What went right: A well-designed swing pass to freshman running back Isaiah Spiller for 45 yards helped Texas A&M avoid a shutout.
What went wrong: A&M quarterback Kellen Mond threw three interceptions, completing 10 of 30 (33.3%) for 92 yards, his lowest completion percentage and passing yards in the last two seasons.
Bottom line: The line, the quarterback and the receivers couldn’t handle LSU’s defensive pressure.
What went right: The Aggies recorded four sacks, including back-to-back efforts that led to LSU’s first punt.
What went wrong: No turnovers and too many missed tackles made for a long night.
Bottom line: LSU scored on eight of starting quarterback Joe Burrow’s 10 possessions. Burrow didn’t play the final 12 minutes, 34 seconds.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
What went right: Braden Mann rushed for 15 yards on a fake punt, finishing it off by plowing into the defender. Ainias Smith had a 21-yard punt return, and A&M’s kickoff coverage team allowed only 26 yards on two returns.
What went wrong: A&M didn’t use its kickoff team enough.
Bottom line: Mann averaged 50.3 yards on seven punts with three inside the 20, but few probably noticed.
What went right: A&M kept fighting, but it looked to be constantly in quicksand while LSU confidently rode one wave of success after another, never slowing down until it was 31-0.
What went wrong: A&M won the toss and deferred to the second half, but the game was over by then.
Bottom line: A&M made too many mistakes against a team as good as LSU. It started with Justin Madubuike’s horse-collar tackle on the first play from scrimmage and seemingly continued until backup quarterback James Foster was unable to handle a snap that resulted in a safety to put a cap on the 50-7 whipping.
What went right: The Aggies avoided being skunked, and it appeared the only major injury they suffered was to their pride.
What went wrong: Just about everything in the first 24 minutes as LSU took a 31-0 lead, scoring more points than every A&M opponent except Alabama.
Bottom line: LSU remembered last year’s 74-72 seven-overtime loss to the Aggies and did something about it. Now the challenge is for A&M to respond.