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Ball State Slips by Navy in Overtime

Wyatt Middleton tries to scoop up a Ball State fumble during the first half. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Wyatt Middleton tries to scoop up a Ball State fumble during the first half. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Sept. 15, 2007

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -Jake Hogue kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime, giving Ball State a 34-31 victory Saturday.

The teams combined for more than 1,000 yards in total offense, but the game turned after most of that yardage had been accumulated.

First, the Cardinals (2-1) forced overtime when Brandon Crawford blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt by Navy's Matt Harmon as time expired.

Then, on the first play of overtime, Ball State recovered a fumble by backup quarterback Jarod Bryant, who entered in the second half for injured starter Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada.

Navy (1-2) finished with 585 yards, including 521 on the ground. Ball State amassed 539 yards, 277 of them on passes by Nate Davis.

Davis went 19-for-33, throwing three touchdown passes and running for another. MiQuale Lewis finished with 161 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Eric Kettani ran for 126 yards for Navy and Kaheaku-Enhada had 117 before leaving at halftime with two sprained ankles.

Kettani put Navy ahead with a 71-yard run that made it 31-24 with 7:17 left. The fullback burst through a hole at the line and cut toward the outside before beating two pursuers to the corner of the end zone.

Ball State came right back, tying it with a 12-yard touchdown pass from White to Lewis.

Earlier, Navy took a 24-21 lead with 11:28 left when Harmon kicked a 25-yard field goal to finish a 67-yard drive. Hogue retied it by kicking a 27-yard field goal with 8:12 to go.

Navy played without defensive starters Clint Sovie and Jeff Deliz. Sovie, a linebacker, had season-ending ankle surgery Thursday and Sovie, a safety, is lost for the season after having surgery on his leg on the same day.

Down 21-14, Navy turned to Bryant at the start of the third quarter. Bryant delivered, running twice for 18 yards to set up a 24-yard touchdown run by Kettani.

Entering the fourth quarter, the score (21-21) and the yardage (395-395) were perfectly even. Even the penalties (three apiece) were identical.

Davis threw for 127 yards and Lewis ran for 95 to help the Cardinals take a 21-14 halftime lead.

Navy took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 12 running plays to go up 7-0, but Davis answered with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darius Hill.

After a Navy punt, Ball State used a trick play to take a 14-7 lead. Wide receiver Dante Love took the snap in shotgun formation and sent a long lateral to Davis, who threw a pass back to Love. Love caught the ball in stride and ran down the right sideline for a 50-yard score.

The Midshipmen tied it when Kaheaku-Enhada ran 80 yards for a touchdown. Not to be outdone, Davis finished an 80-yard drive by running in from the 5.


 

 

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