Five Aggie turnovers and several missed scoring chances enabled LSU to come back for a 24-19 win over Texas A&M.
No. 18 Texas A&M dominated No. 6 LSU for the first twenty-five minutes of the game, opening up a 12-0 lead, before five costly Aggie turnovers and a number of missed scoring opportunities enabled LSU to come back for a 24-19 win.
For LSU, quarterback Zach Mettenberger was ineffective but committed no turnovers while Jeremy Hill rushed for 127 yards and 1 TD.
Texas A&M totally dominated play the first twenty-five minutes of the game, opening up a 12-0 lead and outgaining LSU 229 yards to 48 yards.
Texas A&M scored on their first possession, driving 75 yards in 12 plays, with Christine Michael running in from the 2-yard line for an Aggie touchdown. Taylor Bertolet's extra point attempt hit the upright, leaving Texas A&M with a 6-0 lead at the 10:46 mark in the first quarter.
After a 3-and-out by LSU, Texas A&M drove to the Tiger 14-yard line before settling for a 32-yard Taylor Bertolet field goal to take a 9-0 lead with 5:41 left in the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter Texas A&M drove to the LSU 29-yard line before Taylor Bertolet kicked a 50-yard field goal that would have been good from 60 that extended the Aggie lead to 12-0.
Two costly turnovers late in the second quarter changed the course of the game.
The first Aggie turnover was an interception of a Johnny Manziel pass by Jalen Collins at the LSU 39-yard line that he returned 3 yards to the LSU 42-yard line. It took LSU seven plays to drive 58 yards, with Michael Ford scoring on a 20-yard run. Drew Alleman's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 12-7 with 1:49 left in the first half.
On the next Aggie possession, Ben Malena rushed for an apparent first down but fumbled, and LSU's Lamin Barrow recovered at the Texas A&M 41-yard line.
Five plays later Zach Mettenberger threw a great pass to an outstretched Kadron Boone for a 29-yard touchdown. Alleman's extra point gave LSU a 14-7 halftime lead.
At the half, Texas A&M led in total yards, 256 to 147, and in first downs, 15 to 9, but had the two turnovers.
In the first half, Johnny Manziel completed 16 of 31 passes for 169 yards. Mike Evans and Ryan Swope each had 4 catches and Ben Malena had rushed for 56 yards on 8 carries.
The third quarter was scoreless as the Aggies continued to dominate statistically. By the end of the third quarter A&M had extended their leads in first downs , 19 to 11, and total yards, 324 to 189.
An Aggie defensive stand and short punt to start the fourth quarter gave Texas A&M the ball at the LSU 48-yard line. The Aggies picked up one first down before Taylor Bertolet attempted a 52-yard field goal that would have given the Aggies a lead, but the field goal was wide right.
The missed A&M field goal gave LSU the ball good field position at their 34-yard line. LSU went to their ground game to drive down the field and use up clock. LSU drove to the Aggie 11-yard line before Drew Alleman licked a 28-yard field to extend the LSU lead to five, 17-12, with 8:35 left in the game.
Texas A&M's Trey Williams returned the ensuing LSU kickoff 76 yards to the LSU 16-yard line. A touchdown would have given the Aggies the lead. But the LSU defense held and Taylor Bertolet missed a 33-yard field goal.
Texas A&M forced an LSU punt to get the ball at their 20-yard line with 4:55 left in the game, still only down by five. A couple of LSU penalties gave the Aggies a 1st-and-10 at their 49-yard line. But Johnny Manziel suffered his third interception of the game, this one by Tharold Simon who returned it to the Texas A&M 47-yard line.
On LSU's first play from scrimmage, Jeremy Hill ran the ball up the middle for a 47-yard Tiger touchdown. Alleman's extra point gave LSU a 24-12 lead with 3:12 left in the game.
Johnny Manziel led the Aggies on a 9-play, 80-yard drive, with Ben Malena scoring a touchdown on a 5-yard run. Bertolet's extra point cut the LSU lead to 24-19 with 1:17 left in the game.
Texas A&M attempted an on-side kick but LSU recovered at the Aggie 49-yard line.
The Aggie defense forced another LSU punt but not before the Tigers had run the clock down to 10 seconds.
The game ended on a crazy pass and multiple-lateral play that LSU eventually stopped to preserve a 24-19 win.
For the game, Texas A&M outgained LSU, 410 to 316 total yards, and led in first downs, 26-16.
For Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel completed 29 of 56 passes for 276 yards with 3 INTs but was held to 27 yards rushing on 17 carries. Ben Malena rushed for 82 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries with 1 fumble. Ryan Swope came back from a cocussion to catch 10 passes for 81 yards and Mike Evans caught 6 passes for 76 yards.
For LSU, Zach Mettenberger completed just 11 of 29 passes for 97 yards and 1 TD. Jeremy Hill rushed for 127 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries.
The Texas A&M defense was outstanding, holding LSU to 316 total yards and only 97 yards passing. Damontre Moore had another All-American level game for the Aggies, with 10 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack and 1 hurry. Deshazor Everett and Steven Jenkins each had 8 tackles, while Sean Porter and Howard Matthews recorded 7 tackles.
LSU (7-1, 3-1 SEC) has an off week beforer hosting No 1 LSU.
Having outplayed LSU for much of the game, Texas A&M will be very disappointed with the outcome, knowing this was a game they could have and should have won. In addition to the five turnovers, the Aggies left at least seven points off the board with two missed field goals and a missed extra point.
Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) now goes on the road for 3 weeks, facing Auburn, Mississippi St, and Alabama.