LSU Defense Dominates Manziel, Aggies in 34-10 Whipping
With many ups and downs this LSU football season, what transpired on the night of Saturday, November 23, may well go down as the highlight and signature win of the 2013 LSU Tigers football season.
LSU had little trouble dominating a Texas A&M team led by defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, a team which came in ranked #9 in the country with an 8-2 record with both losses coming to teams ranked #1 and #4 overall nationally, the SEC's last two teams to win a national championship in Alabama and Auburn, respectively.
Texas A&M was supposed to win the game comfortably. LSU's young defense, decimated by losing nine players to the NFL Draft last season, has struggled at times against some of the conferences more potent offenses.
There was talk at halftime about Manziel possibly sustaining a thumb injury at one point, although coach Kevin Sumlin wrote it off as 'something (they) had been dealing with all season. Manziel was not seen wearing any sort of thumb splint or thumb spica on the sidelines or otherwise in public at any point this season.
Texas A&M came in having scored 40 or more points in every game this season, yet on a cold, damp night in Death Valley (Baton Rouge), the Aggies were held to a season-low ten points while Manziel had what was without question the worst game of his career.
LSU's offense did not disappoint either, controlling the clock for over 40 minutes and rushing for well over 300 yards. Junior RB Terrence McGee of Franklinton, Louisiana earned SEC co-offensive player of the week, while a freshman cornerback was honored on defense.