Five hours and ten minutes of football, a record setting 146 points scored in an FBS game, and a premature Gatorade bath– this game was one for the ages. Number 7 ranked LSU came into Kyle Field in College Station, TX to face off against number 22 ranked Texas A&M. And while both teams were ready for battle, neither team thought the game would end up how it did. Skipping right to the drama at the end of regulation, with 36 seconds left, it looked like the Tigers had sealed the game when Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond was picked off by LSU cornerback Grant Delpit. This went as far as the Tigers showering head coach Ed Orgeron in Gatorade after they thought they had completed their first ten win season since 2012. However, after review, it appeared that Mond’s knee touched the ground before the interception and the play resulted in an eight-yard loss instead of a game-winning turnover. The drama during regulation was not over. As time seemed to expire, Mond spiked the ball and the game was initially deemed over by the refs. But once again, the call was reviewed and one more second was put on the clock. The Aggies made that second count. Mond found Quartney Davis for a 19-yard touchdown pass over the middle to send the game into overtime. Orgeron firmly disagreed with the controversial call to add time on the clock. “That second shouldn’t have been put on the clock, and I’m sticking to that, ” said Orgeron. Nevertheless, the game headed to OT, with both teams trading punches in the record-tying seven overtimes, like Frazier and Ali back in ‘71. In the seventh overtime, after a combined four field goals and eight touchdowns, LSU quarterback Josh Burrow ran in his third touchdown to go up 72-66. But, a two-point-conversion try proved fatal for the Tigers. After Burrow’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, the conversion attempt failed. The ball was put into Kellen Mond’s hands to try and finish the game for the Aggies, and he did just that. Mond hit Quartney Davis once again on a 17-yard pass play to tie the game up at 72. On the two point attempt, controversial calls kept hurting the Tigers. Cornerback Greedy Williams was called for pass interference that would have pushed the game into an eighth overtime. Williams was also flagged for unsportsmanlike-conduct for his reaction to the call. Texas A&M was called for a false-start which put the Aggies back five yards. But that did not stop Mond. To cap off his 278 yard, 7 TD performance, Mond found Kendrick Rogers in the back of the endzone to win the game 74-72. Rogers had been treated for calf cramps on the sideline frequently throughout the whole game, but that did not stop him from catching the game ending throw. “These are moments you live for, so no matter what’s going on with your body you want to be out there,” Rogers said. “So, you just have to talk yourself out of it, just mentally fight through it.” After the game, players on both teams were found on their backs gasping for air. “You had two teams out there refusing to lose and we just made one more play,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said. This is already being regarded as one of the greatest NCAA games of all-time, and it kept the college football world on the edge of their seats.
Written by Jason Mazer