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.