Sports Minute: O'Hara crashes into end zone in Middle Tennessee's 2OT win
HOUSTON (AP) — Asher O'Hara crashed through a defender at the goal line to score on a 14-yard keeper, lifting Middle Tennessee to a 40-34 walkoff win in double overtime against Rice on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders (2-5, 2-3 Conference USA) needed last-gasp heroics twice in the final moments in order to get past Rice, which was finally playing its season opener after coronavirus issues caused seven previously scheduled games to be cancelled or postponed.
Rice seemed on the brink of victory when Mike Collins, who went 18-35-242 passing with four touchdowns, led the Owls on an 83-yard drive to grab a 34-31 lead with 34 seconds left in regulation. Collins hooked up with Austin Trammell for a 48-yard gainer when the drive appeared stalled, found Tammell for the 20-yard score and then the two-point conversion.
Middle Tennessee was not out. Crews Holt kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to knot the game at 34. The Blue Raiders went first in OT but Holt missed a 50-yarder.
Rice once again seemed on the verge of a win but Collin Riccitelli's 40-yard FG try was partially blocked by Jalen Jackson and bounced three times off the goalposts before falling back onto the field.
Three plays later O'Hara rolled left for the game-winner.
Trailing 31-26 Rice gets the ball at its 17 with 2:24 remaining.
Mike Collins pass to Jordan Myers for FD at 30 .. 17-yard pass
Mike Collins sacked by Richard Kinley -9 for 2nd-19 at 32.
Collins inc 3-19
Rice false start -5 3rd-24
Collins inc 4th-24 :047
Collins pass Austin Trammell 48 yds to Mid Tn 25 FD
Collins pass 20 to Austin Trammell TD 34 seconds left 32-31 Collins to Trammell 2-PAT 34-31
Timeout MT :05 1-10-30
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