Baton Rouge, La- As reports of Kevin Sumlin being replaced by Jimbo Fisher lingered throughout the week the Aggies were trying to stay focused on their game with LSU. Texas A&M has never defeated the Tigers under Kevin Sumlin and that didn’t change on Saturday night, as LSU manhandled the Aggies in Death Valley 45-21.
LSU kicker Jack Gonsoulin missed a 46 yard field goal late in the second quarter and Texas A&M was given a chance to run their two-minute offensive. The Tigers defense forced the Aggies into a 4th and 3, but A&M was able to convert and keep the drive alive. Nick Starkel was able to connect with Christian Kirk on a 31 yard pass and the Tigers brought him down at the two yard line. Trayveon Williams was able to run the ball in for the Aggies first touchdown of the game, but A&M went into halftime down 20-7.
The Aggies were able to ride the momentum they established in the final minutes of the second quarter, as they started the second half. Nick Starkel hit Damion Ratley on a 45 yard touchdown pass, after the LSU secondary uncharacteristically blew their coverage. The Aggies seemed to have things turned around at this point and they cut the score to 20-14 with 13:20 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers answered the Aggies, as Derrius Guice refused to be denied and ran through the A&M defensive line for a touchdown, bringing the lead to 27-20. Once again Starkel was able to throw a touchdown pass, as he lobbed the ball over two LSU defenders and into the waiting hands of Kirk in the corner of the end zone. The touchdown would be the last of the night for the Aggies and LSU would begin to roll.
The Tigers would go on to score three unanswered touchdowns behind the arm of Danny Etling, who finished the game 19-30 for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns. LSU capped off their route of A&M with a 26 yard Connor Culp field goal.
The Tigers finished the game with 601 total yards of offense, while holding Texas A&M to just 282 total yards. The Aggies had four turnovers on the night and three of those were Nick Starkel interceptions. Starkel finished the game 16/30 for 227 yards 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
The Aggies and Tigers now await their bowl bids .
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