Rapid Reaction: 7 OTs! Texas A&M edges LSU in 74-72 thriller
Texas A&M won a game in 7 overtimes that it thought it had lost in regulation Saturday night.
Trailing 31-24, Aggies QB Kellen Mond threw an interception in the final minute of regulation against LSU, but replays showed his knee was down when he picked up the ball. The play was overturned. A&M maintained possession, maintained hope.
And soon after, Mond delivered the biggest throw of his young career, hitting Quartney Davis for a 19-yard TD with 1 second left. The point after forced overtime.
The first of 7 overtimes.
That’s where the Aggies, who had 3 separate leads in regulation, finally won, 74-72, converting the winning 2-point conversion after two penalties against LSU. Mond hit Kendrick Rogers for the winning points.
It was the highest scoring game in SEC history. Eighty-four points were scored in the overtime periods.
The victory snapped A&M’s 7-game losing streak to the Tigers.
LSU, which had traded blows every step up the way, finally came up short.
That’s how it ended. This is how we got to that point once overtime started:
After A&M’s defense pushed LSU back, Cole Tracy drilled a 50-yard field goal for a 34-31 lead.
A&M caught another break when officials ruled Jace Sternberger dropped a pass soon after taking a big hit. LSU recovered the ball, but it wasn’t ruled a fumble.
Again, A&M maintained possession, maintained hope. After LSU’s defense tightened with a goal-line stand, Small kicked a 23-yard field goal to force the second overtime.
Mond scored the game-winner on A&M’s next possession, scoring on a 3-yard run.
LSU looked like it had completed a tying TD, but the ball was stripped at the last second. No matter. After a series of Joe Burrow runs, Nick Brossette scored on 4th-and-2. Tracy’s extra point tied it at 41.
On the first play of triple overtime, Burrow’s 25-yard pass to Dee Anderson and subsequent 2-point conversion put LSU back on top. A&M answered, when Kendrick Rogers caught a miraculous touchdown and added the easier 2-point conversion.
In the 4th OT, Small’s 21-yard field goal put Texas A&M ahead 52-49, but Tracy tied it with a 26-yard field goal.
Both teams threw touchdown passes and missed the 2-point conversion in the 5th overtime, making it 58-all heading to the 6th overtime.
Both teams traded touchdowns and 2-point conversions in the 6th overtime, making it 66-all heading into the 7th.
Mond finished with 6 TD passes. LSU counterpart Joe Burrow threw 3 TD passes and also ran for 3 TDs.