October 29, 2012
No. 6 LSU 24,
No. 20 Texas A&M 19
Saturday, Kyle Field,
College Station, Texas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, and No. 6 LSU rallied from an early deficit to beat No. 20 Texas A&M 24-19 at Kyle Field on Saturday.
Michael Ford also had a touchdown run and Zach Mettenberger threw a TD pass to Kadron Boone for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).
A&M (5-2, 2-2) outplayed the Tigers for much of the first half and led 12-0. But the Aggies gave away two costly turnovers just before halftime, and Boone’s diving catch in the end zone with 11 seconds left put LSU up 14-12 at the break. Hill finished off A&M with a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Johnny Manziel, A&M’s dual-threat quarterback, completed 29 of 56 passes for 276 yards, but threw three interceptions.
STARS OF THE GAME
ä LSU LB Kevin Minter had a game-high 12 tackles and made one of the Tigers’ three interceptions. He also had a sack, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry to help lead an LSU defense that was back on its heels for much of the first half, but dictated the way the game went the rest of the way.
ä LSU RB Hill had a career-high in rushing yards for the second consecutive game. He finished with 127 yards on 18 carries and his 47-yard touchdown run gave LSU a 12-point lead with 3:12 left in the game.
ä A&M QB Manziel guided the Aggies to a 12-0 second-quarter lead before LSU started to slow him down. Though the Aggies scored only seven points the rest of the way, Manziel continued to put pressure on the LSU defense. Two missed field goals hurt A&M after it fell behind, and Manziel threw three interceptions. But he was the primary reason the Aggies took the Tigers to the wire as he rushed 14 times for 44 yards (but lost 17 on three sacks) and passed 276 yards, completing 29-of-56.
ä Texas A&M had thoroughly outplayed LSU for most of the first half and a had a 12-0 lead when Manziel got careless with a pass. CB Jalen Collins intercepted the ball, giving LSU possession at its 42. Seven plays later the Tigers scored a touchdown and less than two minutes later LSU had another touchdown and a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
ä Chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East at 3 p.m.
ä Listen to a podcast with Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais by 4 p.m.
ä Keep up with the SEC teleconference on the Tiger Tracks blog, starting at 10 a.m.
ä Listen to the college football predictions edition of the ‘Final Score’ podcast by 10 a.m.
ä Chat with WBRZ-TV sports director Michael Cauble at 2:30 p.m.
ä Follow tweets from Les East (@LesEast) as he keeps up with Les Miles’ radio show, starting at 7 p.m.
ä Listen to a podcast with Les East by 10 a.m.
ä Chat with Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais at noon
Les East and the AP
contributed to this report.