On Saturday, Texas A&M beat SEC rival LSU 74-72 in 7OT, tying the NCAA record for most overtimes in an FBS game. If you missed the game that fans are calling the game of the year or simply want to relive the excitement, read on for a recap and highlights of the thriller.
1st Quarter (7-7)
The majority of regulation was overshadowed by the overtime battle, but running back Trayveon Williams started things off for the Aggies. Williams ran ten yards for a touchdown, putting the Aggies up 7-0 early. LSU responded to tie it up late in the first quarter. Quarterback Joe Burrow ran 22 yards for a touchdown and would do further damage to the Aggies for the remainder of the game with his rushing ability.
2nd Quarter (Texas A&M leads 17-10)
Following the LSU touchdown, the Aggies quickly put together a scoring drive, which included twenty-yard runs from both Kellen Mond and Trayveon Williams. The drive ended with a ten-yard reception from tight end Jace Sternberger, putting the Aggies up 14-7. Later in the second quarter, a 36-yard completion put the Aggies in the red zone, setting up a 33-yard field goal to put the Aggies up 17-7. With a combination of completions and rushes from Burrow, the Tigers were in field goal range, allowing Cole Tracy to hit a 47-yard field goal as the clock ran out. This put LSU within a touchdown at the half, down 17-10.
3rd Quarter (Texas A&M leads 24-17)
With 7:42 to go in the third quarter, LSU scored to tie it up once again. Burrow was able to extend the drive on a rush to convert a third and long and ultimately hit Justin Jefferson for a touchdown reception on third down. Texas A&M responded with a three-and-out, but got the ball back on the LSU 29-yard line after a punt mishap. Inside the LSU 10-yard line, Williams had three straight carries, scoring on third down, to put the Aggies up 24-17.
4th Quarter (31-31)
The Aggies had the ball on the LSU 40-yard line, handing it off to Williams, who fumbled. Michael Divinity Jr. recovered the fumble and ran it back 58 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 24. The Aggies were unable to respond, and the next score would be a 14-yard touchdown reception by Foster Moreau from Burrow to put the Tigers up 31-24. In Texas A&M’s last drive of the game, the game appeared to be over, as Kellen Mond threw an interception to seal the win for LSU. However, before the pass attempt, Mond had fumbled the ball and recovered it, but the review showed his knee was down on the recovery, overturning the interception and giving the Aggies another chance. With one second left in regulation, Mond found Quartney Davis in the end zone for a 19-yard completion to send the game to overtime. LSU coach Ed Orgeron felt the game should have been over before the Aggies had a chance to score, with the belief that the clock ran out before Mond spiked the ball with one second left. The game was far from over, as the overtime battle was just about to start.
Texas A&M won the coin toss, electing to play defense first and held LSU to a field goal, which seemed promising for the Aggie offense. After the defense forced a 50-yard field goal, the Aggies ended up tying the game at 34 with a 23-yard kick from Seth Small, sending the game into double overtime.
2nd Overtime (41-41)
Mond kept the ball on second and goal to score a touchdown for the Aggies, putting them on top 41-34 for the time being. LSU responded with a touchdown run on fourth down by Nick Brossette, tying the game at 41 and bringing up third overtime.
3rd Overtime (49-49)
On the first play, Burrow hit Dee Anderson for a 25-yard touchdown reception. At this point, all touchdowns must be followed by a two-point conversion, which the Tigers did successfully on a pass to Jefferson, putting them up 49-41. The Aggies responded with a spectacular play: a scrambling Mond completed a 25-yard touchdown pass on an incredible one-handed grab by Kendrick Rogers. Rogers also caught the two-point conversion, tying the game at 49.
4th Overtime (52-52)
Fourth overtime consisted of field goals by each team to once again tie the game at 52 and set up fifth overtime.
5th Overtime (58-58)
On a trick play, Clyde Edwards-Helaire completed an 11-yard pass to Tory Carter to put the Tigers up six on a failed two-point conversion. On fourth down, Mond completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Rogers, tying the game at 58 with a failed two-point conversion.
6th Overtime (66-66)
The Aggies opened up sixth overtime with a 25-yard reception by Sternberger on first down. The two-point conversion was successful, putting the Aggies up 66-58, but the Tigers were not finished yet. Burrow kept the ball for a four-yard run to score the touchdown for the Tigers and completed a pass to Anderson for a successful two-point conversion. The game is now tied at 66.
7th Overtime (Texas A&M wins 74-72)
In the longest game either team has played, seventh overtime decided the winner of this wild game. Burrow rushed ten yards for a touchdown, putting the Tigers up 72-66 after failing to convert. The Aggies responded with a 17-yard completion to Davis, setting up the two-point conversion. On the first attempt, Greedy Williams interfered with the pass to Rogers, giving the Aggies another chance with the ball on the one-yard line. This was erased on a false start, but next play, Mond found Rogers in the end-zone for two, sealing the 74-72 win for the Aggies.
What a night in Aggieland!
The Aggies got their eighth win in the highest scoring game in FBS history, devastating the Tigers during Rivalry Week. This game was an incredible way to finish out the regular season for the Aggies and brutal for the Tigers, knocking them out of the Top 10. Both teams will now await their bowl game matchups, and Aggie fans everywhere will savor this win, reassured that the football program is headed in the right direction.
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