It was an instant classic but unfortunately didn’t end in LSU’s favor.
With some controversial officiating calls down the stretch, LSU (9-3) lost a riveting 74-72 seven-overtime matchup at Texas A&M (8-4) in the regular season finale.
The 146 combined points were the most in NCAA history.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron isn’t one to complain about referees but he couldn’t contain his opinion after the heart-breaking defeat.
“In 35 years of coaching, I’ve never used officiating as an excuse,” Orgeron said to “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN. “There was some bad calls. Four times the game should have been won for LSU. Those calls should have went in our favor and they didn’t. There’s nothing I can do about that. I felt bad about it. Our guys fought. We should have won the game.”
Orgeron claimed on Saturday that one second shouldn’t have been put back on the clock after the refs went over if Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond spiked the football with time left in regulation.
Another play of debate that didn’t go LSU’s way was when LSU strong safety Grant Delpit hit Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger and knocked the ball out in the first overtime.
It was initially called an incomplete pass by the referees and that was upheld, even though it looked as if a fumble could’ve been ruled.
However, Orgeron is accountable for LSU’s role in the defeat.
“We could have made a first down, the game was over,” Orgeron said to The Advocate. “Better calls could have made. Better execution. Twenty-nine seconds left, they have no timeouts, we need to stop them.”
The sensational showdown finally finished when Kellen Mond threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Quartney Davis and two-point conversion to Kendrick Rogers in the seventh overtime.
The epic contest has Orgeron chomping at the bit for a rematch.
To the 7th overtime we go between LSU and Texas A&M! That is tied for the most overtimes in FBS history. Tune to @SECNetwork to see if the game ever ends.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 25, 2018
“I wish we played them tomorrow,” Orgeron said.
The stats for LSU were mind boggling.
LSU amassed 496 total yards and quarterback Joe Burrow tied a career high with three touchdown passes as well as lying the single-game school record with three rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
Burrow rushed for 100 yards on 29 carries.
This was Joe Burrow’s 29th carry of the game.
Twenty. Nine. Carries. pic.twitter.com/tLhXsBUDFN
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 25, 2018
Other than Burrow, backup Myles Brennan is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster, and Orgeron said Brennan was dealing with a minor injury during the middle of the season that restricted his ability to throw.
With backup quarterback Myles Brennan working through a minor injury, Saturday was the first time LSU let Burrow loose on the ground.
“We wanted to run him more during the season,” Orgeron said. “We were really going through the season with one quarterback. So we couldn’t take the chance… We went into the last game saying we were going to run him.”