LSU Topples Texas A&M 23-17 Behind Rushing Attack
Coming off of back to back losses for only the second time in the Les Miles era (2005-present), the LSU Tiger football team needed a win to finish off their regular season. Thanks to a potent rushing attack, they earned one Thanksgiving night at Texas A&M.
Freshmen phenom running back Leonard Fournette rumbled to a career-high 146 yards on the ground and 1 touchdown, a highlight reel 22 yard scamper in the 2nd quarter that saw him bulldoze over Aggie safety Howard Matthews.
"I would get out of the way if Leonard (Fournette) was running at me," said Miles after the game.
Starting quarterback Anthony Jennings (pictured) rushed for a career high 119 yards. As a team, the Tigers grinded out 384 yards rushing, the most ever in the Miles era.
Jennings added another 107 yards passing and one touchdown, a 10 yard strike to John Diarse with 34 seconds left in the first half.
"Anthony Jennings is doing what he needs to do to make players better," said Miles.
Defensively, the Tigers were stout, holding the Aggies to 228 yards of total offense.
LSU held the Aggies to only 18:47 seconds in time of possession, while the Tigers held the ball for an impressive 41:13.
Despite the domination, the game was still in question with less than two minutes to go. Two missed field goals and an early interception by the Tigers gave the Aggies a chance to steal a victory late.
After a 43-yard Colby Delahoussaye field goal put the Tigers up 23-17 with 2:07 left, Texas A&M began a drive from their own 25.
On a third down plan near midfield, it appeared LSU jumped offsides. Aggie quarterback Kyle Allen throw up an ill-advised pass, thinking it was a "free play". With no flag on the field, LSU cornerback Jalen Collins picked off Allen, sealing the game for the Tigers.
With the victory, LSU finishes the regular season 8-4, with a 4-4 mark in SEC play. It also marks the Tigers 4th straight victory over the Aggies.
Texas A&M falls to 7-5, with a 3-5 conference record.
For a 15th consecutive season, LSU has reached at least 8 wins, the longest stretch in school history.
The Tigers now await word on a bowl destination, with an official announcement likely coming on December 7th.