Rhapsody in Bluegrass

LSU needed a prayer answered to overcome a late Kentucky lead, and the Hail Mary turned out the right one for the No. 16 Tigers in a 33-30 win at Commonwealth Stadium.<br><br>With no time left on the clock, quarterback Marcus Randall heaved the ball downfield and had it tipped by two Wildcats before it landed in the hands of wide receiver Devery Henderson for a game-winning 75-yard touchdown.

Kentucky fans were ready to rush the field after a 19-yard Taylor Begley field goal gave the Wildcats a 30-27 lead with 11 seconds to play. After a delay of game penalty, LSU started its final drive at its own 8 and moved to the 25 on a pass over the middle to Michael Clayton, who called timeout with three seconds remaining.


Randall took a shotgun snap for the final play, rolled to his right and unloaded from his own 18. Clayton went up for the ball near the UK 30, but it cleared his hands and skimmed off Kentucky safeties Quentus Cumby and Earven Flowers. Henderson made the grab near the 20 and went untouched into the north end zone.


"It was like a dream. I can't believe it still," said Henderson. "I was just thinking, ‘Get where you are supposed to be, and if something happens then it happens.' I saw it get tipped then I just reached out my hands and there it was."


Kentucky fans ran onto the playing surface while the ball was in the air and were dismayed to find out the Tigers would come away from Lexington with a win for the second straight season.


"We always say to play for the full 60 minutes and this is why," said LSU head coach Nick Saban. "Two seconds left and we have a 75-yard play. We go over that play every Thursday at the end of practice. It's not a unique play - you're just lucky when it happens to be tipped to your guy.


"I've been on the other side of it before, as a defensive coordinator, so I guess this evens things up. I'm proud of our guys for battling there at the end."


LSU improved to 7-2 with the win, earning them bowl eligibility for the third straight season under Saban. The Tigers mark includes 4-1 record in Southeastern Conference games.


Kentucky dropped to 6-4, 2-4 in the SEC. With the football program serving NCAA probation that includes a ban on post-season play, the Wildcats were hoping to avenge last season's 29-25 loss to LSU. Clayton was on the end of a 13-yard scoring game-winning touchdown pass from Rohan Davey with 16 seconds left on the clock.


Randall and Henderson teamed for three passing touchdowns in the game, with twoof them in the second quarter that erased a 7-0 Kentucky lead. Henderson scored first on a 70-yard shovel pass play that opened up with blocks from running back Domanick Davis and left tackle Andrew Whitworth. With five seconds to go before halftime, Randall found Henderson at the goal line for a 30-yard scoring play that came on third-and-10 for the Tigers.


Henderson finished the game with 202 receiving yards, 87 yards on four kickoff returns and another ten on three carries.


Randall completed 10 of 23 passes for 264 yards, bouncing back well from his four-interception outing at Auburn.


The Tigers' advantage increased in the third quarter when running back Joseph Addai followed blocks from linemen Stephen Peterman and Ben Wilkerson for a 63-yard touchdown. Addai led the Tigers on the ground with 91 yards on nine carries.


But Kentucky mounted a steady comeback behind the arm of quarterback Jared Lorezen. The hefty junior found tight end Chase Harp with a 4-yard scoring pass with 3:43 to go in the third quarter, but LSU answered with a 49-yard field goal from John Corbello to move ahead 24-14 just 48 seconds into the fourth quarter.


Lorenzen followed with another Wildcat scoring drive, covering 68 yards in ten plays and ending with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Boone with 10:05 remaining. It was the second of three TD receptions for Boone, who dove for a 43-yard pass from Lorenzen in the end zone in the first quarter.


"He is by far the best receiver I've played with," said Lorenzen. "Every time I throw it, he wants it. He's a great playmaker. That's it, that's Aaron."


The snap on Begley's point-after attempt was bungled, making the score 24-20.


LSU had to punt on its next possession but caught a break when Kentucky returner Derek Abney lost the ball in the sun and had it glance off his shin. Adrian Mayes recovered for LSU at the UK 8 and the Tigers converted the turnover into a 19-yard Corbello field goal.


Kentucky would get the ball back with 6:02 to play and needing only a touchdown and extra point to tie the game. The Wildcats moved down the field with the help of three LSU penalties.


On first-and-10 from the LSU 44, Lorenzen dropped back and found Boone again on a post route for the score and Begley tied the game with 2:24 left to play.


The Tigers went three-and-out on their next series and punted to the dangerous Abney. Donnie Jones, who broke an LSU record with an 86-yard punt in the first quarter, drove Abney back inside his 20, but he snaked his way to the LSU 36. Another five yards were tacked on for a facemask call on the Tigers.


Another interference call on LSU brought Kentucky down to the Tigers' 22. After running back Artose Pinner gained eight yards up the middle, Lorenzen followed with a two-yard run for a first down and called time out with 15 seconds on the clock


"We told Jared that if he made the first down we were not going to call the timeout," said Kentucky head coach Guy Morriss. "If we didn't get it we would use the timeout. He went to the huddle to explain that to the team and evidently everybody didn't get the message because it was inadvertently called with 15 seconds left on the clock. It was called by mistake. At that point, I made the decision to line up and kick the field goal."


The loss clouded an otherwise solid day from Lorenzen, who completed 12 of 26 passes for 210 yards. He extended his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 148.


Pinner became the first running back to gain over 100 yards against LSU this season, crossing the 1,000-yard mark in the second quarter en route to a total of 143 yards on 27 carries against the Tigers.

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