Hideous clock management at goal line gives Navy win over UConn

What in the world were you thinking, Connecticut?

After calling a timeout on second down at the Navy 1 while trailing 28-24 with 17 seconds left, UConn chose to run the ball for the game-winning touchdown. The attempt was stuffed and Navy held on for a 28-24 win because UConn couldn’t get lined up in time for another try at the end zone.

UConn called the timeout with the clock stopped after first down after a nine-yard pass to the 1. If the timeout prevented a delay-of-game penalty or another error, the decision to call it isn’t necessarily a bad decision. It just impacts what happens next.

Apparently UConn didn’t care; or it was brave enough to think a run without any timeouts would work. It clearly did not.

Had UConn thrown the ball on second down, there likely would have been time for two additional plays had the pass fallen incomplete. With 17 seconds and such little field to traverse, three downs is easily achievable. But not when you run the ball.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo was certainly happy.


UConn got in position to win after Navy took the lead with just over 3 minutes left. The Huskies drove 79 yards in 2:51 including four-straight completions to get near the goal line.

It was Navy’s first full game without quarterback Tago Smith, who was lost for the season in Week 1. QB Will Worth threw for 130 yards and ran for 46 more in Smith’s absence.

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