David's 26-yard field goal lifts LSU past Ole Miss in OTNov 19, 2006 - 5:02 AM BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Colt David's disappointment did not last long.
David had a potential game-winning extra point blocked in the waning seconds of regulation but delivered the winning kick in overtime as No. 9 Louisiana State rallied for 23-20 triumph over Mississippi in a Southeastern Conference battle.
LSU (9-2, 5-2 SEC West) trailed, 20-7, entering the fourth quarter before JaMarcus Russell threw a four-yard touchdown to Early Doucet with 8:46 remaining, then tied the game with a five-yard toss to Dwayne Bowe on 4th-and-goal with 14 seconds left.
"We kept our composure and fought it in," Russell said about the tying touchdown. "We had it set up on first down, too. But we executed it better on fourth down."
It was the school-record 22nd TD connection between Russell and Bowe, passing Tommy Hodson and Wendell Davis.
But with the game seemingly in hand, LSU allowed Mississippi freshman John Jerry to bust up the middle and block David's extra-point try. He had made 77 consecutive kicks prior to the letdown.
"I blocked a couple of kicks in practice this week, one in high school," Jerry said. "Coach (Ed Orgeron) had confidence in me to do what I had to do. I got off on the ball really good. I think I was in the backfield before the kicker even got a step on the ball."
"That was the first time we used John on extra-point defense," Orgeron said. "We put in a special block for this week. We called it 'Sky.' We thought we might need it this game."
But on the Rebels' opening drive of the extra session, defensive back Daniel Francis sacked quarterback Brent Schaeffer, and defensive end Tyson Jackson pounced on the loose ball.
Jacob Hester carried seven times to get the Tigers down to the 9, setting up David's 26-yard field goal to seal the come-from-behind win.
"That was the first time I made a game-winner at any level," David said. "I had never been in that position before, but I had always dreamed of making one. When I made the kick and all my teammates starting hitting me, it was a rush. The feeling was amazing."
Russell completed 19-of-35 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers, who went 8-0 at home this season.
"We just had to put everything behind us and get together. That's what big games are for," Russell said. "You can't be nervous. You're a ballplayer. There was a lot of ball left to play in that fourth quarter. We just had to step it up and pull together, and I made it happen."
Schaeffer went 6-of-14 for 72 yards and a touchdown and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 95 yards and a score for the Rebels (3-8, 1-6 West), who conclude their season next week vs. rival Mississippi State.
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