touchdown to make sure Washington had come down inbounds, giving Tulsa extra time to prepare for the conversion kick.
"We did not know if (the TD pass) was good or not, but I told our defense that no matter what happens, we are going to find a way to win," Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "If we have to go back on the field for a PAT, we are going to find a way to block it. We got a great push up the middle and blocked it."
The teams were tied at 7 at halftime, and it was 14-all entering the fourth quarter. Harmon's career-best 39-yard field goal put Navy ahead 17-14 with 9:57 remaining, but Tracy matched it with a 29-yard kick with 6:13 left.
North Texas State is now the only Division I-A school never to play an overtime game.
"We were all right with it," Navy coach Paul Johnson said of playing overtime. "We practice overtime a lot. We scored in one play."
Johnson was critical of two crucial calls late in the game. An illegal procedure penalty before the Midshipmen's last field goal cost them five yards, and Johnson said Tulsa should have been called for delay of game before its tying field goal.
"Clearly the 25-second clock ran out" before Tracy got his kick off, Johnson said.
"It was a tough one for either team to lose," Johnson said. "It was a screwy game with few possessions. It became a big deal to execute. ... We didn't need to go into overtime. We just didn't get it done."
The Golden Hurricane amassed 444 yards of total offense -- the most this season against the Midshipmen.
"I thought (Smith) did a good job taking what they gave us," Kragthorpe said. "We had to throw the ball underneath, but our guys made catches and advanced the ball."
Hampton rushed for 118 yards on 30 carries, scored on a 1-yard run and completed six of 11 passes for 73 yards to lead a Navy offense that gained 356 yards. Adam Ballard added 87 yards on 16 carries.
Shun White scored Navy's first touchdown on a 26-yard run in the second quarter.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-15||5-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-2|
|TD||11:05||SHUN WHITE 26 YD RUN (MATTHEW HARMON KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||6:15||RYAN BUGG 34 YD PASS FROM PAUL SMITH (JAROD TRACY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:53||BRIAN HAMPTON 1 YD RUN (MATTHEW HARMON KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yards.
|TD||3:17||TED CURTIS 7 YD PASS FROM PAUL SMITH (JAROD TRACY KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 87 yards.
|FG||9:57||MATTHEW HARMON 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yards.
|FG||6:13||JAROD TRACY 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||0:00||DONNIE JOHNSON 6 YD PASS FROM PAUL SMITH (JAROD TRACY KICK)||24||17|
|TD||0:00||O.J. WASHINGTON 25 YD PASS FROM BRIAN HAMPTON (BLOCKED XP)||24||23|