LSU vs. Texas A&M: Five memorable games

Saturday’s game will mark the 52nd meeting between LSU and Texas A&M, but it’s just their second since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference and A&M’s first visit to Tiger Stadium since 1994. LSU holds a commanding 22-10-1 lead in games played in Baton Rouge, though A&M won on its previous two visits in 1992 (31-22) and ’94 (18-13).

Jan. 1, 1944 — LSU 19, Texas A&M 14: The Tigers travel to Miami for this Orange Bowl meeting by train and in cars with wartime fuel stamps saved up by LSU fans. They return home in 18 used cars purchased by a booster. In between, Steve Van Buren runs for two scores and throws for another in the Tigers’ first bowl win in four tries.

Sept. 19, 1970 — Texas A&M 20, LSU 18: In its season opener, LSU leads 18-13 with less than a minute left and A&M pinned at its 21. On third down, Aggie quarterback Lex James launches an 89-yard touchdown pass to Hugh McElroy, who scores with 13 seconds left. The Tigers recover to go 9-3 and win their only SEC title under Charles McClendon.

Sept. 2, 1989 — Texas A&M 28, LSU 16: No. 7 LSU, which is expected to be a national title contender, sees its hopes evaporate in the time it takes A&M’s Larry Horton to return the season’s first kickoff 92 yards for a score. The play is a portent of a dark age to come: LSU finished 4-7, the first of six straight losing seasons.

Sept. 29, 1990 — LSU 17, Texas A&M 8: The No. 11 Aggies invade Tiger Stadium as a touchdown favorite, but Todd Kinchen has other plans. A week after his offensive pass interference call costs LSU a win at Vanderbilt, Kinchen catches a 79-yard TD pass from Chad Loup and makes a brilliant broken-field 60-yard punt return to set up another score.

Jan. 7, 2011 — LSU 41, Texas A&M 24: A crowd of 83,514 packs Cowboys (now AT&T) Stadium for a Cotton Bowl showdown, the first game between the Tigers and Aggies since 1995. LSU claws out of an early 10-0 hole with 288 rushing yards and three Jordan Jefferson to Terrence Toliver touchdown passes to finish 11-2 and No. 7 in the polls.