Blame It On The Rain
The Tigers used an aggressive defense to slow down the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M’s dynamic offense. Defensive coordinator John Chavis used a lot of man-to-man coverage against the Aggies and put a ton of pressure on Johnny Manziel. In order for the plan to work, LSU’s young defenders had to tackle in space to prevent big plays. Fortunately for Chavis and the legions of brave LSU fans that endured cold, wet weather, the plan worked.
Listed below are five takeaways from the Aggies and Tigers:
Defense Stymies Manziel, Evans
Manziel completed just eight of his 22 pass attempts in the first half. One of those completions was good for a 51-yard touchdown pass, but LSU held him in check otherwise.
The Tigers picked off Manziel during the Aggies’ first possession of the second half and again late in the fourth quarter. Chavis' defense held Texas A&M’s stud receiver Mike Evans to just one reception for eight yards during the first half. Evans finished with four catches for 51 yards.
Pair of 1,000-Yard Receivers
With his 10-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, Jarvis Landry joined Odell Beckham Jr. as a 1,000-yard receiver this season. It is the first time in LSU history that the Tigers have produced two 1,000-yard receivers. Landry finished as the Tigers’ leading receiver with four catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Magee Powers Run Game
LSU used all the running backs at its disposal against the Aggies and they were all successful. The talented backfield accumulated 324 yards for the game while averaging nearly six yards per carry. Terrence Magee led the way with 13 carries for 149 yards and one touchdown. He continually broke long runs en route to a career high.
Penalties Hamper Tigers
One area of concern for coach Les Miles is the numerous penalties committed by the Tigers. There were at least half a dozen fouls committed prior to the snap, including false starts and illegal motion penalties. Those mistakes are hard to justify when you’re playing your 11th game of the season and in your own stadium. LSU finished with 13 penalties for 111 yards.
The Bayou Bengals will have just six days to prepare for their last game of the regular season against hapless Arkansas in Baton Rouge. With a win on Friday, LSU will improve to 9-3 and will hope for a New Year’s Day bowl game. This season could be considered a success if it is able to win its bowl game and finish with 10 wins.