The #6 ranked LSU Tigers (7-1, 3-1 SEC) got their first win in College Station on Saturday since 1987. The Aggies out gained LSU 410-316 on total yards allowed however, LSU’s top-notch defense kept the offense and the team in the game forcing 4 turnovers against the Aggies.
LSU’s defense was very impressed with A&M’s Johnny Manziels performance but it did not take them long to figure it out and stop him. Manziel only gained 50 yards on 17 attempts on the ground. While being sacked and throwing 3 interceptions on the day.
Johnny Manziel and the Aggies got off to a fast start getting a touchdown in just over 4 minutes to start the game; the extra point attempt hit the uprights and A&M only came away with a 6-0 lead.
LSU showed its very pedestrian offense to start the game and punted the ball on the first 3 possessions of the game while gaining little to no yards. The Aggies only scored 6 more points from field goals for the rest of the half while they began to turn the ball over.
Johnny Manziel threw an interception caught by freshman Jalen Collins. LSU capitalized on that turnover scoring a touchdown on a 20 yard run by Michael Ford. Prior to that touchdown LSU converted a 4th down conversion on a 10 yard Ford run in which Spencer Ware stood under center and made the pitch to Ford.
On the following drive Texas A&M fumbles the ball forced by Ronald Martin and recovered by Barkevious Mingo.
Then Zach Mettenberger completed one of the best passes I’ve seen him throw since being at LSU. He hooked up with Kadron Boone for a 29-yard touchdown pass that made ESPN’s Top 10 at #2.
Zach Mettenberger threw 29 times and completed 11 with 97 yards and 1 passing touchdown. He was only sacked 2 times and did not commit a turnover. Boone had 4 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown while Odell Beckham chipped in with 4 of his own catches and 35 yards.
Jeremy Hill’s birthday was Saturday and it sure was a good one, he rushed 18 times for 127 yards and scored the touchdown that ultimately won the game for the second straight week as LSU outscored Texas A&M 24-0 after trailing by 12 early in the game. The Aggies scored one more time with just under two minutes remaining in the game to make the score 24-19. LSU scored 21 points off three of the four turnovers that the Aggies committed and this was a big difference in the game. LSU’s defense asserts its pressure and most offenses cannot handle it for a whole game.
LSU’s D had 3 sacks and 4 quarterback hurries on the day as well as 7 tackles for a loss, making it very hard for Johnny “Football” to do anything.
Hopefully the LSU team we have seen for the last two weeks is the team that we will see for the rest of the year. These guys have a lot of talent and just need to eliminate costly mistakes and turnovers.
LSU will have one week off before facing the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide here in Baton Rouge while Alabama will have to face an undefeated and ranked #12 Mississippi State this week before heading down to the bayou for the November 3rdshowdown.