Scores

Final/OT

LSU 37

(6-1, 3-1 SEC)

Kentucky 43

(6-1, 2-1 SEC)

3:30 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Commonwealth Stadium, LEXINGTON, KY

1 2 3 4 OT T
LSU 0 17 10 0 1037
UK 7 7 7 6 1643

Top Performers

Passing: A. Woodson (UK) - 250 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Scott (LSU) - 7 CAR, 94 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Johnson (UK) - 7 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Kentucky topples top-ranked LSU in third overtime

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- As a blue stream of Kentucky fans poured from the stands to celebrate the Wildcats' biggest victory in decades, Andre' Woodson was in the middle of the party calmly talking about taking down No. 1 LSU.

"It proved we're a team that obviously earns a lot more respect now," Woodson said after No. 17 Kentucky upset the Tigers 43-37 in triple overtime Saturday. "We've come a long way from being a doormat in the SEC to competing with the best teams in the SEC and getting some wins."

Rare Upset
LSU Tigers

In the football rich tradition of the SEC, this is surprisingly only the fifth time that an AP-ranked SEC school has defeated a conference rival that was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the same time. Florida has been knocked off three times, and this was the second time LSU was upset.

Year Opponent Opp. rank No. 1 Won by
2007 Kentucky 17 LSU 6
1997 LSU 14 Florida 7
1994 Auburn 6 Florida 3
1985 Georgia 17 Florida 21
1959 Tennessee 13 LSU 1

The Wildcats became the latest team to shake up the national title race and the first in nearly four years to take down the top-ranked team in the regular season.

Woodson found Steve Johnson open in the end zone for a 7-yard score in the third extra period. The 2-point conversion, required after two overtimes, failed but it didn't matter.

With a chance to win it, LSU couldn't get a first down on four straight running plays. Charles Scott was stopped by Braxton Kelley a yard short on fourth-and-2.

"He came out of nowhere," said Scott, who came off the field in tears. "I thought I was close."

Close but not enough and Kentucky (6-1, 2-1 SEC) had its first victory over a No. 1 team since 1964, when it beat Mississippi.

"We are shocked," LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith said. "Anytime you lose, it hurts. We just have to keep our heads up."

Kelley called it another clutch play from an underdog in a season of surprises.

"Football is football," Kelley said. "Each player has the drive to make plays, and all around the nation right now, people are doing that."

However, Kentucky topped them all by toppling No. 1.

No highly ranked team seems to be safe this season. It started with Appalachian State knocking off No. 5 Michigan in Week 1. In the previous two weeks, nine teams ranked in the top 10 have lost, including No. 2 USC falling 24-23 to Stanford last week.

No. 1 had been safe though, until now, the day before the first Bowl Championship Series standings come out.

The last time a No. 1 team was beaten during the regular season was Dec. 6, 2003, when Kansas State upset top-ranked Oklahoma 35-7 for the Big 12 title.

Another group of Wildcats pulled it off this time, led by a Heisman Trophy contender at quarterback.

Woodson wasn't sharp early but completed 21 of 38 passes for 250 yards, throwing for three TDs and running in another. He largely had to carry the load with top rusher Rafael Little sidelined with a bruised thigh.

On the final touchdown, Johnson was wide open because defender Jonathan Zenon tripped and fell down. Woodson double-pumped before firing a strike.

"Whenever it starts to look dark, that's when they dig down and find something extra," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said.

LSU (6-1, 3-1) became No. 1 two weeks ago for the first time since 1959. In its first game as the No. 1 team in 48 years, LSU escaped with a 28-24 win over Florida last week when Jacob Hester scored on a 2-yard run with less than a minute left.

This week, LSU couldn't escape and it looks like the Tigers' stay atop the rankings will be a short one.

"I don't think we were good," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I think there's a lot of things we can correct. We all can look at execution. It cost us tonight. It cost us big time."

Fans at Commonwealth Stadium stormed the field, in a scene reminiscent of 2002, the last time these teams played in Lexington. Only that time, it was a false alarm because LSU's Devery Henderson scored on a 75-yard tipped pass as time expired in what is still known in Baton Rouge as the "Bluegrass Miracle."

"Maybe redemption," Kentucky defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon said of Saturday's win.

Kentucky was fined earlier this year after fans rushed the field following a victory over Louisville.

This time, as Brooks watched even more spectators flood the field, he acknowledged more NCAA discipline would follow, "but I think it's worth it," he said.

Early on Saturday, it didn't seem like this game was heading to a miracle finish. It didn't seem like the Tigers would need one.

But starting with a minute left in the third quarter, Kentucky scored 13 points to tie it at 27. Both teams scored rushing TDs in the first OT and field goals in the second.

Woodson, who earlier this season broke Trent Dilfer's major college record of 271 consecutive passes without an interception, had two picked off Saturday.

"I could have easily put my head down after those two picks, but that's the thing about being a quarterback -- you've got to continue being a leader and really have the confidence in your eyes," Woodson said.

The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead after Woodson's tipped, wobbly pass was grabbed in the end zone by T.C. Drake.

The Tigers didn't wait long to answer. Two long runs, 27 yards from Trindon Holliday and 55 yards from Scott, set up Scott's first TD, a 1-yard plunge to tie the game at 7. The Tigers tacked on another TD by Scott, from 13 yards out, late in the first half.

Kentucky closed the deficit to 17-14 at halftime. Woodson found Steve Johnson on a 50-yard post, then Woodson scrambled 12 yards untouched into the end zone. Johnson had seven receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Until late in the game, Kentucky did little against LSU's top ranked defense, which had allowed fewer than 200 yards a game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LSU
UK
1st Downs2226
Total Yards403375
Passing142250
Rushing261125
Penalties12-1037-62
3rd Down Conversions8-199-17
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers12
Possession33:2126:39

Passing Leaders

LSUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Flynn17/351303.711
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Woodson21/382506.632

Rushing Leaders

LSUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott79413.4255
Hester18613.4011
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Locke20643.2117
Dixon17452.6011

Receiving Leaders

LSURECYDSAVGTDLG
LaFell44210.5018
Dickson4338.3112
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson713419.1151
Lyons6498.2014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLSUUK
TD02:49T.C. Drake 2 Yd Pass From Andre' Woodson (Lones Seiber Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 49 yds, 4:53
07
SECOND QUARTERLSUUK
TD14:55Charles Scott 1 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 79 yds, 2:54
77
FG05:42Colt David 31 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 68 yds, 5:42
107
TD01:48Charles Scott 13 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 3:37
177
TD01:04Andre' Woodson 12 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 78 yds, :44
1714
THIRD QUARTERLSUUK
TD09:12Richard Dickson 4 Yd Pass From Matt Flynn (Colt David Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 52 yds, 5:48
2414
FG03:49Colt David 30 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 38 yds, 4:19
2714
TD01:13Jacob Tamme 8 Yd Pass From Andre' Woodson (Lones Seiber Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 82 yds, 2:36
2721
FOURTH QUARTERLSUUK
FG07:57Lones Seiber 33 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 48 yds, 6:54
2724
FG04:21Lones Seiber 27 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 53 yds, 2:47
2727
OVERTIMELSUUK
TDDerrick Locke 1 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 25 yds, :00
2734
TDRichard Murphy 2 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 25 yds, :00
3434
2ND OVERTIMELSUUK
FGColt David 38 Yd 3734
FGLones Seiber 43 Yd 3737
3RD OVERTIMELSUUK
TDSteve Johnson 7 Yd Pass From Andre' Woodson (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3743