The offensive philosophy for LSU against Texas A&M was to attack the Aggies at the point of attack with a stable of powerful running backs and Cam Cameron carried out that blueprint perfectly as LSU ran over, through and around the Aggies in the Tiger’s 34-10 win.
LSU had 46 carries up the middle for 251 yards and two touchdowns. They only ran it to the left five times and to the right two times for a combined 75 yards. The time of possession swung heavily in favor of the Tigers who held the ball for 40:19 and kept the potent Aggie offense on the sidelines.
Jeremy Hill was my pick to be the team’s player of the week on Wednesday when I recorded this week’s Death Valley Voice Podcast, and predicted a game with 150 rushing yards, but it was actually his backup, Terrance Magee who stole the show with a career-high 149 yards, highlighted by a 65-yard run to the one-yard line, on 13 carries and a touchdown.
The Tigers ran for 324 yards on 55 carries and had three players with more yards on the ground than Johnny Manziel who led the Aggies with 54 yards. The insertion of Connor Neighbors in the starting lineup at fullback proved to be a wise one. Cameron called a masterful game and it was executed perfectly by the entire offense.
Cameron’s counterpart on defense, John Chavis called a heckuva game against the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Manziel and severely limited the potent Aggies offense. The Aggies came in entering 379.2 yards passing per game and scoring 49.2 points per game. Those numbers ranked fifth and sixth in the nation, respectively, but were held to 224 passing and 299 yards.
Texas A&M was shutout in the first quarter for the first time since Sept. 15, 2012 against SMU and trailed at one point by 24 which was their largest deficit of the year. The 10 points by A&M are the fewest they have scored all season and the fewest in the Manziel era.
This was the defense LSU fans have been waiting for all season long and they showed that characteristic LSU speed and were able to get to Manziel and bottled him up nicely when he tried to scramble. He was forced to his left often and his accuracy suffered as a result.
He completed 16 of 41 passes and now his two worst passing games in his college career are against LSU. His previous low was when he was when he completed 51.8 percent of his passes in the LSU game last year. His chances of winning a second straight Heisman are all but gone after the dreadful performance.
What was so remarkable was that LSU started two freshman corners, Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson, and Manziel and Mike Evans, one of the nation’s top receivers were unable to take advantage of this mismatch. Evans finished with 51 yards on four catches with 38 coming on a late catch with the game already decided.
Nine straight games with 500-plus yards and 13 consecutive games with 40 or more points came to an end in Death Valley where dreams and Heisman dreams come to die.