Once again, LSU had the right stuff against Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies.
The LSU defense held Manziel to 16 completions, and intercepted him twice on the way to a 34-10 win Saturday in Baton Rouge. The game was played on a windy, cold, damp afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
“Our defense was great,” said LSU tailback Jeremy Hill. “And, the weather may have had something to do with it (Manziel’s woes).
Manziel never could get comfortable. At one point, he missed on 7 consecutive throws, and completed on 16 of 41 for 224 yards and one touchdown. In two games against LSU, Manziel has one touchdown pass and five interceptions.
Texas A&M’s previous low point total this season was 41 in a loss at home to Auburn. The Aggies were averaging 578 yards of offense per game. LSU held A&M to 299 yards on 59 plays.
Meantime, the LSU did what it needed to do. The Tigers held the ball for 40 minutes, 19 seconds. LSU rushed the football 55 times for 324 yards.
3 running backs, Hill, Alfred Blue and Terrence Magee had at least 13 carries. Magee had 13 carries for 149 yards.
His 65 yard off left tackle set up his own one yard touchdown run as the Tigers took a 7-0 first quarter lead. Early in the second quarter, Zach Mettenberger threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry to give LSU a 14-0 lead. The Aggies would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the game.
With 1:37 to play in the second quarter, Mettenberger found Landry behind the Aggie defense on a 40 yard touchdown pass. Landry caught 4 passes for 87 yards. He went over 1,000 yards receiving for the season, joining Odell Beckham Jr as the only Tigers to have at least 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.
LSU was 11 of 17 on third down conversions. The Tigers did have 13 penalties for 111 yards. But, there were few issues in what was LSU’s best performance of the season.
The Tigers are now 8-3 overall, and 4-3 in the SEC. LSU hosts Arkansas Friday at 1:30 pm.