It was Saturday night when the LSU doused coach Ed Orgeron with Gatorade, and Sunday morning when the Tigers lost seven times and a combined 91 points later.

Texas A & M 74, LSU 72 – in football, not in basketball, and you knew it would take the mediocre infraction of LSU every seven extra hours to get there. The game was so long … well, how long did it last? Well, Texas A & M was at the Big 12 Conference when the game began. It's been so long … it's a good thing the Aggies are not paying Jimbo Fisher by the hour.

It was 31-24 with just a few seconds remaining when the Tigers threw a few dozen gallons of sugar into Orgeron's head, and the LSU coach used the sticky liquid for the next hour – more as a reminder of how close his team came to close a spot in a New Year's bowl Six. But A & M quarterback Kellen Mond threw a 19-yard touchdown when time expired to force the overtime. And then …

A field goal of the LSU to make it 34-31. A & M moor, 34-34. Second extra hour. The Mond's touchdown runs. LSU touchdown round. Third extra hour. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow throws a touchdown and the Tigers slot the two-point conversion. A & M responds to make 49-49. LSU fans ask each other: Excuse me, what happened here?

Corresponding field goals for knotting at 52-52. Breaking water. The fifth extension started with a trick play: Orgeron and LSU scored the half-turn pass to complete 58-52 but lost in the conversion. Do not worry – A & M are forced to score a touchdown, but they are missing a two-point attempt. It was 66-58, then 66-66. The LSU opened the seventh and final overtime with a touchdown, reaching 72-66. Mond would then play another touchdown pass, his fourth in overtime and sixth overall, to tie the game in 72-72. Mond then would find catcher Kendrick Rogers for the winning conversion of the game. The final: 74-72.

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It is the highest scoring game in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision with 146 points, breaking the previous record of 139 points in Western Michigan's 71-68 win over Buffalo a year ago, also in overtime. The LSU's 72 points score the most in a losing effort. The Tigers had a combined total of 79 points in their four previous SEC games.

It's college football, and it's the SEC, and it's refereeing, and it's seven overtime, so you knew there would be controversy. The LSU had problems with two calls in particular, both in the final seconds of the Aggies' mooring drive to end regulation.

In one of them, the LSU believed that he had intercepted Mond to seal the victory, only to have the referees review the play and conclude that Mond's knee was on the pitch when he got a low snap, finishing the play. And after the Mond fired the ball after converting a long fourth down, a review determined that there was still a second on the clock. The LSU players who had just given Orgeron a bath of Gatorade had to return to the field for another move. It was a touchdown, A & M, and we went for overtime.


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