Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured:LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron
- Texas A&M beat LSU on Saturday night, 74-72, in SEVEN overtimes.
- The Aggies, who were fortunate to force overtime in the first place, failed to cover the 3-point spread.
LSU should probably be more careful with its premature Gatorade baths. Just a thought.
The Tigers seemed to have their regular-season finale against Texas A&M won on Saturday, but thanks to some horrific officiating, Texas A&M forced overtime on the final play of regulation, then won it 74-72 in seven overtimes.
It was the highest-scoring FBS game in college football history, and tied for the most extra sessions.
The Aggies opened as a 1.5-point favorite, but got quickly bet up to -2.5 early in the week. They were -3.5 for much of Friday and Saturday morning, and closed -3 at Pinnacle, so almost everyone with an LSU ticket got to the window. But not without sweat. Gallons and gallons of sweat.
The game ended with a bogus pass interference call on Texas A&M’s 2-point try in the seventh overtime that led to a successful conversion, but here’s what happened leading up to that.
Facing fourth-and-18 with 15 seconds left, Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond completed a pass to Quartney Davis that came up short of the first down. But the officials gave it to him anyway. For some reason, it wasn’t reviewed.
Then, Mond hit Davis again for a 19-yard touchdown as time expired to force overtime after officials put one second back on the clock.
In overtime, LSU’s Cole Tracy kicked a 50-yard field goal on the first possession, then A&M kicked one to tie it 34-34 after getting stopped on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
A touchdown there would have pushed the +3 tickets and cashed most others.
In the second overtime, A&M got the ball first and scored to go up 41-34, meaning it was covering the spread and LSU needed to get in the end zone to extend the game. It did to force a third overtime.
In that third overtime, LSU scored and converted the mandatory 2-point conversion before Kendrick Rogers made one of the best catches you’ll ever see and A&M got its 2-pointer. 49-49.
The teams traded field goals in the fourth overtime, then LSU scored a touchdown on a halfback pass and missed the 2-point conversion, before A&M scored on fourth-and-goal and missed its conversion.
That game of chicken continued for the next three overtimes, but A&M wrapped it up in the seventh overtime. The Aggies scored a touchdown to tie it, then got a fortunate pass interference call after missing its first 2-point try and converted on the second chance.
This could have been the second terrible beat in three weeks for LSU bettors, who saw running back Nick Brossette go down inside the 5-yard line on purpose when he could have scored with time winding down.