Navy Drops 24-23 Overtime Decision To Tulsa
Sept. 23, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Nick Graham blocked an extra-point attempt by Navy's Matt Harmon on the final play to give Tulsa a 24-23 victory Saturday in the first-ever overtime game for the Midshipmen.
After the teams finished regulation tied at 17, Tulsa (3-1) got the ball first in overtime. Paul Smith threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Johnson and Jarod Tracy's extra point made it 24-17.
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.
North Texas State is now the only Division I-A school never to play an overtime game.
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.
Smith completed 24 of 36 passes for a career-high 285 yards. His three touchdown passes included a 34-yarder to Ryan Bugg in the second quarter and a 7-yarder to Ted Curtis in the third.
Bugg finished with five catches for 97 yards, and Idris Moss had 104 yards on four catches. Brandon Diles ran for 90 yards on 15 carries and added six catches for 29 yards.
The Golden Hurricane amassed 444 yards of total offense - the most this season against the Midshipmen.
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.