LSU Comes Up Short in NCAA's Wildest Game, 74-72
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In the highest-scoring and longest game in NCAA FBS history, the seventh-ranked LSU Football team fell to No. 22 Texas A&M, 74-72, in seven overtimes on Saturday at Kyle Field.
LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) looked to have the game won in regulation, however, a video review nullified an interception and allowed Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3 SEC) to force overtime with a last-second touchdown that tied the game at 31-31.
There were 84 points scored in the extra periods, with the final two being a two-point conversion pass by Texas A&M's Kellen Mond to wide receiver Kendrick Rogers. The previous NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for combined points scored in a game was 137 (76-61 Pitt win over Syracuse).
Quarterback Joe Burrow led the way for LSU, completing 25-of-38 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns while rushing 29 times for 100 yards and three more scores.
The Tigers await a postseason bowl destination for the 19th-straight season will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Texas A&M was led by Mond, who finished 23-of-49 passing for 287 yards with six touchdowns. He added 42 rushing yards with a score. Running back Trayveon Williams had 198 rushing yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns.
Texas A&M outgained LSU, 521-496, in a contest that lasted 4 hours, 53 minutes.
NCAA Records Set
- Most points, both teams, in NCAA Division I history (146); previous was 137 by Pitt and Syracuse (76-61) on 11/26/16.
- Most points scored (72) by a losing team (in overtime); previous was 67 by Nevada on 10/14/07 (4 OT)
- Most points scored, both teams, in overtime game (146); previous was 136 by Boise St. and Nevada on 10/14/07 (4 OT)
- Tied-Most Overtime Periods (7, 5 times; last: Western Michigan (71) vs. Buffalo (68), Oct. 7, 2017.)
LSU Records/Historical Notes
- Most points by LSU (72) since 9/24/77 vs. Rice (77)
- Third-most points (72) by LSU in SEC era (1933); scored 93 vs. Southwestern La. on 11/21/1936; scored 77 on 9/24/77 vs. Rice.
- Longest game by duration (4 hours, 53 minutes); previous long was 4:27 on 10/13/07 at Kentucky (3 OT's).
- Two two-point PAT's receiving tied a school record (4 times, last 12/29/2000 vs. Georgia Tech in 2000 Peach Bowl).
- LSU's 90 plays was its most since recording 95 on 11/23/07 vs. Arkansas (3 OT's)
- Joe Burrow's 6 TD's responsible for (3 pass, 3 rush) is a school record; previous was 5 set 7 times, last: Leonard Fournette (4 rush, 1 rec.) vs. Texas Tech in 2015 Texas Bowl (12/29/15).
- Burrow's 67 plays (38 pass, 29 rush) is a school record; previous was Josh Booty (58 pass, 3 rush) vs. Auburn in 1999.
- Burrow's 464 plays in 2018 (345 pass, 119 rush) is a school record; previous was Matt Flynn (359 pass, 100 rush) in 2007.
- Burrow recorded the ninth 100-yard rushing game by an LSU quarterback (29 att., 100 yds., 3 TD's).
- Burrow's 29 rushing attempts were the most by an LSU quarterback since 1943 (43 by Steve Van Buren), second-most in school history. The most by an LSU QB in recent history was 25 (Alan Risher vs. Tulane on 11/22/80).
- Burrow tied school record for most TD's by a QB in a game (3; 5 times; last: Herb Tyler vs. Kentucky, 10/17/1998).
- Burrow tied school record for most TD's by a QB in a season (7; 7 times, last: Jordan Jefferson in 2010).
LSU Opponent Notes
- Most points by an opponent (74; all games in program history); previous record was 63 by Texas A&M on 10/31/1914.
- Most plays by an LSU opponent (107); previous record was 100 by Clemson in 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl on 12/31/12.
- Tied-Most touchdowns receiving by an LSU opponent (6); also, 10/6/01 by Florida.
- Most two-point PAT's receiving by an LSU opponent (3); previous record was 2 by Tennessee on 9/30/00 (1 OT).
Texas A&M won the toss and deferred its decision until the second half.
The teams traded three-straight three-and-out drives to start the game, as White earned a 12-yard sack of Mond for the Tigers.
The Aggies earned the first points of the evening with a 10-play, 95-yard drive that included only one third-down conversion. A 24-yard rush by Williams along with a 15-yard personal foul on LSU put Texas A&M in the red zone, where Williams scored on a first-down run from the 10.
Texas A&M led 7-0 with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter.
LSU answered with a 12-play scoring drive of its own, covering 75 yards and ending with a 22-yard bootleg by Burrow to the right corner of the end zone. Burrow completed 4-of-5 passes and ran three times for 39 yards to tie the game at 7-7 with 48 seconds left in the quarter.
A 20-yard run by Williams started the ensuing Aggies drive, and Mond's 13-yard pass to Jhamon Ausbon moved Texas A&M into LSU territory. Mond had a 20-yard keeper and a short run on third-and-1 to setup a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jace Sternberger.
With 10:31 left in the half, the Aggies gained a 14-7 advantage following the 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that lasted 5:17.
Four of the Tigers' next five plays went for at least 10 yards to the Aggies 38, but the drive stalled following a delay of game penalty and a 9-yard sack of Burrow by Daylon Mack.
Cole Tracy's 49-yard field goal attempt hit the left goal post and bounced away.
Texas A&M added a Seth Small 33-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining in the half, as White again stopped Mond on a third-down run that forced the kick. The Aggies led 17-7.
The Aggies kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Tigers good field position to score before the half. Burrow gained first downs on an 11-yard pass to Ja'Marr Chase and a 7-yard run to the Aggies 37. With three seconds remaining, LSU called its final timeout to setup Tracy's 48-yard field goal as time expired.
LSU trailed at the break, 17-10, as Burrow accounted for 172 of the Tigers' 174 yards of total offense - 120 passing and 54 rushing.
Just as it started the game, LSU's defense adjusted and forced a three-and-out. A 59-yard Aggies punt and a return by Jonathan Giles of minus-4 yards had LSU at its 10 to start the drive.
Unfazed by the field position, Burrow and Brossette led the Tigers down the field to a game-tying score.
Brossette runs of 9 and 7 yards gave the Tigers a first down, then Burrow connected with Justin Jefferson for 24 yards to midfield. A 12-yard run by Burrow on third-and-8 and a 2-yard run on third-and-1 moved the chains two more times to the Aggies 11.
On third-and-6, Burrow lofted a pass to Jefferson who came down with a 7-yard touchdown. Tracy's PAT tied the game at 17-17 with 7:42 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers defense forced three-straight incomplete passes by Mond and another Braden Mann punt. LSU punt returner Jonathan Giles muffed the reception at the LSU 29 and Texas A&M's Buddy Johnson recovered.
The first turnover of the game was costly, as the Aggies converted it into a 1-yard touchdown run by Williams. Texas A&M led 24-17 with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
Sacks by both teams led to quick punts. Then, LSU was able to get first downs with a 16-yard run by Brossette and an 11-yard catch by Jefferson to the LSU 46. However, consecutive sacks of Burrow led to Zach Von Rosenberg's fourth punt of the game.
Helped by a dead ball personal foul, Texas A&M started on its 34-yard line with 12:24 remaining in the game. After an 18-yard pass from Mond to fullback Cullen Gillaspia, LSU called timeout to get its defensive personnel correct.
On the next play, Williams caught a short pass in the flat and Devin White wrapped him up, spun him around and pulled the ball loose. Michael Divinity Jr. picked up the ball at the LSU 42 and raced 58 yards for a game-tying touchdown.
With 10:12 to play, LSU and Texas A&M were tied at 24-24.
LSU's defense wasn't done. A tackle for a 6-yard loss by JaCoby Stevens stymied the Aggies' ensuing drive and forced a 52-yard punt.
The Tigers used the momentum swing to quickly take their first lead of the game. On first down, Fournette raced 46 yards around the left end to the Aggies 30. Runs of 9 and 7 yards by Brossette led to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to Moreau, who barreled over a defender inside the five and flipped into the end zone.
LSU led 31-24 with 6:41 remaining.
Texas A&M's first attempt to tie the game came up short, as LSU's defense turned over the Aggies on downs at the LSU 34. On fourth-and-5, Mond escaped from the pocket but was quickly chased down by Jacob Phillips before White and Glen Logan made the tackle two yards short of the line to gain.
Though LSU wasn't able to pick up a first down, it forced Texas A&M to use its remaining timeout and punted the ball to the Aggies 22 with 1:29 remaining.
Mond was able to pull off the improbable game-tying drive, advancing 78 yards in 12 plays to tie the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Quartney Davis in the middle of the end zone as time expired.
LSU thought it had won the game when Grant Delpit intercepted Mond with 0:36 seconds to play, however, after video review, it was determined that Mond went down to his knee to recover a fumbled snap. As time expired, Mond found Quartney Davis for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
In the first overtime period, Texas A&M won the coin toss and elected to start on defense. A sack of Burrow forced LSU to try a 50-yard field goal. Tracy made it with room to spare and LSU led 34-31.
Texas A&M earned first-and-goal at the LSU 1, but the Tigers defense stiffened and also forced a 23-yard field goal by Small.
Tied at 34-34 to start the second overtime, the Aggies needed only four plays to take a touchdown advantage on 3-yard run by Mond.
On LSU's attempt to match the score, Burrow rushed eight yards to the 11 for a first down. Following Burrow runs of 6 and 2 yards to the 3, Brossette stretched his fourth-down run over the goal line. Tracy's PAT was true and the game was again tied, 41-41.
In the third overtime period, LSU wasted no time going for the end zone. On first down, Burrow fired a 25-yard pass to Anderson in the right corner. Having to attempt a two-point conversion in the third OT period, Burrow rolled to his right and fired another strike to Jefferson to put the Tigers ahead 49-41.
The Aggies took one more play to match the Tigers, scoring on a remarkable 25-yard catch by Kendrick Rogers. Rogers also made a catch in the back of the end zone for two points to tie the game once again at 49-49.
In the fourth overtime period, the Aggies started the drive by gaining a first down on a Williams rush. Following an incomplete pass, LSU's Phillips was called for targeting and ejected from the game, giving Texas A&M first-and-goal at the 8. On third-and-goal from the 4, Mond was forced out of the pocked and threw an incomplete pass. The Aggies settled for a 21-yard field goal by Small to take a 52-49 lead.
On the first play of LSU's fourth OT, Burrow had room to run up the middle but chose to connect with Moreau for 17 yards to the Texas A&M 8. Consecutive runs went for only two yards to the 6. After a timeout, Burrow found no one open and ran to the 3. After a delay of game, Tracy made a 26-yard field goal to tie the game at 52-52.
In the fifth overtime, Burrow found fullback Tory Carter open for 12 yards and a first down at the 13. On second-and-8 from the 11, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire took a handoff from Burrow and ran right, pulled up and pitched a touchdown pass to Carter. LSU's two-point play was incomplete to Jefferson. The Tigers led 58-52.
A&M's answer looked to come quickly, as Mond ran for 21 yards to the 4 on first down. However, three plays went for minus-2 yards. On fourth-and-goal from the 6, Mond connected with Rogers for a tying touchdown. On the two-point play, Mond had time but was unable to find an open receiver in the end zone. The game remained tied 58-58.
In the sixth overtime, Mond went straight to the end zone on first down, connecting with Sternberger who got behind Delpit for the touchdown. The two-point play was a catch by Rogers in the back-right corner of the end zone, and Texas A&M led 66-58.
After an 8-yard gain by Burrow, Brossette was dropped for a loss of 4 yards at the 21. On third down, Jefferson went between three defenders for a 17-yard catch to the 4. On the next play, Burrow faked a handoff and ran for the touchdown. On the two-point play, Burrow stood in the pocket and found Anderson with a fastball that tied the game at 66-66.
In the seventh overtime period, LSU again went straight for Anderson on first down. This time, pass interference was called and LSU had first-and-goal at the 10. Burrow then took it into his own hands, carrying for the 29th time and eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark with his sixth touchdown of the game. LSU's two-point play was tipped at the line and completed to Anderson, but he wasn't able to reach the goal line.
On third-and-15 from his 17, Mond connected with Davis across the middle for a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game at 72-72. On the two-point play, Greedy Williams was flagged for pass interference and then unsportsmanlike conduct. Following an LSU timeout, Texas A&M was flagged for a false start. From his 5-yard line, Mond was able to scan the field and complete the two-point conversion to Rogers to end the game and send the Aggie faithful onto the field.