Apocotos’ field goal lifts Aggies into overtime
KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Whittell High School grad Dusty Apocotos sent U.C. Davis’ Division II football playoff game with Texas A&M Kingsville into overtime with a 35-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining Saturday.
However, the Aggies lost when J.R. Wood recovered a teammate’s fumble in the end zone in overtime, giving Texas A&M-Kingsville the quarterfinal victory.
Apocotos also made a 43-yard field goal in the third period, pulling the Aggies to within 20-17. The sophomore from Zephyr Cove finished the season with seven field goals.
A&M-Kingsville (10-2) got the ball first in overtime and drove to the 6-yard line. Quarterback Abel Gonzalez fumbled the ball after he got near the goal line, but Wood recovered in the end zone for the go-ahead score.
UC Davis got its turn but could make it only to the 15-yard line, giving the Javelinas the win.
Gonzalez completed 12 of 22 passes for 150 yards and ran 21 times for 137 yards.
Davis scored first on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Flanigan to Michael Oliva. Kingsville responded in the second quarter when Larry Williams had a 6-yard TD run and Gonzalez threw a 41-yard TD pass to Clay Woodard.
The Aggies tied the score at 14-14 just before halftime when Flanigan threw a 13-yard pass to Oliva. Early in the fourth, defensive back Tracy James returned a UC Davis fumble 75 yards for another TD. UC Davis got a 43-yard field goal from Apocotos.
UC Davis had 477 total yards, 381 of them from Flanigan, who completed 25 of 45 passes. Kingsville totaled 437 total yards.
In this week’s semifinals, the Javelinas will play Valdosta State, which beat Carson-Newman 31-28. Davis, the fourth seed in the West, finished at 9-3.
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