Classic SEC Football: Arkansas Tops LSU in Three Overtimes in 2007
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Every Friday, The SEC Blog will feature one classic game from the storied history of SEC football.
LSU hosted Arkansas to close out the 2007 season with the No. 1 ranking attached to their name and the SEC West title already wrapped up. Meanwhile, Arkansas was 7-4 and out of the division title race.
Cake walk for the Tigers, right?
The game started out simple enough. The Hogs took a 7-6 lead into halftime. Little did we know that 85 more points would be scored before the end of the game.
After an Arkansas touchdown early in the second half, LSU responded by scoring on a Jacob Hester run midway through the third. Quarterback Matt Flynn ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14.
The two teams would swap touchdowns for the remainder of regulation, culminating when Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd for a two-yard touchdown to tie the game at 28 and send it to overtime.
Flynn ran in from 12 yards out to open the overtime period, but Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick hit Peyton Hillis on a 10-yard touchdown pass on Arkansas' possession to send it to the second overtime.
In the second OT, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden ran the ball in from nine yards out in the first possession. McFadden finished the day with 206 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, completed 3-of-6 passes for 34 yards and threw one touchdown pass.
That didn't phase LSU. Hester plunged in from two yards out to cap off a five-yard drive and send the game to its third overtime.
Arkansas rushed six straight times to open the third overtime, culminating with a two-yard dive from Hillis. Having to go for two in the third overtime, head coach Houston Nutt stuck with what got the Hogs there and gave it to Felix Jones to rush it in to take a 50-42 lead.
With the national title seemingly hanging in the balance, Flynn calmly hit Brandon LaFell from nine yards out for the touchdown.
Needing to convert the two-point conversion to keep the game going, Flynn's pass was picked off by Matterral Richardson over the middle to give the Hogs the win.
At the time, the defeat put LSU's national title hopes in serious doubt.
LSU would get the last laugh, though. The Tigers would beat Tennessee the following week at the Georgia Dome to claim the SEC Championship.
Due to losses by No. 1 Missouri to Oklahoma and No. 2 West Virginia to Pittsburgh, LSU would vault from No. 7 to No. 2 in the final BCS standings and defeat Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.
The post-script may have taken a little bit away from the 2007 LSU vs. Arkansas game, but the game itself will go down as one of the most thrilling games in SEC history.
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