In what will likely be his first and only trip into Baton Rouge during his time at Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel and the 12th-ranked Aggies were unable to solve a solid LSU defense as Zach Mettenberger and the 22nd-ranked Tigers dominated on both sides of the ball in a 34-10 victory.
In front of over 90,000 energized fans at Tiger Stadium that included New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton, Manziel lacked his usual magic in the program’s worst loss since 2009, ending the day 16 of 41 for just 224 yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
The sophomore quarterback entered the game rated second in the nation in total offense and third in passing efficiency, and has thrown for 3, 313 yards with 31 touchdowns while completing 73% of his passes as the Aggies’ signal caller this season.
On a day when he completed just 39% of his passes, the former Heisman Trophy winner most likely played himself out of the chance to again win college football’s most prestigious individual award however, and the focus will now shift to the young quarterback’s decision regarding next year’s NFL draft.
LSU’s Zach Mettenberger led the way with four quarters of mistake-free football in an underwhelming statistical performance that totaled just 193 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Jarvis Landry had four receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers.
Not only were the Tigers successful in their quest to shut-down college football’s most popular player, LSU outgained Texas A&M 517-299 in total yards, ran for a total of 324 yards, and managed to keep the ball out of their hands on offense which led to a significant 40:19-19:41 edge in time of possession.
Prior to the loss, Texas A&M was ranked fifth in the nation averaging 49 points a game and Saturday’s 10-point output was not only their lowest in just over three years, but it was also the first time that the Aggies failed to reach the 40-point plateau since last year’s 29-24 upset win over top-ranked Alabama.
Now 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference, Manziel and the Aggies will wrap-up their regular season next weekend on the road against Missouri, while LSU will host the Arkansas Razorbacks in their final regular-season contest of 2013.