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Ranking the LSU-Texas A&M Overtime Drives

By Jim Johnson
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Here, in order of least to most thrilling, are all 14 possessions, ranked.

Texas A&M just beat LSU in perhaps the most bat guano insane college football game of the year. If nothing else, it was tied for the longest game in FBS history, going to seven overtimes. Between the Aggies’ 74 points and the Tigers’ 72, it was also the highest scoring in FBS history.

From humble beginnings, a measly 31-24 in favor of LSU when the clock struck zeroes, arose complete and utter unmitigated madness. From an oddly satisfying downed knee for the home crowd to a conversion that arguably was not a conversion, but also very well may have been a conversion, but still might not have been a conversion, the first overtime was sprung. There would be six more frames to follow.

Here, in order of least to most thrilling, are all 14 ensuing possessions, ranked:

14. 4OT, Texas A&M 21-Yard Field Goal
13. 4OT, LSU 26-Yard Field Goal
12. 1OT, LSU 50-Yard Field Goal
11. 1OT, Texas A&M 23-Yard Field Goal

Overtime is not for field goals. Kicking field goals is for quitters, and overtime is no place for quitters. Overtime is for touchdowns and failed two-point conversions. Quadruple overtime was extremely boring, as quadruple overtimes go. At least in the first overtime Cole Tracy had to hit a 50-yarder to get LSU on the board, and then the Tigers followed it up with a monster goal line stand to stay alive.

10. 2OT, Texas A&M 3-Yard Touchdown (PAT Good)

Double overtime is at inherent disadvantage because extra points are still allowed to happen and those are boring. Trayveon Williams had a nice 17-yard gash on second down, and then Kellen Mond punched it in from three yards out a couple of plays later, but nothing really spectacular happened.

9. 6OT, LSU 4-Yard Touchdown (2-PT Good)

Joe Burrow found Justin Jefferson for 17 yards on a third down to set up a 4-yard score on a read option, his 28th of 29 carries on the evening, and his second of three rushing scores. He hit Dee Anderson on a slant to convert the two point try and stay alive, which was cool because it sent the game to a record tying 7th overtime, but also not that cool because it was a pretty basic pitch and catch.

8. 7OT, LSU 10-Yard Touchdown (2-PT No Good)

On the very next drive, Cam Newton, er, Joe Burrow, broke out a little Mike Vick spin move to score his third rushing touchdown on his 29th carry, from ten yards out, after a pass interference call saw LSU effectively start from the ten-yard line. However, an incompletion on the conversion attempt would loom large.

7. 3OT, LSU 25-Yard Touchdown (2-PT Good)

Triple overtime took all of three plays, only one of which was LSU’s. On their first snap of the frame, Burrow hit Dee Anderson in semi-contested coverage for six. The Aggies brought a corner blitz from the weak side, but a slick double move from Anderson created enough space for Burrow to give him a chance. It wasn’t a perfectly thrown ball, just sort of slipping through the defender’s outstretched arms, but it was enough. Honestly, this was reasonably lit, but the competitions is pretty stiff moving forward.

6. 5OT, Texas A&M 6-Yard Touchdown (2-PT No Good)

Jimbo Fisher’s group found themselves in a tough spot, looking at fourth and goal from the six after taking consecutive losses on first and second down and throwing incomplete on third down after a 21-yard rush from Kellen Mond to start the possession. Then, KENDRICK ROGERS happened. For the record, KENDRICK ROGERS will henceforth only be referred to in all caps as both an acknowledgement of his superhuman abilities and a subversive metaphor about how he really does it, no cap. A&M also failed to end the game here, thankfully, which is both very good and very exciting.

5. 6OT, Texas A&M 25-Yard Touchdown (2-PT Good)

Texas A&M had lined up a decent bit over the course of the game with Jace Sternberger as an offset wing. They had not thrown the ball almost at all out of that set, though. This time they did. He bounced outside on a wheel route, no one bothered to cover him, at least not well, and he could have walked into the end zone. That part wasn’t all that intriguing. Then, KENDRICK ROGERS proceeded to win a jump ball over Kary Vincent, who is giving the latter about six inches, to convert and put the pressure back on LSU.

4. 2OT, LSU 3-Yard Touchdown (PAT Good)

It really takes a lot for a lowly double overtime possession to appear this high in the list, especially given that a kicker dared step foot on the field, making the drive end in an odd number points no less. Still, with the game on the line, fourth and two from the three yard line, and more importantly with a chance to end the ceaseless fun that was to come before it started, Nick Brossette saved LSU. There’s a dark timeline where Brossette fails to get past the sticks, not to mention break the plane, and that is a universe that no one wants to exist in.

3. 5OT, LSU 11-Yard Touchdown (2-PT No Good)

Trickeration! Tory Carter entered the contest with two receptions in 2018. On first down, he got his third, a twelve yard completion from Joe Burrow, who, despite what his rushing numbers may indicate, plays quarterback. That in itself almost felt like a trick of sorts. On the subsequent first down, Steve Ensminger dialed up a little two yard run for Nick Brossette, just to throw his opponents off the scent. With the Aggies having fully forgotten about Carter, Ensminger, the diabolical madman that he is, had Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who, despite his perfect passer rating, plays running back, throw the ball to Carter again. By this point the whole thing was devolving into downright anarchy.

2. 3OT, Texas A&M 25-Yard Touchdown (2-PT Good)

This was actually the moment when Kendrick Rogers became KENDRICK ROGERS. On second and ten, following an incompletion on the first snap of the possession, Mond took off to his right, a good 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage, and decided to heave a probably inadvisable jump ball to KENDRICK ROGERS. Whilst being interfered with, KENDRICK ROGERS fully extended just in order to tip the ball up to himself, falling back all the while, and then somehow reeled it in for the score. KENDRICK ROGERS, man. Oh, and KENDRICK ROGERS added the two point conversion.

1. 7OT, Texas A&M 17-Yard Touchdown (2-PT Good)

In the record tying seventh overtime, on third and forever, Kellen Mond hit Quartney Davis on a post with a laser beam to draw even. Finally, with a chance to close it out, Mond threw incomplete, but a debatable DPI call on Greedy Williams so incensed the star cornerback that he incited a ref to throw his hat at him. In the spirit of sportsmanship, A&M falsely started on the prior to the next snap, possibly doubling as a way to give KENDRICK ROGERS a little more room to cook. From just outside the five yard line, Mond dropped bac and surveyed his options. He bought a little time, and continued to drop, and then a little more, drop-drop-dropping all the way. Ultimately, none other than KENDRICK ROGERS broke free. Mond saw, stood, and delivered, and on Sunday, November 25th, 2018, at 12:32 Eastern Standard Time, the game was over.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: jim@espncoastal.com Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP