10-13-2018 LSU v Georgia

LSU junior quarterback Joe Burrow (9) celebrates after running the ball during LSU's 36-16 win against Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Tiger Stadium

The streak is over. LSU's seven-game winning streak against Texas A&M was snapped Saturday night in a wild, seven-overtime spectacle. It was the longest and highest scoring game in Football Bowl Subdivision history as the Tigers fell to the Aggies 74-72 and their chances at a New Year's Six bowl game fell considerably. 

Both teams were limited to field goals in the first overtime period. 

After Texas A&M scored on a Kellen Mond keeper, LSU followed up with three-yard touchdown run of its own by senior running back Nick Brossette to go into double overtime. 

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow hit receiver Dee Anderson for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of the third overtime, and once again Texas A&M followed up with a 25-yard touchdown of their own, from Mond to receiver Kendrick Rogers. 

In the fourth overtime, LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips was ejected for targeting on an incomplete pass to Aggie receiver Jhamon Ausbon. The LSU defense was able to lock down after Phillips' ejected, limiting the Aggies to a field goal. 

LSU kicker Cole Tracy kicked a field goal on the opposite side to tie the game 52-52.

LSU started the fifth overtime with a 12-yard completion to fullback Tory Carter. Then offensive coordinate Steve Ensminger got tricky as Burrow handed the ball off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who hit Carter in the end zone for a touchdown to put LSU up 58-52 after a missed two-point conversion. 

Down six defensive starters by the sixth overtime, Mond hit tight end Jace Sternberger and missed the two-point conversion to tie the game again.  

Burrow had two rushing touchdowns in the sixth and seventh overtimes, but LSU missed the two-point conversion in the seventh, leading 72-66. 

In the final overtime, Mond's pass was complete to Quartney Davis for a 17-yard touchdown and then hit Rogers for the two-point conversion to win the game. 

The LSU defense uncharacteristically struggled to keep up with Texas A&M's physical offense led by running back Trayveon Williams and quarterback Kellen Mond during regulation. 

Both LSU and Texas A&M went three-and-out on its first drives of the game, and the Tigers went three-and-out again before the offenses began to wake up. The LSU defense seemed to have no answer  for Williams and Mond, as Texas A&M went up 7-0 on its second drive of the game. 

On the scoring drive, Texas A&M went 95 yards in less than five minutes, concluding with a 10-yard touchdown run by Williams. 

The Tigers responded immediately as quarterback Joe Burrow ran for 39 yards, including a 10 yard touchdown run to tie the game up 7-7. 

Mond continued to dominate the LSU defense — both on the ground and in the air — on the following drive. The quarterback ran for 20 yards twice on the drive and threw for completions of 13 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jace Sternberger. The Aggies took a 14-7 lead with 10:31 left in the half. 

An LSU drive that started promising took a turn when offensive lineman Austin Deculus was flagged for offsides before Burrow was sacked for a loss of nine yards. LSU was looking at a third-and-24, when Burrow attempted a pass to junior receiver Dee Anderson that was intercepted for a touchdown. 

The official review overturned the call and LSU sent out Tracy for a 49-yard attempt. Tracy's kick hit to left upright for only his fourth miss of the season and the Aggies held on to a 14-7 lead. 

Texas A&M started the next drive hit with a 12-yard run by Williams and a 36-yard pass from Mond to Sternberger, but stalled after a short run by Williams. LSU linebacker Devin White killed the Aggies' drive when he sacked Mond for no loss of yards. Kicker Seth Small kicked a 33-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-7. 

LSU went into its two-minute drill after the Texas A&M field goal in an attempt to score before halftime. After two incompletions, Burrow hit freshman receiver Ja'Marr Chase for 11 yards. Burrow scrambled for seven yards before hitting Chase again for six.

After scrambling for another seven yards, Burrow was not able to complete another pass and LSU was forced to bring out Tracy again, whose 47-yard attempt was good. LSU trailed 17-10 at halftime. 

The Dave Aranda-led defense made adjustments and looked more like itself coming into the second half. It forced a three-and-out on the Aggies' first drive. 

The LSU offense also found its rhythm in the second half, starting with a 15-play, 90-yard scoring drive. 

The Tigers finally got the run game going when senior running back Nick Brossette went for back-to-back runs of nine and seven yards each. Burrow then hit sophomore receiver Justin Jefferson for a 24-yard gain. 

Burrow also continued to show off his own running skills and ran for a 12-yard gain and a first down. The highlight of the drive was the seven-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to Jefferson in the back corner of the end zone to tie the game 17-17. 

Just when things seemed to be going LSU's way, as the defense forced another three-and-out, receiver Jonathan Giles fumbled a punt return and gave Texas A&M possession at the LSU 29-yard line. 

After a series of runs by Williams, he capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put the Aggies up 24-17. 

Burrow was sacked twice on the following drive and LSU went three-and-out as Texas A&M began to build momentum. 

The LSU defense came back out to force a three-and-out, but the offense was once again unable to move the ball as Burrow was sacked twice for the second drive in a row. 

Once again, Texas A&M seemed to be building momentum as linebacker Jacob Phillips received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the punt, leaving the Aggies to begin their drive at their own 34.

After two four-yard runs by Williams, Mond completed his first pass of the second half Cullen Gillaspia for 18 yards.

Mond hit Williams on a screen on the next play and was lit up by White. White forced a fumble, which fellow linebacker Michael Divinity recovered and returned for a 58-yard touchdown, tying the game 24-24. 

Then it only took four plays for LSU to take its first lead of the season.

Junior running back Lanard Fournette broke for a 46-yard run to start the drive before Brossette went for runs of seven and nine yards. 

Burrow then hit senior tight end Foster Moreau on a play action pass and Moreau bulldozed his way into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. The Tigers took a 31-24 lead with 6:41 left in the game. 

Texas A&M marched down field before it was faced with a fourth-and-5 at the LSU 37-yard line. Mond attmepted to go for a quarterback draw but was stopped by White short of the line of scrimmage with just over two minutes left in the game. 

With a chance to ice the game with a first down, LSU ran the ball three times and were forced to punt. 

LSU effectively ended the game when sophomore safety Grant Delpit intercepted Mond with 26 seconds remaining, but the official review showed that Mond knelt before the throwing the interception. 

Mond tied the game with a touchdown pass to Quartney Davis for 19 yards with one second left on the clock, sending the game to overtime.

LSU now must await its bowl destination following the final College Football Playoff rankings on Dec. 2. 

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