LSU and Texas AM played the highest-scoring game in FBS history, 74-72. It was a wild ending in College Station that had everything a college football ending could have.
There was questionable officiating, a premature Gatorade bath, and a last-second touchdown to send the game to seven overtimes, tying the record for longest FBS game ever.
First, LSU thought they had a game-clinching interception on third-and-18.
However, after review, it was overturned and called incomplete. Before the review was made, Ed Orgeron got his celebratory Gatorade bath from his players:
This happened at 10:50 ET. Note where we are at the end of all of this after the game was presumed over at this point.
Then, Texas AM completed this fourth-and-18 from their own 39-yard line.
The Aggies’ Quartney Davis appears to clearly be short of the first down, and everyone was pretty upset about it! However, it was good and fine:
For the record, the call was correct. It was a 1st down.
The first down TV line was incorrect and was on the 41, not the 43 yard line that it should have been. https://t.co/qeDKlBhJDd
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 25, 2018
Those times when the broadcast usually reminds you that “the yellow line is not official” which is typically more annoying than helpful, would have been helpful here.
After that play, the Aggies completed a pass to Kendrick Rogers for 22 yards to the LSU 19 for a first down.
The Aggies ran to the line and spiked it, with the officials initially ruling that the spike came after the clock hit triple-zero.
After review, the Aggies were given another chance, when officials put one second on the clock. On the next play, the Aggies got into the end zone when Kellen Mond found Davis for a 19-yard touchdown, followed by the Seth Small extra point:
In overtime, LSU was on offense first, and had to settle for a field goal to make it a 34-31 game.
But we had another questionable call on Texas AM’s possession.
It appeared Mond had completed a pass to Jace Sternberger, and he appeared to fumble it. LSU recovered the football, and it seemed like they finally had that game-clinching play. However, officials ruled that pass incomplete, and another game-clinching play was taken away from LSU:
That play, like the first down in regulation by the Aggies, was not reviewed. After seven plays, Texas AM was forced to settle for a field goal to tie the game at 34-34.
On the Aggies’ second overtime possession, they were able to get into the end zone to make it a 41-34 game. It came in just four plays, wrapped with a Mond rush for three yards.
During LSU’s second and ensuing possession, Joe Burrow threw a nice ball in the corner of the end zone to Ja’Marr Chase that was ruled incomplete.
However, it was still another pretty close play in an ending with plenty of toss ups:
Faced with a fourth-and-two from the Aggies’ three-yard line, the Tigers got into the end zone thanks to an extension from Nick Brossette. The extra point was good, and we had a 41-41 ballgame and a third overtime.
Texas AM’s drive wasn’t nearly as smooth, but all you need to know is they got in the end zone on this ridiculous catch by Kendrick Rogers.
They also made the two-point conversion.
In the fourth overtime, Texas AM was held to a field goal to make it a 52-49 game, but we had another call to add to the pile of Things That Happened In This Game.
LSU’s Jacob Phillips was called for targeting.
Which, in all honesty, seems to be the correct call, though it added to LSU’s beef with the refs.
LSU quickly got into the red zone after Burrow found Foster Moreau for a 17-yard pass to the AM eight-yard line. It didn’t matter though, after AM’s defense forced them into a field goal, giving us a 52-52 game and a fifth overtime.
When the game reaches a fifth overtime, the trick plays have to come out.
It’s midnight on the east coast at this point. Remember, we started with the Gatorade bath at 10:50 pm. ET.
Their two-point conversion failed, making it a 58-52 game as Texas AM took over possession.
While this didn’t make a difference, we had a referee blocker to add to the weirdness of this game, and of course it hurt LSU.
It was a solid one, too. The Aggies would eventually get into the end zone, and get their two-point conversion to make it a 66-58 game.
As you might imagine based on the way this one was going, LSU took four plays to get into the end zone, and converted on the two-point conversion. 66-66, and a seventh overtime incoming.
Joe Burrow had a third rushing touchdown in LSU’s frame. Texas AM also got into the end zone, and failed on their initial conversion attempt.
However, the Aggies were bailed out with a questionable pass interference call.
You can be the judge:
But it didn’t matter, because of a holding call that took the Aggies back.
From the LSU five-yard line, Mond ended the game with a completion to Rogers.
By the time this was all over, it was 12:33 a.m. ET.
The game was almost over at a reasonable hour. Ed Orgeron almost had a successful Gatorade bath. LSU almost won the game multiple times.
Instead, we were treated to seven overtimes that had everything a college football game could offer. It was a game that you’ll probably talk about for the rest of your life.
Oh, and then this happened: