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2018 LSU vs. Texas A&M football game

The 2018 LSU vs. Texas A&M football game was the final regular-season college football game between the LSU Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies played on November 24, 2018 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. The game set multiple National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) records, including the most combined points scored (146) in a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football game.[3] The record was previously held by a game played between Western Michigan and Buffalo on October 7, 2017, which had 139 combined points over seven overtimes.[4] The 2018 LSU–Texas A&M game went likewise to seven overtimes and lasted nearly five hours, tying the NCAA record for longest football game with four others.[5][6] The 146 combined points are currently the second most in college football history since the NCAA started keeping records in 1937, behind the 161 points scored in a 2008 NCAA Division II game between Abilene Christian and West Texas A&M of the Lone Star Conference.[7][8]

2018 LSU vs. Texas A&M football game
1234OT2OT3OT4OT5OT6OT7OT Total
LSU 737143783686 72
Texas A&M 710773783688 74
DateNovember 24, 2018
Season2018
StadiumKyle Field
LocationCollege Station, Texas
FavoriteTexas A&M by 3[1]
National anthemFightin' Texas Aggie Band
RefereeMatt Austin
Halftime showFightin' Texas Aggie Band
Attendance101,501[2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkSEC Network
AnnouncersTaylor Zarzour (play-by-play)
Matt Stinchcomb (analyst)
Kris Budden (sideline)

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BackgroundEdit

LSUEdit

Under the command of 3rd-year head coach Ed Orgeron, the LSU Tigers entered their final regular season game 9–2, 5–2 in SEC play. The Tigers were ranked No. 25 in the AP preseason poll, but were up to No. 5 for their fifth game after wins over No. 8 Miami and No. 7 Auburn. They fell to No. 22 Florida on the road to open October, but rebounded with a 20-point home win against No. 2 Georgia and a 16-point home win against No. 22 Mississippi State. This set up the most anticipated SEC game of the year - then No. 4 Tigers hosted No. 1 Alabama, falling 29-0. They picked up two more wins (at Arkansas and vs Rice), putting them at 9–2 going into their final game.[9] LSU was ranked No. 8 by both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, and No. 7 by the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Texas A&MEdit

With first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies came into their last regular season game with a record of 7–4, 4–3 in SEC play. Two of their first four games were against ranked teams - they lost against No. 2 Clemson and No. 1 Alabama. They gained their first conference win the next week against Arkansas, and their second the week after with an upset over No. 13 Kentucky. They peaked in the rankings at No. 16, but lost two straight games to Mississippi State and Auburn and dropped out. They rebounded with wins over Ole Miss, making them bowl eligible, and UAB; this put them at 7–4 going into their last game of the season.[10] Texas A&M received votes in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, but was ranked No. 22 by the College Football Playoff committee.

Rivalry seriesEdit

The game would be the 57th meeting between LSU and Texas A&M. Prior to their 2018 meeting, the rivalry series stood at 33–20–3 in favor of LSU. Previously, the highest scoring meeting between the two teams was two years prior; LSU defeated Texas A&M 54–39, combining for 93 points. Texas A&M had lost seven straight against LSU, starting with the 2011 Cotton Bowl. The win would be Texas A&M's first win against LSU as a member of the SEC - their last win against the Tigers came on September 2, 1995, the last year for the Southwest Conference before Texas A&M and three other SWC members joined with the Big 8 to form the new Big 12.

Game summaryEdit

Game informationEdit

Game Time Weather

Kickoff: 6:39 p.m. CST
End of Game: 11:32 p.m. CST
Duration: 4 hours, 53 minutes

Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C)
Wind: S 6 mph
Weather: Clear

Game officials

Matt Austin (referee), Rodney Lawary (umpire), Chad Green (linesman)
Michael Taylor (line judge), Jimmy Russell (back judge), Blake Parks (field judge)
Alex Moore (side judge), Paul Schardein (center judge)

Source:[2][11]

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP LSU A&M
1 6:40 10 95 4:28 A&M Trayveon Williams 10-yard touchdown run, Seth Small kick good 0 7
1 0:56 12 75 5:43 LSU Joe Burrow 22-yard touchdown run, Cole Tracy kick good 7 7
2 10:38 12 75 5:17 A&M Jace Sternberger 10-yard touchdown reception from Kellen Mond, Small kick good 7 14
2 1:52 8 53 3:38 A&M 33-yard field goal by Small 7 17
2 0:00 12 36 1:52 LSU 47-yard field goal by Tracy 10 17
3 7:42 15 90 6:15 LSU Justin Jefferson 7-yard touchdown reception from Burrow, Tracy kick good 17 17
3 3:33 8 29 3:43 A&M Williams 1-yard touchdown run, Small kick good 17 24
4 10:12 LSU Fumble recovery returned 58 yards for touchdown by Michael Divinity Jr., Tracy kick good 24 24
4 6:41 4 76 2:00 LSU Foster Moreau 14-yard touchdown reception from Burrow, Tracy kick good 31 24
4 0:00 12 78 1:29 A&M Quartney Davis 19-yard touchdown reception from Mond, Small kick good 31 31
OT 4 –7 LSU 50-yard field goal by Tracy 34 31
OT 8 19 A&M 23-yard field goal by Small 34 34
2OT 4 25 A&M Mond 3-yard touchdown run, Small kick good 34 41
2OT 6 25 LSU Nick Brossette 3-yard touchdown run, Tracy kick good 41 41
3OT 1 25 LSU Dee Anderson 25-yard touchdown reception from Burrow, 2-point pass good 49 41
3OT 2 25 A&M Kendrick Rogers 25-yard touchdown reception from Mond, 2-point pass good 49 49
4OT 7 21 A&M 21-yard field goal by Small 49 52
4OT 5 17 LSU 26-yard field goal by Tracy 52 52
5OT 3 25 LSU Tory Carter 11-yard touchdown reception from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 2-point pass failed 58 52
5OT 5 25 A&M Rogers 6-yard touchdown reception from Mond, 2-point pass failed 58 58
6OT 1 25 A&M Sternberger 25-yard touchdown reception from Mond, 2-point pass good 58 66
6OT 4 25 LSU Burrow 4-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass good 66 66
7OT 2 25 LSU Burrow 10-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass failed 72 66
7OT 4 25 A&M Davis 17-yard touchdown reception from Mond, 2-point pass good 72 74
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 72 74

Game statisticsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Team Statistics (Final)" (PDF). 12thman.com. Texas A&M University Athletics. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Boren, Cindy (November 25, 2018). "It took seven overtimes for Texas A&M to beat LSU in the craziest college football game of the year". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Myerberg, Paul (November 25, 2018). "LSU, Texas A&M play seven-overtime game for the ages as Aggies hold on for 74-72 victory". usatoday.com. USA TODAY. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Zwerneman, Brent (November 24, 2018). "Texas A&M outlasts LSU 74-72 in seven overtimes". www.houstonchronicle.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  6. ^ West, Jenna (November 25, 2018). "Texas A&M Beats LSU 74–72 in Seven OTs, the Highest Scoring Game in FBS History". si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Aggies top LSU in 7 OTs in highest-scoring game in FBS history". espn.com. ESPN News Services. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Freer, Michael (October 6, 2017). "100 years ago: Georgia Tech's 222-0 victory". www.espn.com. ESPN Stats & Information. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Roundtable: LSU's dreams of a 10-win season goes through Texas A&M". www.lsunow.com. The Daily Reveille. November 23, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Underwood, Hannah (November 18, 2018). "A&M ends regular season with SEC matchup against No. 8 LSU". thebatt.com. The Battalion. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Kercheval, Ben (November 25, 2018). "LSU vs. Texas A&M score: How the Aggies won epic highest-scoring game in FBS history after 7OT". cbssports.com. CBS Sports. Retrieved November 25, 2018.