LSU Tigers outlast Texas A&M Aggies, 23-17

The LSU Tigers closed out the regular a season with a 23-17 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, TX. With the win, the Tigers ended a two-game skid, and improved to 8-4, 4-4 on the year, making it the 15th consecutive season with at least eight wins, the current longest streak in college football. The Aggies dropped to 7-5, 3-5.

LSU dominated this game both offensively and defensively, and could have won by a wider margin but for two missed field goals. The Tigers’ rushing attack, which was completely shut down by Arkansas two weeks ago, returned with a vengeance tonight.

Two Tigers rushed for over 100 yards; Leonard Fournette leading the way with a career-high 146 yards on 19 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter where he bulldozed his way over the Texas A&M defender. Here it is for your viewing pleasure…

Anthony Jennings also established a career-high rushing the football, with 119 yards on 14 carries. Terrence Magee added 76 yards, and Travin Dural 49 yards. Overall, the Tigers rushed for 384 yards on the night, the most against an SEC opponent since 1997, when the Tigers rushed for 400 against Kentucky.

LSU finished with 491 yards total offense; this figure includes 107 yards passing by Jennings, who also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Diarse in the second quarter.

The LSU defense was dominant the entire night, holding Texas A&M to a total of 228 yards (the Aggies came into the game averaging 469 yards per game). The Tigers neutralized the Aggies’ passing game, holding Kyle Allen to only 144 yards in the air, more than 175 yards less than the Aggies’ average of 321 yards per game. The Tigers defense also recorded two quarterback sacks, and held the Aggies to 84 yards rushing.

The victory was sealed late in the game on a Jalen Collins’ interception.

Funny how the game of football works sometimes. LSU was on the wrong end of a bad call three weeks ago against Alabama – the Vadal Alexander personal foul. Tonight, LSU was on the good end of a non-call – on the Collins’ interception, LSU was clearly offsides, and benefitted from this one. Perhaps the calls do even out during the course of the season.

Check out the game stats here. The Tigers will now await their bowl destination to officially close out the year.

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