After scoring 18 points in the final nine and a half minutes of the fourth quarter to force overtime, the Navy Midshipmen were undone in the extra frame by a blocked extra point, losing to the Air Force Falcons 35-34 in Annapolis.
Air Force chose to play defense to begin overtime, and Navy was able to punch the ball into the end zone on their opening possession after picking up a crucial fourth and inches down near the goal line. Quarterback Kriss Proctor dove in for his third rushing touchdown of the game, but unfortunately the Navy quarterback was called for a taunting penalty after the score, forcing a 35 yard extra point attempt, an attempt blocked by Air Force.
On the ensuing Air Force possession, the Falcon were able to score on the strength of quarterback Tim Jefferson's legs, his third touchdown of the game (second on the ground). Falcons kicker Parker Herrington made his extra point attempt, and the Naval Academy's valiant comeback attempt was quickly forgotten as Air Force left the field with a one point victory.
Navy falls to 2-2 on the year, and perhaps more importantly for the school, will have little chance to regain the coveted Commander-in-Chief's trophy currently in the Air Force Academy's possession. Statistically, the Midshipmen dominated the Falcons, in terms of first downs, plays run, total yards and time of possession, but too many missed opportunities in the red zone and two huge kicking gaffes ultimately came back to haunt them in the crushing loss.
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