Seven OTs and a scuffle,

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Paul Myer­berg and Glenn Guil­beau

It was the night of Nov. 24 when LSU doused coach Ed Org­eron with Ga­torade. It was the morn­ing of Nov. 25 when the Tigers lost, seven over­times and a com­bined 91 points later, and a fight broke out.

Texas A&M 74, LSU 72 — in foot­ball, not bas­ket­ball, and you knew it would take LSU’s medi­ocre offense all of seven over­times to get there. The game was so long ... well, how long was it? Well, Texas A&M was in the Big 12 Con­fer­ence when the game started. It was so long ... it’s a good thing the Ag­gies aren’t pay­ing Jimbo Fisher by the hour.

It was 31-24 with just sec­onds left when the Tigers dropped a few dozen gal­lons of su­gar on Org­eron’s head, and LSU’s head coach wore the sticky liq­uid for the next hour­plus as a re­minder of how close his team came to lock­ing down a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl. But A&M quar­ter­back Kellen Mond tossed a 19-yard touch­down strike as time ex­pired to force over­time. And then ...

An LSU field goal to make it 34-31. A&M ties it 34-34. Sec­ond over­time. Mond’s touch­down run. LSU touch­down run. Third over­time. LSU quar­ter­back Joe Bur­row throws a touch­down and the Tigers notch the two­point con­ver­sion. A&M an­swers to make it 49-49. LSU fans ask each other: Ex­cuse me, what hap­pened here?

Match­ing field goals to knot the score at 52-52. Wa­ter break. The fifth over­time be­gins with a trick play: Org­eron and LSU dial up the half­back pass to make it 58-52 but miss on the con­ver­sion. Don’t worry — A&M obliged by scor­ing a touch­down but miss­ing on the two-point try. It was 66-58, then 66-66. LSU opens the sev­enth and final over­time with a touch­down, mak­ing it 72-66. Mond would then throw an­other touch­down pass, his fourth in over­time play and sixth over­all, to tie the score at 72-72. Mond would then find re­ceiver Ken­drick Rogers for the game-win­ning con­ver­sion.

“These are mo­ments you live for, so no mat­ter what’s go­ing on with your body you want to be out there,” Rogers said. “So you just have to talk your­self out of it, just men­tally fight through it.”

It’s the high­est-scor­ing game in Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion his­tory at 146 points, shat­ter­ing the record of 139 points set in Western Michi­gan’s 71-68 win against Buffalo a year ago, also in over­time. LSU’s 72 points are the most ever scored in a los­ing effort. The Tigers had scored a com­bined 79 points in their pre­vi­ous four SEC games.

“You had two teams out there re­fus­ing to lose and we just made one more play,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said.

“I lost track of over­times … it is the cra­zi­est game ever.”

It’s col­lege foot­ball, and it’s the SEC, and it’s ref­er­ee­ing, and it’s seven over­times, so you knew there was go­ing to be con­tro­versy. LSU had is­sues with two calls, both in the final sec­onds of the Ag­gies’ game-ty­ing drive to end reg­u­la­tion.

On one, LSU be­lieved it had in­ter­cepted Mond to seal the win, only to have ref­er­ees re­view the play and call that Mond’s knee had been on the turf when he re­ceived a low snap, end­ing the play. And af­ter Mond spiked the ball af­ter con­vert­ing a long fourth down, a re­view ruled that there was still one sec­ond on the clock. LSU play­ers who had just given Org­eron a Ga­torade shower had to re­turn to the field for an­other play. It was a touch­down, A&M, and we went to over­time.

“The mo­men­tum kept on chang­ing both ways and the guys re­sponded,” Org­eron said. “That was one heck of an over­time; we just fell one play short. Our guys have noth­ing to be ashamed about.”

The bat­tle raged in a postgame fight. LSU offen­sive an­a­lyst Steve Kragth­orpe, 53, di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s dis­ease in 2011 and has had a pace­maker in his chest to stim­u­late his brain since 2017, was struck by a cre­den­tialed man from the Texas A&M side­line, who was later iden­tified as Cole Fisher, the nephew of Jimbo Fisher whom the SEC re­ferred to as a “staff mem­ber” for A&M. That is when LSU direc­tor of player de­vel­op­ment Kevin Faulk, a for­mer LSU and NFL star back, went af­ter the man.

Video also shows LSU safety John Bat­tle hit­ting Cole Fisher along with Faulk.

“Out of nowhere, I got nailed,” Kragth­orpe said in a phone in­ter­view while he drove the next af­ter­noon. “I didn’t go down, but I clutched over. I was like, ‘Damn, he got me right in my pace­maker.’ Then it started flut­ter­ing like he jos­tled it.”

“It got out of hand,” Faulk said.

Kragth­orpe was checked out by Texas A&M team doc­tor Jesse Parr and other emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel at the game. He saw his neu­rol­o­gist Nov. 26.

“I didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate get­ting punched in my pace­maker,” he said Nov. 25 but said the next day he was ad­vised not to make fur­ther com­ment.

Kragth­orpe said Texas A&M might be held re­spon­si­ble if his pace­maker has been dam­aged or if he has been in­jured.

“I want to as­sure ev­ery­one that the mat­ter has been ad­dressed in­ter­nally with my staff mem­bers,” Jimbo Fisher said in a state­ment.

The South­east­ern Con­fer­ence fined Texas A&M $50,000 for vi­o­la­tions of the “ac­cess to com­pe­ti­tion area pol­icy” af­ter the game be­cause fans poured out onto the field. The SEC said at press time it re­mains in con­tact with the schools re­gard­ing the al­ter­ca­tion.

Kragth­orpe, a for­mer head coach at Tulsa (2003-06) and at Louisville (2007-09), was A&M’s re­ceivers coach in 2010 be­fore be­com­ing LSU’s offen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the 2011 sea­son. That sum­mer, he was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s. He kept coach­ing at LSU, but just wide re­ceivers in 2011 and ’12. Then he moved out of coach­ing to a spe­cial as­sis­tant un­der then-coach Les Miles and has been an an­a­lyst since 2013.

He said he was at first walk­ing across the side­line to say hello to Texas A&M coaches he knows. Then he saw Texas A&M wide re­ceivers coach Dameyune Craig yelling and go­ing up to LSU coaches.

“Dameyune Craig started the whole thing,” Kragth­orpe said. “Just trash talk­ing and yelling and scream­ing a bunch of crap.”

Craig was hired by Miles to be wide re­ceivers coach in 2016. Org­eron, who re­placed Miles on an in­terim ba­sis af­ter four games in 2016, fired Craig shortly af­ter be­ing pro­moted to head coach af­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“I went up to Dameyune and said, ‘Hey, Dameyune get out of here. You won. You don’t need to be do­ing that. Move along.’ And that’s when I got hit.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Texas A&M wide re­ceiver Ken­drick Rogers, right, cel­e­brates with Charles Oliver af­ter the Ag­gies beat LSU in seven over­times.

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