Texas A&M, often referred as the baby brother in the South Eastern Conference, made history in their 7 over-time upset against 7th ranked LSU and has earned their seat at the table.
Late in the 4th quarter, the LSU Tigers made a defen-sive play intercepting a pass thrown by A&M quarterback Kellen Mond. The LSU side-line celebrated, even pouring Gatorade over head coach Ed Orgeron. The play would ultimately be reviewed by of-ficials and overturned giving slim hope for A&M and their fans for a comeback. Sure enough, Mond led the of-fense down for a touchdown to tie the game in the final seconds at 31-31.
The A&M Aggies had a seven game losing streak leading up to this historic game having not beaten the Tigers since 1995. They were chomping at the bit to end that streak.
In 6 overtimes that went back and forth, LSU led by quarterback Joe Burrow, scored leading the Aggies 72-68 but failed to convert the mandatory 2-point con-version. All the Aggies had to do was score a touchdown and by some miracle, convert the 2-point conversion. Kel-len Mond commanded the Aggie offense to a touch-down and thanks to a short pass to Kendrick Rodgers into the end zone, the Aggies would finally snap their los-ing streak.
The 7 overtimes in this game tied the NCAA record for the most overtimes in FBS college football history. The combined 146 points by both teams is the most in FBS history. The star of the game was A&M quarterback Kellen Mond who threw for over 287 yards and finished with 6 touchdowns.
Students and fans rushed the field at the 101,000 seat stadium at Kyle Field in College Sta-tion which ulti-mately caused a $50K fine given by the SEC for rule violations, but for fans and the school it was worth every penny.
A&M has finally earned the respect they’ve been yearning for since joining the SEC. Led by head coach Jimbo Fischer, this might be the start of a golden era in the SEC that A&M has been searching for this past decade.