Navy Escapee Sets Up Army Victory In Series’ First OT Game

PHILADELPHIA — Navy’s Anton Hall Jr. lost a fumble on the goal line in second overtime and it helped set up Quinn Maretzki’s game-winning 39-yard field goal as the Army beat the Midshipmen 20- 17 Saturday night in the first OT game in the 123-game Rivalry Series.

There wasn’t much offense throughout the game until the final moments of regulation when Maretzki threw for 37 yards with 1:53 left to tie it at 10-all.

An exciting extension followed.

The NCAA instituted overtime in 1996, and the series never needed to go one step further to settle one of sport’s biggest rivalry games.

Army’s Markel Johnson rushed 25 yards for a touchdown in the first play of overtime for a 17-10 lead, and Navy tied the Black Knights when Xavier Arline threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Maquel Haywood who did 17-all.

It was the first time the Navy had finished the game and Arline had perhaps the smoothest 1-on-1 game for 25 yards in Navy history. He also ran for 102 yards.

Hall – who had earlier rushed 77 yards for a TD – spat the ball as he dove towards the end zone and stood dejected after the game at Lincoln Financial Field as the fireworks go off.

Navy still leads the series 62-54-7. The Black Knights, however, have won five of the last seven encounters.

The Army finished 6-6 and the Navy 4-8.

The teams combined for just 53 passing yards.

One of Cade Ballard’s few passing attempts for Army was successful when a pass interference call brought the ball home at 28 with 4 minutes left on a drive that set up the tying basket by Maretzki.

Ballard passed 2 of 10 for 28 yards.


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