The Fightin’ Knights had the lead throughout the game until a penalty turned an ordinary victory into a thrilling finish that required two overtimes. The Knights took the early lead at 6-0 in the first quarter. The Knights scored again to go up 12-0 in the second half and managed to build that lead to 20-6 by the third quarter.
The Mustangs scored at the end of the third quarter to close the gap to 20-12 after a failed two-point conversion attempt. The touchdown was set up an interception on the Knights 35 yard line. The Mustangs took the ball and scored after five plays with a pass into the left end zone.
It looked like that was the way the game was going to end with one second remaining on the clock. The Mustangs had managed to stop the clock and they had time to run just one more play. The Knights’ fans had become to celebrate along the sidelines.
The Mustangs ran a passing play, but a couple of Knights flushed the Quarterback out of the pocket before he had a chance to pass. As the Quarterback scrambled, he was tackled for a loss after the clock had run out and the buzzer had sounded. The music of celebration began to blare out over the loud speakers. The score remained 20-12 for the Knights.
But one of the officials called a personal foul on the Knights as they sacked the Quarterback. One second was put back on the scoreboard and gave one more play to the Mustangs. This time the Mustangs hit for a touch down to pull within two points at 20-18. They converted on a two-point play and tied the score at 20-20 with no time on the clock.
After a coin toss in the overtime, the Mustangs got the ball first at the 10 yard line. They managed to drive in for the score to take the first overtime lead at 26-20. The two-point pass play after the touch down put the Mustangs up 28-20.
The Knights rallied in their possession and quickly scored in two plays to pull back within two at 28-26. They had no other choice but to go for the two-point conversion. Knights Quarterback A.J. Smith went back into shotgun formation, but he was rushed heavily by the Mustangs. As he was hit, he threw a pass to the left corner of the end zone where the receiver managed to catch the ball just above the turf to tie the score at 28-28.
In the second overtime, the Mustangs ran a dive for little or no gain. On the next play, they passed into the end zone, but the Knights came up with an interception to stop the Mustangs’ drive.
It was now the Knights turn. They ran the ball for a five yard gain on the first play. On the next play, they again handed it off into the middle and the Knights scored for the winning touch down to make 34-28 and the victory.
The crowd that had begun to drift off the bleachers early at the end of regulation ended up standing along the fence to watch the thrilling finish.