COLLEGE STATION, Texas – He stared ahead, sitting on the podium, still slightly damp from the empty Gatorade tub, which was given 90 minutes before the game ended, just trying to understand the pointless.
What could Ed Orzheron say about one of them? How could the LSU coach speak one night football in which he was opposed to anything that someone knew about the game?
Seven consecutive experiences, thrown post-games, at least three times the game seemed final only to be summoned by judges, and meanwhile people asked Orgeron and his players to try to understand everything.
"I do not think you can," said Foster More.
No. 7 LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) lost the final of the season 74-72 to 22 Texas A & M in one of the most absurd nights of football he most remembers. Both sides made remarkable plays and responded to the challenge after a challenge that took seven minutes, shy about five hours to finish.
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But Orzeron had a hard time exploring these seven experiences, or one of the plays, because he did not think that those nights would be played at all.
He was not hostile. He was not emotional. He just said it was a fact: The game was taken from the LSU.
The game seems to end with the LSU leading 31-24 at the end of the regulation and Texas A and M that are moving down. The Aggies made the 19th and attempted to attack the ball, but the time had passed until the officials decided that there should be one second.
A & M Texas Kelen Monde uses this second to throw a 19-yard break for Quartney Davis to send the game to overtime.
"I think this second should never be put on that watch," Orgreen said.
The NCAA rules state that the player can not tilt the ball with less than three seconds on the clock, and the clock has to expire. Orzeron said he never gave him a good reason why this was not the case on Saturday.
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So, with almost every question that Orgren received after the game for his team, the bigger the experiences and the football itself, he tried to answer him the best way before returning to the fact that he should not have importance.
There was a grab of Grant Delpit, which was called back because Monde's knee was lowered before the flight. There was the controversial place of the ball for the first down on the fourth and the 18. The second came back to the clock. There was the unpleasant extortion of the Delpit employees, which turned out to be an incomplete pass. There was a controversial interference by Greedy Williams about the last two-point transformation.
From time to time it seemed that this game was an official LSU victory, and occasionally that word was thrown out of the door just to give Texas A and M another chance and Aggies never lost those chances.
And when all these events happened – the remarkable Kendrick Rogers or the disappointing calls – Orgren just turned to his players, dressed in a big walnut and said, "We'll get more football, baby.
When it was over, Orzinger could not feel deceptive. It was not only a season for the LSU, and for the first time since 2012, it was a chance to win 10-2 and win two-digit regular season games.
This is a random number, but it matters. Correctly or wrongly, there is a difference between optics of 10-2 and 9-3, especially at school like LSU, so sick of mediocrity. Shoot, Orgeron would also win a $ 100,000 bonus with a win.
So Orzeron smiled and disappointed nodding his head, agreeing that he was not so chaotic that he did not reach the winning brand.
"These guys had to win 10 games," he said. – These guys wanted that. These guys worked hard. They deserve it. This second should never be placed on the clock.
It makes Saturday so difficult to get together. There was a point in the seven rally race that the conclusion seemed so far from the original 60 minutes, no matter who won.
Both sides had a player after the player brought down injuries, and they both made absurd, creative plays, like LSU, by Clyde Edwards-Helaire to return Thorne Carter to touchdown.
"This was the most crazy I've ever been involved in," said LSU kicker Cole Tracy. – I think we all will probably say the same.
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But these seven reps will eventually be overlooked and what will be remembered in the grand scheme of things is the value of nine wins, not 10.
LSU did not achieve this goal, which was so important.
And the mood after the game was not tears and anger as distrust. An absurd night of football happened on Saturday night and no one could understand it in the next few moments.
But there was Ed Orzinger – the man who was covered in Gatorade two hours earlier, because his team thought he was going to win, had to go back on the road by recruiting Monday without this 10-2 record to boast.
"It was nothing for me," he said. – These boys are painful. That's all about them. They fought and fought hard. "
Then LSU had disappeared from the Baton Rouge landing on his way home, so his flight had to land in New Orleans. They do not have buses and there is no way to get home.
So the team, who had just lost seven hours of extraordinary heartbeat, was sitting in his seat on the track, still trying to understand the pointless.