FACTS & FACTORS: Kentucky 43, LSU 37

LEXINGTON, Ky. - LSU watched its No. 1 ranking go down in flames in a three overtime 43-37 loss to Kentucky. Here's TigerRag.com's final wrap-up from Lexington.

LSU-Kentucky: Facts & Factors

 

Quote of the Game:

 

"This feeling right here is what we don't want to feel again."

- LSU running back Charles Scott

 

 

Turning Point:

 

There was a long period of time during the middle portion of the game in which it was apparent LSU was in complete control.

 

The Tigers led 17-14 at halftime and opened up a 27-14 lead with a 10-point surge in the early stages of the third quarter. Matt Flynn hit Richard Dickson on a 4-yard pass for a touchdown, and Colt David banged through a 30-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the third stanza.

 

However, it might have been the play prior to David's field goal that shifted the momentum of the game. Facing third-and-eight from the Kentucky 13, quarterback Matt Flynn rolled left on a play-action pass. It looked as if he might run for the first down, but tight end Keith Zinger came streaking across the back of the end zone. Flynn's pass was a little high, but it was more than manageable for Zinger to reel it in.

 

He couldn't.

 

The ball skipped off Zinger's hands and fell incomplete, and LSU had to settle for a field goal. Instead of 31-14, it was 27-14.

 

Seven plays and 82 yards later, Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson hit Jacob Tamme on an 8-yard scoring strike on the other end of the field, making it a 27-21 game.

 

 

It was over when:

 

"It worked last week," said LSU quarterback Matt Flynn after Saturday's loss, referencing the Tigers' win over Florida.

 

Flynn was referring to LSU's success on running Jacob Hester between the tackles, pounding the ball at the heart of the opposing defense.

 

In the third overtime period, LSU had the situation they wanted. Kentucky had scored a touchdown on its possession but failed on the required two-point conversion attempt. The Tigers were a touchdown and two-point play away from winning the game.

 

However, LSU needed a first down before it could score the winning touchdown.

 

Three straight running plays by Hester netted only 8 yards and set up a fourth-and-two from the Kentucky 17. Hester limped to the sideline after getting banged up on the third-down play. Charles Scott, who had rushed for 94 yards in the first half, came into the game after not carrying the ball a single time in the second half or in two previous overtime periods.

 

Scott took the handoff on the left side, but Braxton Kelly dropped Scott after gaining only a yard. Scott lay on the ground in disbelief as the Wildcats celebrated the upset victory.

 

 

Stat of the Game:

 

3 – Points, which represent a field goal. Twice the Tigers had the ball in the red zone and came away with only a field goal. LSU settled for 31- and 30-yard Colt David field goals in the second and third quarters, respectively, leading to a 27-14 advantage. Had those been touchdowns, the score would have been 35-14 and virtually out of reach by the Wildcats.

 

 

By the Numbers:

 

9 – Consecutive fourth-down conversions by LSU going into the final play of the game. The Tigers were 9-for-9 this season before Scott was stopped short on the final play of the game.

 

13 – Game winning streak was snapped by the loss. LSU held the nation's longest winning streak – 13 games – heading into the game. The Tigers had taken over that streak with its win over Florida a week prior coupled with Wisconsin's loss at Illinois.

 

403 – Total yards gained by LSU. The Tigers actually out-gained Kentucky 403-375 and ran eight more plays (87-79) than the Wildcats.

 

4 – Drives in which LSU had more than 10 plays. The Tigers put together drives of 12, 11, 11, and 13 plays. These four drives produced all of 13 points (one touchdown and PAT, two field goals, and a missed field goal).

 

 

Three Points:

 

1. GREAT SCOTT – Charles Scott's 55-yard rush on the final play of the first quarter was the longest of his career. Scott scored his third and fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the eighth and ninth of his career in the first half. The first came on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second quarter and the second was a 13-yard run with 1:48 left in the second quarter. The multi-rushing touchdown game today for Scott marks the second of this season for the RB and the fourth of his career. 

 

 

2. STREAKS SNAPPED – The Tigers 13-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation and third longest in school history, ended at 13. LSU's streak of 25 straight games with a sack (dating back to North Texas in 2005) was broken tonight. LSU's streak of nine straight successful fourth-down conversions was snapped tonight on the final play of the game. Prior to that, the Tigers were a perfect 7-for-7 this season and had converted on the final two fourth-down attempts last season. 

 

 

3. KICKIN' IT – Colt David's four extra points were the junior's 125th, 126th, 127th, and 128th of his career. He now trails LSU career PAT leader John Corbello (129 PATs) by one PAT. David kicked a 31-yard field goal with 5:42 left in the second quarter, a 30-yard field goal with 3:43 left in the third quarter, and a season long 38-yarder in the second overtime. The successful kicks were the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of his career in 34 attempts. David's three made field goals moved the junior into eighth-place on LSU's career field goals made list with 23.


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