COLLEGE STATION, TX (WAFB) - LSU packed its rushing attack for the trip to College Station on Thanksgiving Day and ran all over Texas A&M, as the Tigers beat the Aggies 23-17 Thursday night.
LSU rushed for 384 yards in the game, with freshman running back Leonard Fournette leading the way with his 146 yards and one touchdown. The run to pay dirt was an impressive one, as Fournette "trucked" Aggie defensive back Howard Matthews in the process.
Quarterback Anthony Jennings added 119 yards on the ground. He was just 23 yards shy of the all-time LSU rushing record in a game by the quarterback.
The win helped the Tigers (8-4, 4-4 SEC) avoid a three-game losing skid to end the regular season and kept them a perfect 3-0 against Texas A&M since the Aggies (7-5, 3-5 SEC) joined the SEC.
After throwing an interception on the team's first drive of the game, Jennings managed things better the rest of the way and finished 12-of-21 for 107 yards and a touchdown. He tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to a wide open John Diarse in the second quarter.
He was trying to get the ball to his favorite target wide receiver Travin Dural, but was picked off by Devonte Harris. Texas A&M running back Trey Williams quickly converted the turnover into points for the Aggies, as just three plays later, he took a handoff 41 yards to the end zone.
The LSU kicking game experienced struggles in the game, as Colby Delahoussaye and Trent Domingue missed field goals.
Just before halftime, Texas A&M kick returner Speedy Noil, a native of New Orleans, fumbled the ball and LSU recovered. The Tigers were able to get three points out of it on a 31-yard field goal by Trent Domingue to put LSU up 17-7 at the half.
Noil, however, made up for the play by catching a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Allen in the fourth quarter to pull the Aggies within three points.
With about 1:30 left in the game, Allen heaved the ball downfield, thinking he had a free play after it looked like an LSU defensive lineman had crossed into the neutral zone and it was intercepted by Jalen Collins. The LSU player was not ruled off sides and the Tigers were able to run out the clock to get the win.
LSU K Colby Delahoussaye makes a 43-yard FG. LSU 23, Texas A&M 17 (4th Qtr)
Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen throws a 27-yard touchdown pass to WR Speedy Noil. LSU 20, Texas A&M 17 (4th Qtr)
Texas A&M K Josh Lambo makes a 34-yard FG. LSU 20, Texas A&M 10 (4th Qtr)
LSU K Trent Domingue makes a 27-yard FG. LSU 20, Texas A&M 7 (3rd Qtr)
LSU K Trent Domingue makes a 31-yard FG. LSU 17, Texas A&M 7 (2nd Qtr)
LSU QB Anthony Jennings threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to WR John Diarse. LSU 14, Texas A&M 7 (2nd Qtr)
LSU RB Leonard Fournette scored on a 22-yard touchdown run. LSU 7, Texas A&M 7 (2nd Qtr)
Texas A&M RB Trey Williams scored on a 41-yard touchdown run. LSU 0, Texas A&M 7 (1st Qtr)