LSU’s Win Over Texas A&M Is Glimpse At Tiger’s Future
For the LSU Tigers the game was almost a look into the Chrystal ball. There are a lot of young Tigers who played well and the future looks bright as they come into their own. For the Aggies it was a game lost due to the officials. I never fall for that and I'll tell you why.
A football game is 60 minutes and never does one play determine the outcome because you had the rest of the sixty minutes to play well enough to overcome that one bad play or bad call. Had Texas A&M score a touchdown on an earlier stalled drive the missed call would have meant nothing. Had they held LSU from an earlier touchdown ... the missed call would have meant nothing. If ball games were determined by one play .... they would consist of only one play. With that being said; the Tigers seemed to step up on both sides of the ball.
You will read a lot about freshman running back Leonard Fournette and Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jenkins who both had great games. Each ruched for over 100 yards; but another story from this game was the way the defense stepped up and shut down a high power offense. If LSU is going to win with this group (with it's lack of a prolific passing attack) ... the defense will have to continually repeat this performance. They held the Aggies to 12 first downs and 4-11 on third downs. Texas A&M only held the ball for a little over 18 minutes. The Tiger defense made a lot of big stops and then the offense controlled the clock with the running game.
Give Les Miles credit for using the week off and putting some new wrinkles in the offense for this game. The end around and read option were executed to perfection as Anthony Jennings ran for 119 yards and Fournette ran for a personal best 146 yards. Fournette's breakout game saw him just flat run over A&M's defense. Another bright spot was that Jennings also passed for over 100 yards and one of them was a perfectly thrown, 41 yard, over the shoulder bomb that proved he can be a deadly passer. The story though was the 384 yards LSU gained on the ground. It was the most against an SEC team since 1997. The future looks bright for Tiger fans.