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.


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.

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Gary Drost

The challenge is for A&M to recruit better athletes and get rid of Sumlin’s guys. I don’t know if it was lack of preparation, too much false confidence in their capabilities, or just lack of effort. I think all three, plus lack of execution of the fundamentals of tackling, blocking, passing, receiving and just plain old playing smart football, all of which have been a recurring problem this year. I’m sure injuries to key positions have played a part, but nothing explains what happened yesterday. On the positive side, the Aggies most definitely played the toughest schedule of any Power 5 team this year. Their losses were to three #1 teams, a #4 team and a #8 team (AP ranking). In looking at the CFP Top 10, none of them played as many ranked teams as A&M (5). Three played 4 teams; four played 3 teams; three played 1 team. A&M played 5 Top 10 teams, while LSU played 4, Georgia played 2, and OSU, Alabama, Minn, BU and PSU played 1. A&M played 4 Top 5 teams; OSU, LSU, Alabama, Minn and PSU all played 1. For a team that played a lot of true freshmen, the outlook for A&M is good, when Sumlin’s players are gone. I think it’s clear that A&M needs to recruit a top-ranked QB more than any other position. Mond is good, but Burrow showed just where he stands among the elite, and it’s not close. I will be surprised if he gets drafted as a QB vs WR or RB. His passing is 63.5%. In the NFL, that will translate to about 45%. He’s the 2nd leading rusher at 35 yds/game (557 yds minus 165 in sacks). If he was a RB he would probably have lead the team. We don’t know anything about Calzada or Foster, as they played so little, especially against quality teams. Too bad, as this year would have been a good time to find out, considering how it went.

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