Navy Defeats North Texas 74-62
Running back Zerbin Singleton scores a touchdown during the first half. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Nov. 10, 2007
DENTON, Texas (AP) -Navy and North Texas set a major-college record by combining for 136 points in the Midshipmen's 74-62 win on Saturday.
It wasn't the highest scoring game of the season, though. Weber State and Portland State, who racked up 141 for the all-division record two weeks ago. Weber State won 73-68 in a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) game.
The previous record for college football's top tier of competition was 133 points in San Jose State's 70-63 win over Rice on Oct. 2, 2004.
Rice also had the highest score by a losing team in that game, a distinction the Mean Green missed out on by a single point.
Navy, the nation's best rushing offense, set a school record by running for 572 yards with eight rushing TDs a week after snapping a 43-year losing streak to Notre Dame.
The Midshipmen (6-4) tied a school record by scoring at least 30 points for the eighth straight game. They scored their most points in a game since beating Colby 121-0 in 1919.
Zerbin Singleton ran for three touchdowns, including a 65-yard run midway through the third quarter that pushed Navy ahead 58-49. That was the fourth straight touchdown for the Midshipmen, a stretch that put them ahead for the first time.
Singleton's 65-yard score was set up after Ram Vela intercepted a pass by Giovanni Vizza, who threw an NCAA freshman-record eight touchdown passes. Both of Vizza's interceptions came in the second half.
A week ago, Navy beat Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime. The Midshipmen and North Texas combined for more points than that by halftime, when the Mean Green led 49-45.
On Saturday, the teams combined to score 94 points in the first half and 63 in the second quarter to set two bowl subdivision records.
North Texas led 49-45 at the half. The previous record for points in a half of a major college game was 76, set by Houston and Tulsa in 1968.
North Texas led 21-10 after the first quarter, but Navy outscored the Mean Green 35-28 in the second. The Midshipmen had 325 yards of total offense in the second quarter, while North Texas gained 265.
The old mark for points in a quarter was set Nov. 6, 1999, when San Jose State and Hawaii combined to score 61 points in the fourth quarter. Hawaii won the game 62-41.