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    The Awful Taste of Defeat

    Kentucky beats LSU at home 43-37 in 3 OT’s

    Les Miles and the LSU Tigers experienced their first loss of the season this past Saturday, ending their 13 game unbeaten streak and their reign as the number one ranked team in the nation. LSU’s heartbroken players were described by Miles as ‘sick’ following the game. Physically and mentally worn out, they fell apart in the third overtime. Combined with the after-effects from their laborious victory over Florida in dramatic fashion last week, and Kentucky’s home-field advantage, the Tiger’s were unable to overcome the Wildcat’s in this important SEC match-up.
    For the second straight week the Tiger’s played in a thriller, and up until late in the third quarter, LSU looked primed to win. However, LSU’s defense showed their wear and tear, and couldn’t finish the Wildcats off. After LSU kicked a field goal to make the score 27-14 in their favor, Kentucky stormed back, scoring 13 straight points to tie the game. Yet before regulation ended, LSU had one more chance to win with two seconds left. Kicker Colt David attempted a 57 yard field goal. His career high field goal entering the game was 45 yards. He was unsuccessful, with his kick going slightly wide left, sending the game to overtime.
    In the first overtime, LSU and Kentucky swapped touchdowns. In the second overtime, both offenses kicked field goals. Then, in the third overtime, Kentucky finally pulled out the victory. After a costly holding penalty by LSU that extended their drive, Kentucky’s Heisman hopeful Andre Woodson found Steve Johnson in the end-zone to give them a six point lead. Since it was the third overtime, the Wildcat offense had to go for the two point conversion, but they couldn’t convert. However it didn’t matter. LSU couldn’t even get a first down on their drive, and Kentucky was declared the victor.
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    California loses to Oregon State 31-28

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Just as LSU was dethroned from the top of college football, its possible successor, California, was also upset not long after. Coming into the game ranked second in the country, the Golden Bears were likely to become the number one team in the country as long as they won. However, for the first time in over 10 years, the number one and two ranked teams both lost on the same day, with Cal falling at home to the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers held off a late charge by Cal to pick up the 31-28 win.

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