UK Beats LSU 43-37 In Triple Overtime

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky became the latest team to shake up the national title race.

Andre Woodson found Steve Johnson open in the end zone for a 7-yard score in the third extra period and the No. 17 Wildcats stunned No. 1 LSU 43-37 Saturday.

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

LSU had a chance to tie, but couldn't get a first down on four straight running plays. Charles Scott was stopped a yard short on a fourth-and-2 run and Kentucky had it's first victory over a No. 1team since 1964, when it beat Mississippi.

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 Devery Henderson scored on a 75-yard tipped pass as time expired in what is still known in Baton Rouge as the "Bluegrass Miracle."

"It proved we're a team that obviously earns a lot more respect now," Woodson said in the middle of the on-field celebration. "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."

It was the first time in nearly four years the No. 1 team was beaten during the regular season. On Dec. 6, 2003, Kansas State beat top-ranked Oklahoma 35-7 for the Big 12 title.

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 straight points to tie it at 27. Both teams scored rushing TDs in the first OT and field goals in the second.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Mr. Oblivious Location: Ky on Oct 17, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    Chick McGee, your lawyer called. From now on, I will be known as Mr. Oblivious or a symbol that I came up with but can't type because it isn't on the keyboard. Does anyone know where I can buy a couch cheap...I..lost mine.
  • by LSU FAN Location: Baton Rouge, LA on Oct 16, 2007 at 02:51 PM
    OMG the LSU fan were not rude whenever yall played My Old Kentucky Home and the call to post. Get real it is a football game and not the KY Derby or Keeneland. Also yall need to grow up on running out on the field you didn't see LSU fans running on the field when we beat FL and that is our biggest game. We just want a rematch in Atlanta. GOOD LUCK with FL yall might need it.
  • by Justin Location: Morehead on Oct 16, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at the game. I was impressed with the fan support for UK and the noise level while LSU was on offense. Lets go out and win us another one this Saturday!!
  • by Billy Location: lexington on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:50 AM
    Brooks didn't seem to have a problem with fans running out on the field. It almost seemed as if he was smiling about it. I think if UK beats Fordia we will be on the field again. In fact the security was helping you get down there it's not like they were trying to stop you.
  • by Chick McGee Location: Indy on Oct 16, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    Note to Mr. Obvious - YOU didn't come up with the name; you stole it from us. See you in court.....LOL!
  • by Mr. Obvious Location: KY on Oct 15, 2007 at 01:01 PM
    Great job and a great win. Like Bear Bryant said," When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before". Enough running onto the field and enough burning couches.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 15, 2007 at 11:36 AM
    Don't stop at couches! Loot, pillage and burn our way through the city! Destruction is the ONLY way to celebrate! Shane, you bring up a good point. Couple more times of rushing the field, and UK may not be able to play a BCS game because of their immature fan base. FYI, I was at the game, and celebrated in the STANDS! Also, I went straight home afterward and SAT on my couch to watch the highlights on ESPN, rather than dragging it into my driveway and torching it. You know what? I HAD A GREAT TIME AND DIDN'T DESTROY A THING, ESPECIALLY MY TEAM'S HOPES OF PLAYING IN A BCS BOWL!
  • by KY girl too Location: KY on Oct 15, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    Amen Shane-grow up and get some sense! Running onto the field and acting like idiots (not to mention costing the school $) is as bad and as immature as the LSU fans showing disrespect during the National Anthem! Come on guys - let's show them how "big" we are, not act like fools!
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Oct 15, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    Note to Ky Girl - So burning couches after a win is ok? Destroying other people's property is considered acceptable? KY fans are just as rude.
  • by Ky Girl Location: lexington on Oct 15, 2007 at 06:57 AM
    I agree with Carolyn...the LSU fans were so rude!Not just during My Old Ky Home, but also during the National Anthem!I have come to the conclusion after this game, that their fans just have no class!I saw a lot of thing s out of their fans Saturday that prove this. Maybe now they'll get off their high horse since they are no longer #1! This was the best game ever!I am so proud of our team for sticking to their guns and playing so hard! They have done a great job this year and Brooks has done a great job coaching them! There were plenty of times during that game that our guys could've given up, but they didn't and I think they did an exceptional job! Congratulations Cats! We Believe!
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