The longest overtime games in FCS college football history

, Harvard and Princeton almost made history with Princeton's 18-16 win in a five-overtime thriller on Oct. 23.

The game fell one overtime short of the record, finished off by a Cole Smith two-point conversion pass to Jacob Birmelin

that gave the Tigers sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.

The game remained low-scoring despite the abundance of overtimes because teams exchanged field

 In the new rule instituted before the 2021 season, teams must alternate two-point conversion attempts starting with the third extra period.

Both the Crimson and Tigers failed on their attempts in the second, third and fourth overtime periods.

Princeton finally converted in the fifth, before a Tiger stop on Harvard's ensuing possession ended the game.

Twenty-three years before Harvard and Princeton's multiple-overtime battle,

 the record for most overtime periods played by an FCS team was set by Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 26, 1998.

Bethune-Cookman defeated Virginia State — a Division II opponent — in eight overtimes 63-57.

The second-most overtimes played by an FCS team came on Sept. 10, 2022.

Eastern Kentucky pulled off an FCS-over-FBS upset, knocking off Bowling Green 59-57 in seven overtimes.

Among two FCS opponents, the record for most overtimes in a game is six, happening on three different occasions since overtime entered the NCAA.

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