By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
LSU man handles Aggies, 50-7
The Tigers were going to make sure that they were prepared for the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday night in Death Valley. With last season's 74-72, seven overtime loss in College Station burned into their heads, LSU honored their 15 seniors by scorching Texas A&M, 50-7, and finishing the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record.
The Tigers took the games opening kickoff and flexed their muscles immediately. It only took 6 plays, 75 yards, & 2:10 off of the clock, ending with Clyde Edwards-Helaire punching it in from five yards out, 7-0. It only took two minutes for the defense to get the ball back for LSU's second possession. This time, the Tigers went 80 yards, taking 11 plays and scored as Justin Jefferson grabbed a 12 yard TD pass from Joe Burrow. Cade York put the PAT through, 14-0 Tigers! The Aggies picked up a 1st down and it was looking like they may mount a drive. K'Lavon Chaisson ended any hope of that, sacking Kellen Mond for a ten yard loss on 3rd down. On the next play, A&M punter, Braden Mann, placed a nice punt deep into LSU territory, with it being downed at 11 yard line. In a one minute, 20 second flash, LSU increased their lead when Burrow hit JaMarr Chase flying down the middle of the field behind the secondary for a 78 yard touchdown. 91 yards in three plays, 21-0, LSU. Texas A&M would go three and out again, and it was K'Lavon Chaisson sacking Mond on 3rd down to also kill this drive, as the quarter came to a close.
The second quarter began like the first, with LSU taking the ball and driving right down the field for a score. This time they went 55 yards in 11 plays. Tyrion Davis-Price took it in from 4 yards out. With 10:46 to go in the quarter, the Tigers were up 28-0. The LSU defense continued to play great, as they forced the Aggies into another three and out. Burrow drove the Tigers 53 yards in 9 plays, were the drive stalled. Cade York came in a drilled a 51 yard field goal, to conclude the scoring in the 1st half. LSU lead 31-0 at the break.
Texas A&M took the ball to start the 3rd quarter. After running five plays, they were forced to punt. The Aggies retained possession after LSU downed a punt at the A&M 13 yard line. On 1st and 10, Kellen Mond threw his pass right into Grant Delpit's arms giving LSU the football at the 40 yard line in Aggie territory. LSU had to settle for a Cade York 50 yard field goal, putting the Tigers up 34-0. Finally, Texas A&M put together a scoring drive, going 75 yards in 6 plays. Isaiah Spiller took it in from 1 yard out, and the Aggies were on the board, 34-7, with 4:13 to go in the 3rd quarter. The quarter would end with the score LSU 41, A&M 7, as Joe Burrow hit JaMarr Chase for a 18 yard touchdown. That scoring toss was Burrow's 44th of the season, tying the SEC record for most in a season.
Texas A&M continued a drive from the final seconds of the 3rd quarter, as they converted a big 1st down on a 4th and 6. Punter, Braden Mannran ran for 15 yards up the middle on a fake punt that fooled the Tigers special teams badly. However, the LSU defense came up with another big turnover as Jacoby Stevens intercepted Mond in the back of the end zone, killing a 12 play drive. From there, LSU called time out on 2nd down to take Joe Burrow out of the game to a standing ovation. Miles Brennan stepped in and four plays later hit Racey McMath streaking down the far sidelines for a 58 yard touchdown. With 10:36 to go in the game, the Tigers held a 48-7 advantage. Kary Vincent Jr. ended A&M's next possession as he intercepted Mond at the LSU 46 yard line. The LSU defense would tack on a safety late in the game.
Joe Burrow, playing his final game in Tiger Stadium, finished the game, 23/32, 352 yards passing, 3 TDs. Edwards-Helaire again led the team in rushing, with 87 yards on 18 carries. JaMarr Chase once again was the leading receiver of the WR group, catching 7 ball for 197 yards and 2 TDs. McMath had 67 yards on 2 grabs and a score. Justin Jefferson finished with 55 yards on 6 receptions. The LSU defense played exceptional all game long, holding Texas A&M to only 169 total yards of offense. They forced three turnovers and sacked Kellen Mond six times. What a great way to finish off a special regular season at home in Tiger Stadium. But, LSU has yet to reach their main goal of the season. That road continues next Saturday in Atlanta, as LSU will battle the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC Championship and secure a spot in the playoffs.