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
RULE 3 / PERIODS, TIME FACTORS AND SUBSTITUTIONS FR-45
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 may not defer the choice and shall choose one of the
1. Offense or defense, with the offense at the opponent’s 25-yard line to
start the first possession series.
2. Which end of the field shall be used for both possession series of that
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 hash marks
on the designated 25-yard line (unless relocated by penalty), which becomes
the opponent’s 25-yard line. The snap shall be from midway between the
hash marks, unless the offensive team selects a different position on or
between the hash marks before the ready-for-play signal. After the readyfor-
play signal, the ball may be relocated after a charged team timeout,
unless preceded by a Team A foul or offsetting fouls.
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
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 two-point try. Although
not illegal, a one-point try attempt by Team A will not score a point (A.R.
g. Fouls after a change of team possession (A.R. 3-1-3-XI-XIV):
1. Penalties against either team are declined by rule in extra periods
(Exceptions: Penalties for flagrant personal fouls, unsportsmanlike
conduct fouls, dead-ball personal fouls and live-ball fouls treated as
dead-ball fouls are enforced on the succeeding play).
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 cancel and the down is not repeated.
FR-46 RULE 3 / PERIODS, TIME FACTORS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
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.