|Date of game: 11/27/2014
Recap: Texas A&M vs. LSU
College Station, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Leonard Fournette ran for a game- high 146 yards and a touchdown as the LSU Tigers held on to defeat the Texas A&M Aggies, 23-17, in the regular-season finale for both SEC squads at Kyle Field.
Fournette carried the ball 19 times for the Tigers (8-4, 4-4 SEC) as the team generated a massive 384 yards rushing on 57 attempts, snapping a two-game slide with the effort. Quarterback Anthony Jennings converted 12-of-21 passes for 107 yards and a score, was sacked once and had one pass picked off.
The Aggies (7-5, 3-5), losers of two straight, were led by Kyle Allen who connected on 17-of-27 for 144 yards and a touchdown, but he also tossed a crucial interception in the final minutes as well.
The Aggies took an early lead in the first quarter thanks to a 41-yard touchdown run by Trey Williams on their second possession of the evening. Williams finished with 62 yards on just four attempts.
After coming up empty through the first 15 minutes of the contest, LSU scored its first points on a 22-yard run by Fournette as he bowled over a defender and bulled his way into the end zone to knot the score at 7-7 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Tigers assumed the lead in the final seconds of the first half, when a wide-open John Diarse waited for Jennings to find him free in the left corner of the end zone for the 10-yard score.
On the ensuing kickoff, the ball was fumbled on the return by Speedy Noil and recovered by LSU's Duke Riley at the 19-yard line with 22 seconds remaining. The Tigers immediately took a shot at the end zone, but while a pass was dropped near the goal line, a penalty for targeting was called. In addition to moving the ball half the distance to the goal, A&M defensive back Armani Watts was ejected following a video review.
The Tigers attempted one pass into the end zone but it sailed out of bounds. With 12 seconds left, the Tigers opted to go for a field goal and, following a five-yard penalty, Trent Domingue knocked through the 31-yard field goal to make the score 17-7 at the half.
Texas A&M recorded a mere two first downs and produced only 85 yards of total offense through the first 30 minutes of action.
Receiving the opening kick of the second half, LSU consumed more than half of the third quarter, but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Domingue after the team again stalled inside the red zone.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Aggies made a push towards contending as kicker Josh Lambo knocked through a 34-yard field goal at the 13:38 mark and then seven minutes later Noil redeemed himself as he spun his way into the end zone on a 27-yard pass from Allen. With the successful PAT, the difference was just three points at 20-17.
With just over two minutes remaining the Tigers were on the move in Texas A&M territory, but Jennings nearly gave the ball back to the Aggies when he fumbled during a sack. Luckily one of his lineman was there to make the recovery, allowing Colby Delahoussaye to drive through a 43-yard field goal on the next play to give the visitors a 23-17 advantage with 2:06 to play.
The lead could have been even greater at that stage, if not for the fact that both Delahoussaye and Domingue each missed a field goal earlier on in the contest.
On their next possession the Aggies took a shot deep down the field, as they believed LSU would be called for off-sides, but the flag never came and the pass was intercepted, allowing the Tigers to run out the clock following the controversial no-call.
Texas A&M produced only 228 yards of offense on 48 plays, controlling the action for less than 19 minutes on the night.Game Notes