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North Texas Works a Lot of Overtime

October 08, 2006|Peter Yoon

North Texas was the only Division I-A team that had never played an overtime game, but the Mean Green made up for lost time Saturday by defeating Florida International, 25-22, in an NCAA-record-tying seven overtimes.

Denis Hopovac connected on the game-winning field goal from 34 yards out after he and Florida International counterpart Dustin Rivest each missed four field-goal tries in overtime.

Hopovac tied an NCAA record with nine field-goal attempts. He made five.

The NCAA instituted the overtime rule in 1996. On Sept. 23, Navy lost an overtime game, leaving North Texas as the only Division I-A school that had never played past regulation.

The other two seven-overtime games involved Arkansas -- against Mississippi in 2001 and Kentucky in 2003.

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-- Peter Yoon

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