Scores

Final

(12) Texas A&M 10

(8-3, 4-3 SEC)

(22) LSU 34

(8-3, 4-3 SEC)

Coverage: CBS

3:30 PM ET, November 23, 2013

Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA

1 2 3 4 T
#12TA&M 0 10 0 010
#22LSU 7 14 10 334

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Mettenberger (LSU) - 193 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Magee (LSU) - 13 CAR, 149 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Walker (TA&M) - 6 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD

No. 22 LSU shuts down Johnny Manziel, No. 12 Texas A&M

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Les Miles loves calling Death Valley the place opponents' dreams go to die. The same might someday be said about Johnny Manziel's bid for a second Heisman Trophy.

Terrence Magee piled up a career-high 149 yards rushing, LSU's defense pulled the plug on Johnny Football and Texas A&M's video-game offense, and No. 22 LSU energized Tiger Stadium with a commanding 34-10 victory over the 12th-ranked Aggies on Saturday.

"We just got punched in the mouth tonight and it wasn't fun," Manziel said. "It wasn't fun to get beat like that. We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys -- we just have to see how they bounce back."

What was likely Manziel's only visit to Tiger Stadium (he could turn pro next year) was among the worst outings of his otherwise brilliant career. He passed for 224 yards and a TD, but completed only 16 of 41 attempts, was sacked twice and intercepted twice as the Aggies' road winning streak ended at 10.

Two weeks ago, LSU's young defense appeared ground down in the second half of a 38-17 loss at Alabama, begging the question of how vulnerable the unit might be against Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), whose SEC-leading offense came in averaging a whopping 578 yards and 49.2 points per game.

Instead, the Tigers (8-3, 4-3) became the first to shut out Manziel in a first quarter since September of 2012, and ended A&M's 13-game streak of scoring 40 or more points. The Aggies' point and yardage totals were their lowest since coach Kevin Sumlin arrived last season, when Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, became the starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman.

Miles, given the game ball by his players, counted himself among the least surprised by way the Tigers made Manziel's visit a miserable one.

"They look forward to playing a quality opponent with marquee written all over it," LSU's coach said. "Competition: It's a long word and there's a lot to it. ... This is a team that knows how to play in big games and will fight you.

"The defense rushed and maintained leverage and we put speed on the field and covered," Miles added. "That's the kind of LSU defense that we're used to."

The Tigers gave some credit to Odell Beckham, who's been named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.

His five catches for 50 yards helped, but it was his work imitating Manziel with the scout team in practice that gave LSU's defense a good sense of how to contain a dynamic scrambler.

"Odell may be faster than the opponent's quarterback," Miles said. "He's as elusive as anybody I've ever known."

The Aggies' Biletnikoff candidate, Mike Evans, was held to four catches for 51 yards by freshman Rashard Robinson, who also made his first career interception.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was among the 92,949 in attendance, eager to get a firsthand look at two of the top quarterbacks in college football.

He may have left more impressed with LSU's Zach Mettenberger, who completed 11-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in chilly, wet and windy conditions. He found Jarvis Landry four times for 87 yards, including touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards. LSU piled up 324 yards on 55 carries, with Magee and Kenny Hilliard each powering in for short scores. LSU also outgained Texas A&M in total yards, 517-299.

"With the weather conditions tonight, that was something that kind of had to happen," Magee said. "We wanted to keep Johnny off the field and the only way to do that was to keep the ball on the ground and let the clock run."

LSU finished with a time-of-possession advantage of 40:19 to 19:41. That kept the defense fresh, and it showed.

In the first half, the Tigers ended one Aggies drive by pressuring Manziel into an errant pass on a fourth-down stop from the LSU 3. Later, Danielle Hunter's sack forced A&M to settle for Josh Lambo's 41-yard field goal. Senior safety Craig Loston intercepted Manziel in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

"We were not able to stay on the field offensively. Because of that our defense just got grounded down. You have got to give LSU credit across the board," Sumlin said. "Offensively, LSU stuck to their plan and I thought our defense held up for a long time, but we gave up a couple of big plays that separated it. That's something we need to learn from.

"You get on the road and the crowd gets into it; I thought we started pressing a little bit offensively," Sumlin added.

The temperature at kickoff was 51 degrees, with a chilly breeze powering a soaking, sideways mist.

A&M also opened the game driving into the wind, and its passing game appeared the worse for it as Manziel went 2 for 11 in the first quarter, an omen of a tough day ahead.

The LSU offense opened with run-heavy play calling and controlled the line of scrimmage, creating the game's first explosive play on Magee's career-long 65-yard run to the A&M 1. Three plays later, Magee powered in to complete a five-play, 71-yard scoring drive during which he ran on every play -- and the Tigers had the lead for good.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TA&M
LSU
1st Downs1723
Total Yards299517
Passing224193
Rushing75324
Penalties6-5013-111
3rd Down Conversions5-1411-17
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers20
Possession19:4140:19

Passing Leaders

Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manziel16/412245.512
LSUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mettenberger11/201939.720

Rushing Leaders

Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Manziel12544.5013
Malena3113.706
LSUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Magee1314911.5165
Hill14765.4016

Receiving Leaders

Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker613021.7151
Evans45112.8038
LSURECYDSAVGTDLG
Landry48721.8240
Beckham55010.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTA&MLSU
TD02:51Terrence Magee 1 Yd Run (Colby Delahoussaye Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERTA&MLSU
TD13:15Jarvis Landry 10 Yd Pass From Zach Mettenberger (Colby Delahoussaye Kick) 014
FG06:00Josh Lambo 41 Yd 314
TD01:37Jarvis Landry 40 Yd Pass From Zach Mettenberger (Colby Delahoussaye Kick) 321
TD01:08Derel Walker 51 Yd Pass From Johnny Manziel (Josh Lambo Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERTA&MLSU
FG08:57Colby Delahoussaye 21 Yd 1024
TD02:01Kenny Hilliard 2 Yd Run (Colby Delahoussaye Kick) 1031
FOURTH QUARTERTA&MLSU
FG07:57Colby Delahoussaye 36 Yd 1034

Research Notes

In his career, Johnny Manziel is 0-2 with a Total QBR of 21.5 against the Tigers. The Aggies are 16-3 when Manziel plays against all other FBS opponents, with a total quarterback rating of nearly 90.
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Johnny Manziel completed 4-of-14 passes thrown 15 yards or longer, including a season-high eight such passes that were off target. It was his second start this season in which he completed less than half of his passes thrown at least 15 yards. He entered the game, completing 56.1% of such passes, fourth best among AQ quarterbacks.
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LSU rushed for 130 of its 324 yards after contact, its most rushing yards and yards after contact in a game against an FBS team in the last two seasons. The Tigers are averaging 98 yards after contact in their wins this season and 41 in their losses. Terrence Magee led the way for LSU with career highs in rushing yards (149) and yards after contact (71). Texas A&M entered the game allowing 102.2 yards after contact per game, the most in the SEC and fourth worst among AQ schools. Saturday was the fifth time this season the Aggies have allowed more than 100 yards after contact in a game. They allowed three such games in the previous two seasons combined.
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Today wasn't much different than Johnny Manziel's 1st game vs LSU. Today, Manziel threw for just 224 yards, while completing 39.0% of his passes. It is his 1st career game with a completion percentage under 50 percent.
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Johnny Manziel completed a career-low 39% of his passes and finished with a career-low 14.9 Total QBR. It was his first game in which he did not complete at least half of his passes and his second game with a below average Total QBR (50 = average). His previous career lows in both stats were set in last season's loss to LSU.
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