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5 Longest Games in College Football History

5 Longest Games in College Football History

5 Longest Games in College Football History

It wasn't pretty, but Virginia Tech edged North Carolina 43-41 in a six-overtime game this past Saturday. The Hokies and Tar Heels were the first to try out college football's new overtime rules, which now requires teams to go for the two-point conversion in the fourth overtime instead of the third.

Saturday's game may have set an ACC record, but it wasn't the longest in college football history. The NCAA did away with ties in 1996, and since then, five games have gone into the seventh overtime. Here they are (in chronological order).

1. Arkansas 58, Ole Miss 56

Nov. 3, 2001 - Oxford, Miss.

The Rebels and Razorbacks were tied 17-17 at the end of regulation and began going for the two-point conversion after scoring touchdowns. The game ended in the seventh OT when Eli Manning tossed a pass to Doug Ziegler who was stopped short of the end zone. Manning finished with a school-record six touchdown passes, five of which were thrown in overtime.

2. Arkansas 71, Kentucky 63

Nov. 1, 2003 - Lexington, Ky.

As you can see, Arkansas is no stranger to long games and did another seven overtimes with Kentucky. After a wild four quarters where both teams returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, the two scored 86 points in the overtime periods. The game ended on Kentucky's possession when quarterback Jared Lorenzen fumbled on a keeper on fourth down. At the time, the score was the highest in the modern football era.

3. North Texas 25, Florida International 22

Oct. 7, 2006 - Denton, Texas

North Texas was 1-4 and FIU was 0-5 and this game was not good football. Both teams were tied 16-16 and the end of regulation and then went on to miss eight field goals in overtime. The game finally ended with kicker Denis Hopovac's successful boot in the seventh overtime.

4. Western Michigan 71, Buffalo 68

Oct. 7, 2017 - Amherst, N.Y.

Tied 31-31 after four quarters, both teams broke the record for the highest-scoring game in college football history. After Buffalo had to settle for a field goal in the seventh overtime, Western Michigan capitalized with a 12-yard touchdown run by Jarvion Franklin.

5. Texas A&M 74, LSU 72

Nov., 24, 2018 - College Station, Texas

LSU and Texas A&M closed out the regular season in dramatic fashion. The two teams played to a 31-31 tie in regulation and matched each other score-for-score through six overtimes. LSU failed to convert the two-point conversion in the seventh, but A&M did and came away with the win. The 146 combined points are the highest ever next to Georgia Tech’s 222-0 drubbing of Cumberland College in 1916.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.