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Film Room: LSU 19, TAMU 7

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention.

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How They Happened (big-play analysis)

Around the end: On first-and-10 from the 50, RB Derrius Guice, aligned in the slot, ran 50 yards for a touchdown on an end-around play.


  • So many things happen on this play that lead to its success, but the biggest might be something we’ve seen so many times this season: an opponent’s linebackers bite on the fake to RB Leonard Fournette (black square). Check out the three red circles. They all take steps towards the middle of the line as Brandon Harris fakes to a run play to Fournette.
  • Two LSU players get key blocks: RG Will Clapp (black circle and line) and TE/FB Foster Moreau (yellow circle and line). Clapp blocks the A&M safety (a block that probably could have been called a hold), and Moreau actually misses his initial block of A&M DE Jarrett Johnson. Johnson bolts into the backfield so quickly that Moreau can’t get to him. Johnson (top red circle) misses Guice because he’s preoccupied with Fournette. Later in the play, Moreau, his target defender out of the play, walls off the end with a block on an A&M linebacker, helping creating a spacious lane for Guice.

The ole pick play: On third-and-11 from the A&M 34-yard line with about 5 minutes left in the game, Brandon Harris threw a swing pass to RB Leonard Fournette for the first down, extending a drive that resulted in a game-sealing touchdown.


  • LSU WR John Diarse executes this pick play to perfection. A pick is an illegal block from a receiver on a pass play, but it’s rarely flagged and is tough to enforce. Diarse (red circle) actually takes care of two defenders (red arrows). The one closest to him is in man-to-man coverage and follows Diarse on a hook route. The other red arrow in the middle of the field is A&M LB Richard Moore. Diarse delays Moore with a pick as the receiver makes his break on the hook part of his route (red line). The nudge is just enough to keep Moore from reaching Fournette before the RB reaches the first down marker.
  • Two more defenders are taken out of the play by LSU players running routes. Malachi Dupre (yellow circle) runs a go route down the field to eliminate DB De’Vante Harris (yellow arrow), and TE DeSean Smith and WR Tryon Johnson (blue lines) run crossing patterns to remove a safety (blue arrow) from getting involved.

Video of Diarse’s pick:

Mustang vs. The Chief: On third-and-8 from the LSU 45-yard line, DEs Lewis Neal and Arden Key combine for a sack on A&M QB Kyle Allen, forcing a punt in a one-score game late in the third quarter.

  • Fournette’s swing pass reception could be referred to as LSU’s offensive play of the game. This play is the defense’s version. A&M, down 13-7, is inching closer to the end zone before this third-down sack. LSU sacked Allen four times, getting pressure consistently.
  • LSU is in its Mustang set for this play: three D-linemen, two LBs and six DBs. Former LSU defensive coordinator and current A&M DC John Chavis made the pass-rushing formation a thing during his six years at LSU. The formation is all about getting speed on the field – hence the extra defensive back and fewer linemen.
  • Speaking of speed, LSU gets great pressure from athletic, speedy ends Key (yellow circle) and Neal (red). Neal out maneuvers A&M RB James White (blue circle), and Key beats his man on the edge.


Position Analysis

Big Ugly Blips and Booms (O-line analysis)

  • After three straight games of losing the line of scrimmage, LSU won it. The line only had 4-5 Blips (missed blocks to the play-side), and, as you’ll see later below, LT Jerald Hawkins and TE Colin Jeter contained DE Myles Garrett.
  • The line also opened holes for Leonard Fournette better than it has recently. Fournette’s first contact came 3 or more yards down field on eight of his first 28 carries. Here’s an example of the difference between the fronts of Bama and A&M. Against the Tide, Fournette had one run in which his first contact came 3 or more yards downfield.
  • Still, Fournette was hit at or behind the line on 10 of his first 28 runs. That’s probably a high numbers that O-line coach Jeff Grimes wants to see lowered.
  • Now, for those Myles Garrett numbers. Garrett fared best against LSU’s true freshman left guard, Maea Teuhema. Hawkins and Jeter really did a nice job against Garrett. Here’s the breakdown of the first 31 snaps in which Garrett played (late in the fourth quarter). We broke things down based on his W-L during these matchups. For instance, Garrett was 5-9 against Hawkins in 14 total one-on-one matchups. Keep in mind when reading these stats that, for Garrett to win, he often had to make a play on the ball. LSU ran and passed away from him a ton. That lowers his win total considerably.
  1. vs. Hawkins: 5-9
  2. vs. Jeter: 0-6
  3. vs. Hawkins-Jeter double: 0-2
  4. vs. Teuhema: 4-1

Monday Morning Quarterback (QB analysis)

  • Here’s Brandon Harris’ 21 attempts broken down by result:
  1. Misfired: 8
  2. Completions: 7
  3. Drops: 3
  • So, Harris threw inaccurate passes on more than one-third of his attempts – believed to be a season high. He now has at least 16 Misfires in the last two games (had eight against Ole Miss before the game became a blowout in the fourth quarter).
  • What’s wrong with Harris? We’re not completely sure, but the main issue is definitely accuracy. A good example is the video below. John Diarse gets wide open on a flea flicker and Harris misses him high. He overthrew Diarse in the end zone, too. Does this have anything to do with missing Travin Dural? Maybe. Diarse and Harris certainly don’t have the chemistry that Dural and Harris do.

Backing It Up (RB/FB analysis)

  • Fournette broke eight tackles in the game. That brings his total for the last 10 games to 81 broken tackles. We still haven’t gotten around to charting his broken tackles against Mississippi State in the season opener.
  • As mentioned above, LSU and Fournette often ran away from Myles Garrett. That was something obvious from the very start of the game. Garrett only made about 2 tackles on Fournette.
  • Bry’Kiethon Mouton had one of his better games, but he injured himself in the first quarter on what might have been his best block of the season. Here it is:

  • Freshman David Ducre replaced Mouton over the next few drives before Mouton made his return. He was really never the same after that injury, though. Appears to be a right shoulder injury. Maybe a stinger. It wasn’t too serious since he returned.
  • Without Mouton for much of the second and third quarters, LSU really used the shotgun (no fullback). For the game, LSU ran about 30 plays out of the shotgun. The Tigers ran 68 plays overall.
  • Each Mouton and Fournette dropped a pass from Harris.
  • Ah, now for Derrius Guice. You saw his 50-yard end-around in How They Happened. Here’s his 75-yard kickoff return that included 6-7 broken tackles:

Five-yard Out (WR analysis)

  • John Diarse had the only drop among the group. It wasn’t the easiest pass – high and a tad behind him – but it probably should have been caught. Harris’ struggles made the receivers non-existent in many ways. Several of them got open several times but the quarterback just missed them. Dirase found himself open at least twice, and Harris missed. Dupre got open once or twice but was missed. Tyron Johnson was open, too, but Harris threw low.
  • DJ Chark saw more playing time than he has all season, stepping in as LSU’s No. 3/4 receiver with Travin Dural out. I’m not sure Chark was even targeted.

Front Seven (D-line/LB analysis)

  • Here’s where LSU won the game. The Tigers dominated A&M’s offensive line, getting relentless pressure on a consistent basis, especially from ends Lewis Neal and Arden Key. Here’s how the QB Pressures broke down:
  1. Key: 5
  2. Neal: 4
  3. Adams: 2 (in the Dime)
  4. Bower: 1
  • That’s 12 Pressures. A&M QB Kyle Allen had about 32 dropbacks. Getting to him more than one-third of the time is a good ratio.
  • LSU DC Kevin Steele did some tinkering ahead of this game. The Tigers showed a defensive front that they haven’t shown all season (at least not much, anyway). The new defense: a 4-1-6 (4 DLs, 1 LB, 6 DBs). How is this different from anything LSU has showed this year? The Tigers’ have three base defensive formations:
  1. 4-3-4: They play “4-3″ D seldom, aside from vs Arkansas & Bama
  2. 4-2-5: They play the “nickel” D probably two-thirds of the time.
  3. 3-2-6: They play this on passing downs. It’s essentially “Mustang”
  • Why did LSU switch to a 4-1-6? Maybe because the Tigers were playing against a team whose defensive coordinator, John Chavis, coached at LSU for the previous six seasons. In the 4-1-6 (which is shown below), MLB Kendell Beckwith is removed and the Tigers’ play with just one LB, Deion Jones, and their regular four down linemen.


  • Here’s how the Tigers’ split up their defensive formations against A&M through most of the first 3.5 quarters:
  1. 4-2-5 Nickel: 23 snaps
  2. 4-1-6 Dime: 18 snaps
  3. 3-2-6 Mustang: 12 snaps
  • Here’s an example of how LSU uses a variety of fronts with its linebackers and defensive linemen in the Mustang package. The left photo shows the LBs on one side of the line with LSU’s D-linemen grouped right. The right photo shows just one LB at the line and the D-linemen spread out.


  • Something else LSU changed: the infusion of DT Frank Herron. He started on six drives and entered in the middle of another. He played more and better in this game than he has all season, and here’s a few videos to prove it:

  • Deion Jones finished the game with 11 tackles. Inspired in his last home game as a Tiger, the senior played his best. Example:

Break It Up (DB analysis)

  • LSU continues to rotate Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver at the cornerback spot opposite Tre’Davious White. Meanwhile, Dwayne Thomas has not played a single snap in two straight games. He began the year as a starter in place of the injured Jalen Mills. He rotated in at cornerback when Mills returned but has now been completely removed from the lineup. Jackson and Toliver got about equal reps, each starting 5-6 drives.
  • Rickey Jefferson and Corey Thompson continued to rotate at safety with John Battle as the Tigers’ Mustang/Dime safety opposite Jefferson or Thompson.
  • This is a rarity, but … there were zero coverage busts against Texas A&M. None. A few DBs didn’t quite cover their men as well as Corey Raymond would like, but none of them busted any coverages.
  • Who was targeted the most? Here’s a breakdown of targets and catches against over the first 3.5 quarters (did not include A&M’s final two drives in a two-score game):
  1. Tre White: 0-3 (0 catches-3 targets)
  2. Jamal Adams: 2-3
  3. Kevin Toliver: 1-2
  4. Corey Thompson: 1-1
  5. Jalen Mills: 3-5

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LSU’s Deion Jones, Arden Key land SEC honors

Deion Jones and family during a Senior Day ceremony Saturday. (Bill Feig)

Deion Jones and family during a Senior Day ceremony Saturday. (Bill Feig)

Deion Jones and Arden Key were named SEC players of the week for their performance in the win over Texas A&M, the league announced Monday.

Jones is the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, and Key is the SEC Freshman of the Week. Jones, a senior linebacker whose draft stock continues to soar, had 11 tackles, two pass-breakups and a sack in the 19-7 win over Texas A&M. Key, a rookie from Georgia, had eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and three hurries in a career-best day.

LSU (8-3, 5-3) shut down the Aggies (8-4, 4-4) in an impressive defensive effort against John Chavis, the Tigers’ former defensive coordinator now at A&M. The Aggies mustered just 250 yards of offense and punted six times – including three straight punts in a key span of the second half.

Jones is projected as a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, according to He led the team with 92 tackles in the regular season. Key started the last eight games of the season, usurping DE Tashawn Bower.

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LSU climbs back into rankings at No. 23 in both major polls

LSU is back in the polls.

The Tigers checked in at No. 23 in this week’s USA Today/coaches poll and Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday following their 19-7 win against Texas A&M on Saturday night. LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern) spent all year as a ranked team before last week’s edition of the polls, which the Tigers were left out of in the wake of three straight losses.

In a game overshadowed by athletic director Joe Alleva’s post-game announcement that coach Les Miles would retain his job following weeks of doubt on the matter, the Tigers rode a punishing running game and stifling defense to victory.

LSU has beaten the Aggies (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in five straight meetings and all four times since they joined the conference in 2012.

The game also marked defensive coordinator John Chavis’ return to Baton Rouge after he held the same position with the Tigers from 2009-2014. His unit held LSU in check for most of the night but was fooled on a 50-yard, end-around touchdown run and surrendered a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that allowed the Tigers to clinch the win.


How I Voted (in the AP poll): Sooners round out top 4, LSU and Georgia return to top 25 and the Irish drop six spots

Bob Stoops' Sooners are heading for a playoff berth despite the loss to Texas.

Bob Stoops’ Sooners are heading for a playoff berth despite the loss to Texas.

How I Voted is a weekly blog in which Ross Dellenger reveals his AP Top 25 voting.

1 Clemson (1)

2 Alabama (2)

3 Iowa (3)

4 Oklahoma (5)

5 Michigan State (6)

6 Ohio State (7)

7 North Carolina (9)

8 Stanford (13)

9 Florida State (14)

10 Notre Dame (4)

11 TCU (15)

12 Florida (8)

13 Michigan (10)

14 Baylor (11)

15 Oklahoma State (12)

16 Northwestern (16)

17 Ole Miss (19)

18 Houston (21)

19 Oregon (25)

20 Utah (24)

21 Navy (17)

22 LSU (NR)

23 Georgia (NR)

24 Temple (NR)

25 Wisconsin (NR)

  • Others considered: Appalachian State, Western Kentucky, Tennessee
  • Dropped out: Mississippi State (18), Pittsburgh (20), Washington State (22), UCLA (23)


  • Newbies: 22 LSU, 23 Georgia, 24 Temple, 25 Wisconsin
  • Biggest fall (still in poll): 10 Notre Dame (six spots)
  • Biggest jump: 19 Oregon (six spots)

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Delly Picks: Lots of rivalry games and lots of bad picks


Delly Picks is a new blog series posting each Thursday or Friday. We make picks against the spread for each Southeastern Conference game. Spreads via Degenerate Gambler’s Notes brought to you by

Louisville (-5.5) at Kentucky, 11 a.m. SEC Network

  • It took a game against Charlotte to end Kentucky’s five-game winning streak. The Wildcats started 4-1 before the slide.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Wildcats are 0-4 against the spread vs. a team with a winning record.

Tennessee (-17.5) vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. SEC Network

  • The Volunteers have won four straight after that nasty start to the season. Here’s a matchup between an offense that’s clicking (UT) and a defense that’s given teams fits (Vandy). Kenny is a fan of offense.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Volunteers are 0-4 against the spread vs. a team with a losing record.

Florida State (-2.5) at Florida, 6:30 p.m. ESPN

  • This spread began Gators -3. It jumped teams and then some. Folks have little confidence in Jim McElwain’s 10-1, SEC East champs. And neither do Kenny and I.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Seminoles are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall.

Georgia Tech (+4) vs. Georgia, 11 a.m. ESPN2

  • We had Georgia Tech in our AP top 15 to start the season. Boy, that sure looks good now. The Yellow Jackets are 3-8 this season and lost eight of their last nine. So why are we picking them? Alcohol.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Yellow Jackets are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games overall.

Texas A&M (+5.5) at LSU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Network

  • For Kenny and I, this is one of those coin flip games. It’s 50-50 on a winner. That means it’ll be close – certainly closer than 5.5 points.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Aggies are 0-4 in their last four games on grass. “It’s time to crack the streak!” Kenny screams from the bar.

Alabama (-14.5) at Auburn, 2:30 p.m. CBS

  • These rivalry games seem to always be close, right? Not this time around. Alabama is playing with a College Football Playoff berth very much a possibility (in fact, a probability). The Tide roll over an Auburn team that’s sitting at 6-5.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: Bama is 5-0 in its last five road games.

South Carolina (+18.5) vs. Clemson, 11 a.m. ESPN

  • Remember what we said above about close rivalries? The Gamecocks keep it “close” in an attempt to end the No. 1 Tigers’ CFP hopes. Close, as in, less than 19 points.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Tigers are 1-6 against a team with a losing record.

Mississippi State (+1) vs. Ole Miss, 6:15 p.m. ESPN2 [Take It To Da Bank]

  • Coin toss. But the home team in this game has won nine of the last 10 meetings. Kenny and I are going with QB Dak Prescott in his last home game against a bitter rival.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Rebels are 1-4 against the spread in their last five meetings against Mississippi State.

Tracking Our Losses

  • Last Week’s Record: 5-3
  • Overall Record: 30-24-0
  • Take It To Da Banks: 3-5

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LSU vs. Texas A&M: Five memorable games

Now positioned at the end of the regular season, the LSU-Texas A&M game is poised to grow as a rivalry in the seasons to come. Of course, these two have been big rivals long before A&M joined the SEC in 2012. In a series that began in 1899, the Tigers lead 30-20-3, 3-0 since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012. LSU holds a 23-10-1 lead in Baton Rouge and is 4-0 against A&M under Les Miles. Here’s a look back at five memorable games from this ancient series:

Jan. 1, 1944 – LSU 19, Texas A&M 14: The Tigers travel to Miami for this Orange Bowl meeting with the Aggies 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: The Tigers lead 18-13 with less than a minute left and the visiting Aggies pinned at their 21. On third down, Aggie quarterback Lex James launches an 89-yard touchdown pass to Hugh McElroy, who scores with :13 left. The Tigers recover to go 9-3, win the SEC championship and come within a score of upsetting eventual co-national champion Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

Sept. 2, 1989 – Texas A&M 28, LSU 16: A No. 7-ranked LSU team 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 as LSU would finish 4-7, the first of six straight losing seasons.

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

Oct. 20, 2012 – LSU 24, Texas A&M 19: Johnny Manziel runs wild against LSU for a half, but the Tigers gradually corral the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, forcing him into three interceptions as the Tigers rally from a 12-0 deficit for the win. Jeremy Hill rushes for 127 yards, including the game-winning 47-yard touchdown run with 3:12 left.

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Jamal Adams intercepted a pass in the end zone last week. He'll have a shot for plenty of those against Chad Kelly and the pass-crazed Rebels. (Travis Spradling)

Times of Interest: LSU vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, Nov. 28

8:30 a.m.                               LSU SportShop opens

10:30 a.m.                            LSU great Bob Pettit appearance at Andonie Museum

11 a.m.                                  CST’s LSU GameDay Live Pre-Game Show (Tiger One Village at PMAC)

Noon                                     Ticket office opens

1:30 p.m.                              Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)

2 p.m.                                    L-Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)

2 p.m.                                    Bag Of Donuts performs in Zatarain’s Tiger One Village (front of PMAC)

3 p.m.                                    LSU Tailgate Party (PMAC)

3:30 p.m.                              Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium

LSU At the Game Programs on sale in and around Tiger Stadium

3:45 p.m.                              LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium

4 p.m.                                    All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium

4:20 p.m.                              LSU walks down “Victory Hill”

4:30 p.m.                              LSU Game Day presented by CST radio show at Zatarain’s Tiger One Village

4:35 p.m.                              LSU Letterman’s walk down “Victory Hill”

4:40 p.m.                              Band comes down Victory Hill

6:14 p.m.                              LSU Football – Senior Day presentation

6:22 p.m.                              Guest Captains: Oliver Lawrence, Kevin Guidry

6:23 p.m.                              Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance

6:27 p.m.                              Alma Mater and National Anthem

6:33:30 p.m.                         LSU intro video

6:35 p.m.                              LSU takes the field

6:36 p.m.                              Texas A&M takes the field

6:36 p.m.                              Coin toss at midfield

6:39 p.m.                              Kickoff: LSU vs. Texas A&M on SEC Network


Pregame: LSU vs. TAMU

Tre'Davous White is one of our Key Players.

Tre’Davous White is one of our Key Players.

The Info

  • Match: LSU (7-3, 4-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3)
  • TDP: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Tiger Stadium
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Series Record: LSU leads 30-20-3

Two Key Players (LSU)

  • RB Leonard Fournette: He has run for 31, 91 and 108 yards in the Tigers’ three straight losses. He’ll face one of the worst rush defense’s in the nation and needs 105 vs. A&M to break LSU’s single season record.
  • CB Tre’Davious White: White didn’t have one of his better games at Ole Miss vs. WR Laquon Treadwell. He gets 6-5, 240-pound Rickey Seals Jones on Saturday.

Two Key Players (Texas A&M)

  • QB Kyle Allen: The sophomore has recovered from an injury and benching just fine. He threw for 336 yards and a TD on 18-for-36 passing against a solid Vanderbilt defense last week.
  • DL Myles Garrett: The SEC’s leader in sacks with 11, Garrett has rolled up 19 tackles for loss, too. Garrett was the No. 2 prospect behind Fournette in 2014.

Two Key Matchups

  • LSU RB Leonard Fournette vs. A&M run defense: We’ve discussed this plenty on this page already. Why? Because it’s the difference in a win or loss and the difference in, maybe, Fournette heading to New York for the Heisman Trophy. The Aggies have allowed at lesat 200 yards rushing five times this year.
  • LSU ends vs. A&M O-line: The Aggies have hit the 250-yard passing mark in six games this season. That means LSU needs to get pressure – something they’ve struggled with recently. Take for instance DE Lewis Neal. Neal had 7 sacks through his first seven games. He’s had none in the last three.

Injury update

Jerald Hawkins has missed the last six quarters.

Jerald Hawkins has missed the last six quarters.


  • LT Jerald Hawkins (ankle/probable)
  • TE Dillon Gordon (Achilles/out)
  • FB J.D. Moore (knee/out)
  • WR Travin Dural (hamstring/out)

Texas A&M

  • QB Kyle Allen (shoulder/probable)
  • RB James White (ankle/probable)
  • WR Speedy Noil (leg/probable)
  • DT Julien Obioha (lower body/questionable)
  • LB A.J. Hilliard (foot/probable)
  • LB Josh Walker (undisclosed/probable)
  • SS Justin Evans (undisclosed/probable)
  • LB Otaro Alaka (shoulder/out)

Of Note

  • Night time: LSU is 48-6 in night games in Tiger Stadium under Miles. Of the 6 losses, one came on a Monday night (vs. Tennessee in ’05); two came to No. 1 ranked teams (Florida in ’09, Alabama in ’12) and others came to Mississippi State and No. 4 Alabama in ’14 and Arkansas this season.
  • Opening act: The Tigers have allowed only 20 first quarter points all season and the Tigers have outscored opponents 63-20 in the opening quarter.
  • A&M education: LSU O-line Jeff Grimes, a Texas native, got his master’s degree from A&M as a graduate assistant in 1996-97.
  • 105: LSU RB Leonard Fournette needs 105 yards rushing to become the Tigers’ new single-season rushing leader, surpassing Charles Alexander and his 1,686 yards set in 1977.

The Series

Last 10

  • 2014: LSU 23-17 at College Station
  • 2013: LSU 34-10 at Baton Rouge
  • 2012: LSU 24-19 at College Station
  • 2010: LSU 41-24 at Arlington (Cotton Bowl)
  • 1995: A&M 33-17 at College Station
  • 1994: A&M 18-13 at Baton Rouge
  • 1993: A&M 24-0 at College Station
  • 1992: A&M 31-22 at Baton Rouge
  • 1991: A&M 45-7 at College Station
  • 1990: LSU 17-8 at Baton Rouge

Biggest series wins

  • LSU: 37-0 (37 points) in 1971
  • A&M: 63-9 (54 points) in 1914

The Spread

LSU -5.5

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LSU players in the NFL: Week 11

Former LSU football players who were on NFL rosters during Week 11 (information provided by LSU):

Active Rosters

  • LB Kwon Alexander (at LSU 2012-14) Tampa Bay Bucs

Week 11: Started, 10 tackles

  • T Joe Barksdale (2007-10) San Diego Chargers

Week 11: Started

  • LB Lamin Barrow (2009-13) Bears

Week 11: No stats

  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. (2011-13) New York Giants

Week 11: Bye week

  • RB Alfred Blue (2010-13) Houston Texans

Week 11: Started, 21 carries, 58 yds., 3 rec., 24 yds., 1 TD (31)

  • WR Dwayne Bowe (2003-06) Cleveland Browns

Week 11: Bye week

  • CB Delvin Breaux (2007-11) New Orleans Saints

Week 11: Bye week

  • DT Michael Brockers (2009-11) St. Louis Rams

Week 11: Started, 4 tackles, 1 QB hit

  • CB Ron Brooks (2007-11) Buffalo Bills

Week 11: No stats

  • CB Morris Claiborne (2009-11) Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: Inactive

  • CB Jalen Collins (2011-14) Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: 4 tackles

  • OL La’el Collins (2011-14) Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: Started

  • DL Glenn Dorsey (2004-07) San Francisco 49ers

Week 11: No stats

  • QB Matt Flynn (2003-07) New Orleans Saints

Week 11: Bye week

  • RB Jeremy Hill (2012-13) Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: Started, 13 carries, 45 yds., 2 TDs (2, 1)

  • DE Danielle Hunter (2012-14) Minnesota Vikings

Week 11: 3 tackle, 1 TFL

  • DE Tyson Jackson (2004-08) Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: Started, 1 tackle

  • DE Ricky Jean-Francois (2005-08) Washington Redskins

Week 11: 2 tackles

  • P Donnie Jones (2000-03) Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: 6 punts, 46.5 avg., 2 inside 20, 1 TB, 51 LG

  • WR Brandon LaFell (2005-09) New England Patriots

Week 11: Started, 4 rec., 66 yds.

  • WR Jarvis Landry (2011-13) Miami Dolphins

Week 11: Started, 4 rec. 66 yds., 1 PR, 12 yds.; 2 KR, 33 yds.

  • DT Bennie Logan (2009-12) Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11: Started, 5 tackles, 1 TFL

  • S Craig Loston (2009-13) Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 11: No stats

  • S Tyrann Mathieu (2010-11) Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Started, 5 tackles

  • S Danny McCray (2006-09) Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: No stats

  • QB Zach Mettenberger (2011-13) Tennessee Titans

Week 11: Did not play

  • LB Barkevious Mingo (2010-12) Cleveland Browns

Week 11: Bye week

  • LB Kevin Minter (2009-12) Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Started, 10 tackles, 1 QB hurry

  • CB Patrick Peterson (2008-10) Arizona Cardinals

Week 11: Started, 2 tackles, 1 PD; 3 PR, 23 yds.

  • WR Rueben Randle (2009-11) New York Giants

Week 11: Bye week

  • S Eric Reid (2010-12) San Francisco 49ers

Week 11: Started, 10 tackles

  • RB Stevan Ridley (2007-10) New York Jets

Week 11: 4 carries, 0 yds., 1 reception, minus-5 yds.

  • LB Perry Riley Jr. (2006-09) Washington Redskins

Week 11: Started, 9 tackles

  • WR Russell Shepard (2009-12) Tampa Bay Bucs

Week 11: 1 rec., 4 yds., 1 TD (4); 1 special teams tackle

  • LB Kelvin Sheppard (2006-10) Miami Dolphins

Week 11: Started, 15 tackles, 1 TFL

  • G Trai Turner (2011-13) Carolina Panthers

Week 11: Started

  • RB Spencer Ware (2010-12) Kansas City Chiefs

Week 11: 11 carries, 96 yds., 2 TDs (3, 3); 1 rec., 5 yds.

  • T Andrew Whitworth (2002-05) Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11: Started

  • DT Kyle Williams (2002-05) Buffalo Bills

Week 11: Inactive (injured)

  • P Brad Wing (2010-12) New York Giants

Week 11: Bye week

  • DT Al Woods (2006-09) Tennessee Titans

Week 11: Inactive

Injured Reserve

  • DT Ego Ferguson (2010-13) Chicago Bears
  • DE Jermauria Rasco (2011-14) Green Bay Packers
  • CB Tharold Simon (2010-12) Seattle Seahawks
  • WR James Wright (2010-13) Cincinnati Bengals

Practice Squad

  • DE Lavar Edwards (2008-12) Dallas Cowboys
  • RB Kenny Hilliard (2011-14) Houston Texans
  • DT Anthony Johnson (2011-13) Washington Redskins
  • S Ronald Martin (2011-14) New York Jets




An emotional LSU coach Les Miles call-in brings out tears: ‘We’re not going let you leave town’

LSU fans line up for photos and autographs after Les Miles' radio show.

LSU fans line up for photos and autographs after Les Miles’ radio show.

Les Miles’ radio show Wednesday night brought tears to a child questioner who sought comfort in Miles’ arms and had a 60-year-old man choking up in front of the embattled football coach.

“I don’t know how you keep smiling, but you do,” one live questioner said. “That’s why we love you. … We’re not going to let you leave town.”

Miles will complete his 11th regular season at the school Saturday night when the Tigers (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern) meet Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3)  at Tiger Stadium. Reports of his shaky future with the program turned his weekly radio show into an emotional outpouring from fans.

Some live questioners were brought to tears at the event at TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway. Sadie, a weekly caller, traveled from Texas with her family to the show.

During the live question segment, Sadie began crying while asking Miles a question about the offense. He reached his arms out for her, pulling her onto the stage, where he spoke to her face-to-face as if she were a confused running back.

Another regular questioner, an older gentleman, broke down during his question to Miles, standing in front of the coach with little to say.

Miles, the 62-year-old who’s led LSU to two SEC titles and a national championship, held it together on the stage. He never wavered or became emotional, grinning and laughing at times. He offered no real news about his unstable employment.

“Reports of your demise are greatly exaggerated,” one caller started, referencing a Mark Twain line.

Reports of Miles’ possible ouster began last week with a story in The Advocate. ESPN and Yahoo! Sports reported similar stories Monday.

Miles is in the third year of a contract that runs through the 2019 season. He makes $4.3 million a year and has a buyout of $15 million. One caller told Miles what he should do with the $15 million if he is fired: “Travel around the world and just have fun,” he said.

Miles responded, “It’s not in my nature to not do anything, to not have productive times.”

It was an emotional event but not only because of the circumstances regarding Miles’ employment. Play-by-play broadcaster Jim Hawthorne returned as the host of the show after missing the last few weeks recovering from heart bypass surgery.

Hawthorne is in his last year of calling LSU football games. This was his last regular season radio show to host.

“I look forward to many more, many more,” Miles said just before Hawthorne signed off for the final time at TJ Ribs.

Miles deflected questions about his job status during two interview opportunities with reporters on Wednesday. He declined to defend himself or his record during the Southeastern Conference teleconference in the morning and then, in a post-practice interview Wednesday night, said he hopes to be at LSU “another 11 years.”

The emotion poured out of fans at a packed TJ Ribs. The parking lot was completely full, and people clogged the seating area around the radio stage.

Les Miles speaks to Sadie, a weekly caller who showed up for his who.

Les Miles speaks to Sadie, a weekly caller who showed up for his who.

Miles spent more time than normal afterward posing for photos and signing autographs. LSU cheerleaders took selfies with the coach, and Sadie returned to the stage after the show, wiping away tears for some photo shots with the coach.

It all seemed like a good-bye for LSU’s second most winningest coach in program history, a man who has the highest winning percentage at LSU (.774) of any coach in the last 100 years.

One late caller told Miles that he deserves “one more year” like LSU’s most winningest coach, Charlie McClendon. Miles, on stage, gave a slight shake of the head and grinned.

A “travesty” is how one caller referenced the situation, calling out LSU’s athletic director, Joe Alleva.

Miles’ response: “This has never been about the coach. I’ve never coached a season, a game where it’s about me.”


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