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LSU safety Marcel Brooks (9) celebrates a sack during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU thought it should have won last year’s football game against Texas A&M and did something about it.

Boy, did the Tigers do something about it.

LSU scored on its first five possessions en route to a 50-7 victory that was just as dominating as the final score indicated Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. In fact, it could have been worse. LSU starting quarterback Joe Burrow didn’t play the final 12 minutes, 34 seconds. Why would he? LSU, which led 41-7, has to play Georgia next week for the Southeastern Conference championship and hopefully two more games en route to a national championship.

A&M can be glad LSU has bigger fish to fry, but the Tigers sure deep fried the Aggies before moving on.

The host Tigers left no doubt they are by far the best A&M has seen this season. LSU, the third No. 1 team to play A&M this season, set the tone by taking just six plays to score a touchdown, and it never let up. The offense was so good it was surprising when LSU had to settle for a field goal on its fifth possession.

More shocking was LSU’s defense, supposedly the team’s weak link that looked like no such thing Saturday. Every opponent had moved the ball on LSU this season with the last four each scoring at least 20 points. But A&M probably doesn’t score at all if not for freshman running back Isaiah Spiller picking up 45 yards on a well-designed swing pass late in the third quarter. Take away that play and a 15-yard run by Braden Mann on a fake punt and A&M had only 109 yards.

Much of defense is emotion, and the Tigers had plenty of that built up over last year’s 74-72 seven-overtime loss to A&M. LSU was upset at a couple of officials’ calls, and head coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this week he’d talk to his team about making sure they decided the outcome. He talked, they listened and A&M felt the results as LSU piled up 553 yards with no turnovers.

“What a difference a year makes,” Orgeron said.

LSU hasn’t lost since that seven-overtime game at Kyle Field. The Tigers have taken care of business, whether it was winning at No. 1 Alabama or blasting the Aggies.

The challenge for A&M now is how it handles this loss. The Aggies became the first team to play three No. 1 teams in the same season. A&M was competitive in losses to Clemson 24-10 and Alabama 47-28, which as the time were No. 1. A&M’s other losses also were to top 10 teams in Auburn 28-20 and Georgia 19-13. But Saturday night, A&M trailed 21-0 against LSU after a quarter.

The Aggies should take Saturday night’s loss personal the way LSU did last year. A&M has only three scholarship seniors, so almost all the key players are returning. Will they be good enough to win at Auburn and Alabama next year and be 11-0 when LSU comes calling? If they need incentive, just think 50-7.

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