ARTICLE 3. The NCAA tiebreaker system will be used when a game is tied
after four periods. NCAA football-playing rules apply, with the following
a. Immediately after the conclusion of the fourth quarter, officials will
instruct both teams to retire to their respective team areas. The officials
will assemble at the 50-yard line and review the tiebreaker procedures.
b. The officials will escort the captains (Rule 3-1-1) to the center of the
field for the coin toss. The referee shall toss a coin at midfield in the
presence of not more than four field captains from each team and
another game official, first designating the field captain of the visiting
team to call the coin toss. The winner of the toss shall choose one of the
1. Offense or defense, with the offense at the opponentís 25-yard line to
start the first possession series.
2. Which end of the field shall be used for both possession series of that
Note: The winner of the toss may not defer his choice.
c. The loser of the toss shall exercise the remaining option for the first extra
period and shall have the first choice of the two options for subsequent
even-numbered extra periods.
d. Extra periods: An extra period shall consist of two possession series with
each team putting the ball in play by a snap on or between the inbounds
lines on the designated 25-yard line, which becomes the opponentís
25-yard line. The snap shall be from midway between the inbounds
lines on the 25-yard line, unless a different position on or between the
inbounds lines is selected before the ready-for-play signal. After the
ready-for-play signal, the ball may be relocated after a charged team
timeout, unless preceded by a Team A foul or offsetting penalties.
RULE 3-1 / PERIODS, TIME FACTORS AND SUBSTITUTIONS FR-65
e. Possession series: Each team retains the ball during a possession series
until it scores or fails to make a first down. The ball remains alive after
a change of team possession until it is declared dead.
However, Team A
may not have a first and 10 if it again possesses the ball after a change
of team possession (A.R. 3-1-3-I-XII).
Team A and B designations are the same as defined in Rule 2-27-1.
f. Scoring: The team scoring the greater number of points during the
regulation and extra periods shall be declared the winner. There shall be
an equal number of possession series, as described in (e) above, in each
extra period, unless Team B scores other than on the try. Beginning with
the third extra period, teams scoring a touchdown must attempt a twopoint
try. Although not illegal, a one-point try attempt by Team A will
not score a point (A.R. 3-1-3-XIII).
g. Fouls after a change of team possession (A.R. 3-1-3-XIV-XVII):
1. Distance penalties against either team are declined by rule in extra
periods (Exceptions: Penalties for flagrant personal fouls, dead-ball
fouls and live-ball fouls treated as dead-ball fouls are enforced on the
2. A score by a team committing a foul during the down is canceled.
3. If both teams foul during the down and Team B had not fouled
before the change of possession, the fouls offset and the down is not
h. Timeouts: Each team shall be allowed one timeout for each extra period.
Timeouts not used during the regulation periods may not be carried over
into the extra period(s). Unused extra-period timeouts may not be carried
over to other extra periods. Timeouts between periods shall be charged
to the succeeding period.
Radio and television timeouts are permitted only between extra periods
(first and second, second and third, etc.). Charged team timeouts may not
be extended for radio and television purposes. The extra period(s) begins
when the ball is first snapped.