Zach Mettenberger threw two touchdown passes to Jarvis Landry and Johnny Manziel endured the worst game of his two-year career as LSU defeated Texas A&M 34-10 at Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
Score: Terrence Magee 1-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 7, Texas A&M 0
Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards
Time of Possession: 2:27
Time Remaining: 2:51, first quarter
Key Play: On second-and-five, Magee ran for 65 yards and a first down at Texas A&M's 1.
Score: Landry 10-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 14, Texas A&M 0
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards
Time of Possession: 3:13
Time Remaining: 13:15, second quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Zach Mettenberger completed a 36-yard pass to Dillon Gordon for a first down at Texas A&M's 29.
Score: Josh Lambo 41-yard field goal. LSU 14, Texas A&M 3
Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards
Time of Possession: 1:17
Time Remaining: 6:00, second quarter
LSU defense lets air out of Johnny FootballClick Key Play: A 14-yard punt by Jamie Keehn gave Texas A&M a first down at LSU's 26. Here to view this Link.
Score: Landry 40-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 21, Texas A&M 3
Drive: 8 plays, 91 yards
Time of Possession: 4:14
Time Remaining: 1:37, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-nine, Mettenberger completed a 20-yard pass to Jeremy Hill for a first down at Texas A&M's 42.
Score: Derel Walker 51-yard pass from Manziel. Lambo PAT. LSU 21, Texas A&M 10
Drive: 3 plays, 73 yards
Time of Possession: :24
Time Remaining: 1:08, second quarter
Score: Delahoussaye 21-yard field goal. LSU 24, Texas A&M 10
Drive: 13 plays, 71 yards
Time of Possession: 6:03
Time Remaining: 8:57, third quarter
Key Play: On third-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 21-yard pass to Landry for a first down at Texas A&M's 3.
Score: Kenny Hilliard 2-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 31, Texas A&M 10
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards
Time of Possession: 5:58
Time Remaining: 2:01, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-six, De'Vante Harris was penalized 10 yards for roughing the passer to give LSU a first down at Texas A&M's 11.
Score: Delahoussaye 36-yard field goal. LSU 34, Texas A&M 10
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards
Time of Possession: 4:52
Time Remaining: 7:57, fourth quarter
Efficient offensive performance against AggiesClick Key Play: On first-and-ten, Alfred Blue ran for 10 yards for a first down at Texas A&M's 15.Here to view this Link.
Texas A&M reduced its deficit to 11 points at 21-10 with a touchdown pass late in the first half. LSU took the second half kickoff and drove 71 yards in 13 plays for a field goal. That possession consumed more than six minutes and gave the Tigers a two-touchdown advantage. Mettenberger completed two third-and-long situations with completions to Landry on the field goal drive. Rashard Robinson intercepted a pass on the Aggies' next series. LSU then drove for a touchdown which wrapped up the victory late in the third quarter.
LSU KEY OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Magee led a rushing attack which gained more than 300 yards with a career-best 149 yards on 13 carries. Magee, who scored one touchdown, had runs of 65 and 37 yards. Mettenberger, who was 11-of-20, passed for 193 yards and the two touchdowns to Landry. Beckham caught five passes for 50 yards, while Landry accounted for 87 yards on four receptions.
LSU KEY DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Safety Craig Loston had a team-high seven tackles and intercepted a pass at the goal line to halt a Texas A&M drive. Linebacker D.J. Welter registered six tackles and, more importantly, registered three quarterback-hurries. Linebacker Lamin Barrow had five tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. Ends Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco each had one sack. Robinson intercepted a pass and limited Mike Evans to four catches for 51 yards.
LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Les Miles postgame videoClick Excluding the last possession of the game, LSU put points on the scoreboard every time it reached Texas A&M territory - four touchdowns and two field goals. The first Tigers field goal was a disappointment as they had a first-and-goal at the Aggies' 3. Two false starts cost LSU ten yards and led to the field goal try. A holding penalty caused the Tigers have to attempt their second field goal after having a first down at Texas A&M's 15.Here to view this Link.
LSU CRITICAL MISTAKES
Penalties were the biggest problems for the Tigers. They were penalized 13 times for 111 yards. False starts by tackle Jerald Hawkins and guard Trai Turner forced LSU to settle for a 21-yard Delahoussaye field goal in the third quarter. A holding call against tight end Logan Stokes slowed down a fourth-quarter drive and necessitated another Delahoussaye field goal. On Manziel's 51-yard touchdown pass to Walker, cornerback Tre'Davious White slipped in coverage. Keehn got off a 14-yard punt into the wind which set up Texas A&M's field goal.
LSU's four tailbacks rushed for 322 yards on 48 attempts - an average of 6.7 yards per carry. Meanwhile, the Aggies' two tailbacks had 21 yards on six tries. Manziel had a net of 54 rushing yards on 12 plays. He completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes (16-of-41) for 224 yards. The Tigers gained 517 yards, while Texas A&M finished with 299 yards. There were two turnovers - both committed by Texas A&M. LSU was 11-of-17 on third-down plays. The Tigers had possession of the ball for slightly more than 40 minutes. Texas A&M ran just 59 plays, while LSU had 75 snaps.
LSU players wore a 'JD' sticker on their helmet in honor of former All-Southeastern Conference basketball player and athletic director Joe Dean, who passed away last Sunday. . .The Tigers have now won 23 of 24 games following a defeat under coach Les Miles. . .LSU has now won at least eight games 14 seasons in a row. . .Texas A&M's 10 points and 299 yards were lows in the two years Kevin Sumlin has been coach. The Aggies had scored at least 41 points in each of their first ten games this season. . .LSU's 40:19 possession time was its most in seven years. The Tigers had the ball for 41:06 in a victory at Tennessee in 2006. . .Beckham has caught a pass in 25 consecutive games. Beckham, who had 80 all-purpose yards, is now LSU's single-season record holder in that category. He has 2,170 yards. Beckham, who had 50 receiving yards, has the fourth highest total for a Tigers receiver in a single season with 1,101 yards. . .Hill ran for 76 yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. He has 1,040 yards for the season. . .Magee's 65-yard run was a career-long. The 100-yard rushing game was the third of his career - all this season. . .Landry's 87 receiving yards gave him 1,059 for the season. That total is the seventh best in a season for a LSU receiver. Beckham and Landry are the first pair of Tigers players to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season. . .Mettenberger's 193 passing yards give him 2,926 for the year - the third best LSU single-season total. He has 22 touchdown passes this season - tied for the third best in school history - and 35 touchdown passes in his career - fifth best in school history. . .Robinson made the first start of his career as the Tigers opened the game in a nickel package. . .Safety Corey Thompson suffered an ankle injury in the first half and didn't return. He was replaced in the lineup by true freshman Rickey Jefferson. Safety Ronald Martin was unavailable due to an injury. . .LSU is 8-3 overall, 4-3 in the SEC. Texas A&M is also 8-3 overall, 4-3 in the SEC. . .The paid attendance was 92,949.
WHAT THE HEAD COACH HAD TO SAY
"Sometimes as a head coach, you keep asking your defensive staff 'you need to do this, you need to do this' so many times that the defensive staff says 'we got that, we understand that.' The handling of the head coach in allowing me to participate, but not overwhelm, is just what they did. (Defensive coordinator) John Chavis, (defensive line coach) Brick Haley and (secondary coach) Corey Raymond were spectacular in that game. Offensively, we talked about playing efficient football. The defense was going to get them stopped and we were going to have to possess the ball and drive the ball. We didn't have a turnover and we kept the ball 40 minutes to the opponent's 20. That's the recipe for victory."
LSU will conclude its regular season against Arkansas on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. The Razorbacks (3-8, 0-7) lost to Mississippi State 24-17 in overtime Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised by CBS.
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