The No. 6 LSU Tigers defeated the No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies on the road on Oct. 20 in the first SEC meeting between the teams.
LSU Starts Slow, Falls Behind EarlyPerhaps the early start time was to blame, but the Tigers did not appear ready to begin their game with the Aggies. LSU looked out of sync on offense and fell behind 12-0 by the midway point of the second quarter. Two Texas A&M turnovers late in the first half gave the Tigers a short field to work with. Touchdowns on both of the possessions following the turnovers allowed the Tigers to take a 14-12 lead into halftime.
Jeremy Hill Rushes For 120+ Yards AgainLSU freshman running back Jeremy Hill looked very good again in the win. Hill rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown. It was the second straight game for Hill with 120+ rushing yards and at least one touchdown. Like the win over South Carolina, a long touchdown run by Hill put the game away. On the first play after Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel threw his third interception of the game, Hill rushed for 47 yards and the score to put LSU up 24-12 with 3:12 remaining. As a team, the Tigers rushed for 200+ yards for the second game in a row.
Tiger Defense Contains Manziel, Forces Five TurnoversManziel came into the game leading the SEC with 112.7 rushing yards per game but was held to 27 yards rushing on 17 carries. Manziel was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. He also had only turned the ball over four times in 2012 before LSU picked him off three times. The Tigers also recovered two fumbles in the game. LSU was definitely sparked by the turnovers, scoring 21 points off of them.
LSU goes into its bye week with plenty of frustrations remaining in the passing game. Zach Mettenberger was sacked twice and completed just 11 of his 29 passing attempts for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Aggies. Mettenberger's day could have been better if not for receiver drops. There's still time to improve before Alabama but there's not much reason to expect better play in the passing game.
As an LSU fan watching Les Miles coached teams, I've given up on expecting seeing anything besides the defense and running game carrying the day for the Tigers.
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