LSU Football: The bright spot for the Tigers in loss to Texas A&M

LSU Football vs Texas A&M Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Not a lot went right for LSU football in its loss to Texas A&M.

LSU football only managed seven points against Texas A&M on Saturday night.

Not many games are won in the SEC by scoring only seven points.

But despite LSU’s rough offensive night, there was at least one bright spot for the Tigers in their loss to the Aggies.

The defense played pretty well.

LSU football’s defensive performance should take some heat off Bo Pelini

Early in the season, LSU’s defense was the main reason the Tigers were struggling. The offense, which was being led by redshirt junior quarterback Myles Brennan, was doing its job.

LSU scored 41 points in its loss to Missouri. That should’ve been good enough for the win. But Mizzou put 44 points on the board.

Not good.

As a result, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, who took over this season for Dave Aranda (who left to become the head coach at Baylor), started taking some heat from fans.

And that was understandable — especially after Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron proclaimed in September that LSU’s defense was already better than it was at any point in 2019 (which turned out to not be true).

Over the last couple of weeks, however, the Tigers’ defense has looked much better.

LSU only gave up 24 points to Arkansas last week. And against Texas A&M, one of the top teams in the country, the Tigers gave up only 20 points.

Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond was only 11-of-34 for 105 passing yards. Texas A&M also had just 267 total yards.

Not bad for a defense that couldn’t stop Auburn a few weeks ago.

Pelini is a bright guy. He knows what he’s doing when it comes to defense.

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Saturday night’s performance against Texas A&M may have resulted in a loss for LSU, but the play of the defense is something that should encourage fans moving forward.