Chazz Edmond-Paris intercepts Mettenberger on 1st play. Butler loses 13-12.
Navarro gets ball back at own 48, Garrett breaks off 17-yd run on 1st down. Bulldogs drive into Butler redzone and convert 4th and 1 at Butler 14. 1:19 seconds left and now its 3rd and 11 Navarro from the Butler 14-yard line. 4-yard run by Navarro gets ball down to 11-yard line. 4th and 8 Navarro, 1:14 left. They’re going to attempt game-winning field goal from 28 yards out. Sanchez hits 28-yard field goal, Navarro 13, Butler 12 1:11 left. Butler elected not to kick a field goal in the first half at the 4-yard line and went for 2 on both touchdowns and failed both times.
Jackson blindsides Mettenberger again, this time on 3rd and 9 and it looks like Mettenberger might be hurt. Butler punts. 6:15 4th
Navarro gets ball back at own 20 and drives to Butler 31. Big stop on 3rd and 4 by Butler … Navarro goes for it on 4th and 4 and Dennell Wesley makes big stop in backfield. Turnover on downs for Bulldogs. Butler 12, Navarro 10 8:19 4th
Zach Miller intercepts Adrian Nelson to give Butler the ball back at Navarro 43. Incredible pick. 3rd and 4 and Mettenberger annihilated by Navarro’s Toby Jackson. Butler has to punt and six Grizzlies watching ball roll inside 5 … and they let it roll into end zone. Huge special teams mistake. Butler 12, Navarro 10 11:59 4th
Three and out for Butler on that drive. End of third quarter – Butler 12, Navarro 10.
Huge hit from Butler’s Zach Miller to break up a pass and Miller is hurt and lays on field for awhile … but walks off on his own. Navarro fails on a 3rd and 9 and has to punt. Butler 12, Navarro 10 1:25 3rd
Butler starts drive on its own 23, Axon shook up and they bring in Jasper Sanders, who reels off an 11-yard run and a 12 yard run to get Butler to the Navarro 25. Cody Mills 1-yard TD run. 11 play, 77-yard drive that chewed up 5:22. another fail on 2 pt attempt. Butler 12, Navarro 10 2:28 3rd
Navarro, having its way with the Butler defense, drives to Grizz 14-yard line from its own 48 and Sanchez nails a 26-yard field goal. Navarro 10, Butler 6 7:55 3rd
46-yard return by Kendall Wrenn to Navarro 42, Mettenberger finds Wrenn on a 23-yard pass to get down to Navarro 17, Mettenberger scrambles and gets hit out of bounds to give Butler a 1st and goal at Navarro 7, Mettenberger finds Conner Combes for 11-yd TD pass but Grizz fail on 2 pt conversion attempt. Navarro 7, Butler 6 10:29 3rd quarter. Butler WILL NOT attempt any kicks this game, and that might get them.
Navarro goes 57 yards in 7 plays, 2:02 off clock, Garret scores on 2-yard TD run. Navarro 7, Butler 0 12:54 3rd
Butler kicking off to open the second half.
HALFTIME – BUTLER 0, NAVARRO 0
Butler had plenty of chances to score but couldn’t convert. The Grizzlies have been saved by their defense and it seems like the Bulldogs were starting to get some traction on offense before Reese’s pick. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and LSU head coach Les Miles both were in the hospitality suite at halftime. Also saw coaches from Ole Miss, Arkansas and Central Florida.
Nelson finds Clark for a 40-yd pass on 1st down to the Butler 20. Interception by Wichita NW product Teyon Reese, Butler gets ball back with 28 seconds left in first half. Butler runs clock out.
Butler goes 4 and out – least productive series yet – Grizzlies have to punt. 1:39 2nd
Navarro gets into Butler territory at the 35 but a big sack by DD Howard pushes Bulldogs back towards midfield and they have to punt. 3:02 2nd
Butler drives from its own 16 to Navarro’s 4-yard line and can’t score with four shots at the end zone – turnover on downs – plus a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Marcus Kennard give Navarro ball back at its own 20. Kennard is playing terrible right now. No composure. Butler 0, Navarro 0 8:13 2nd
Navarro picks up its first first down, but has to punt after an incomplete on 3rd and 4. Lots of drops so far, maybe nerves. :58 1st
Butler gets to the Navarro 33 before a Marcus Kennard drop on 3rd and 12, Butler punts. 4:31 st
Adrian Nelson gets the start for Navarro at QB and is sacked by Bishop Carroll product for a 7-yard loss on 2nd down, Navarro punts on a 4th and 16. 8:13 1st
Butler starts at its own 27, gets a couple of first downs, drive stalls out and they have to punt. 10:28 1st
It’s about 25 degrees at kickoff, wind coming in from the north. Navarro won toss and deferred to the second half.
I’m live blogging from the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg all afternoon – No. 1 Butler vs. No. 2 Navarro for the NJCAA national title. We’re about 10 minutes until kickoff.