Beavers Lose Heartbreaker To Defending National Champion LSU

Sept. 4, 2004

AP Sports Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU can thank an Oregon State kicker who could notmake extra points for it's season-opening victory.

Alexis Serna missed three extra points Saturday night, including one thatwould have forced a second overtime, and No. 4 LSU escaped with a 22-21 victoryover the Beavers.

The defending BCS champion Tigers trailed throughout the game, were shut outin the first half, and behind 15-7 with 1:38 left.

The Tigers seemed sure to lose when they drove to the Oregon State 2-yardline and failed to score with 3:39 left.

But their defense gave them another shot.

The Tigers got the ball back for their final possession of regulation with1:38 left. After JaMarcus Russell threw two incompletions, he hooked up withDwayne Bowe for a 26-yarder then a 38-yard touchdown to cut Oregon State's leadto 15-13.

On the conversion, Russell ran to the left, stretched out the football andleaped into the end zone for two points to tie it at 15 and force overtime.

In the overtime period, Oregon State won the toss but deferred. LSU scoredon its first possession. Marcus Randall, who started the game at quarterback,came in when Russell was injured, and ran for a 5-yard touchdown, giving LSUit's first lead of the game, 22-15 with the extra point.

Derek Anderson found Joe Newton with a 19-yard scoring pass, pulling theBeavers to 22-21.

Serna, who kicked a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter, sent the extrapoint wide right, giving LSU the victory.

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