• Off to the races: Texas A&M had LSU’s receivers covered on the first play from scrimmage, but a horse-collar tackle by defensive tackle Justin Madubuike tacked 15 yards onto a 1-yard scramble by Joe Burrow. Five plays later, Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored on a 5-yard run untouched.
• Unintentional grounding: A&M freshman wide receiver Ainias Smith ran a square out, but quarterback Kellen Mond threw a fade about 20 yards down the sideline. Even though Mond wasn’t under pressure, he was called for intentional grounding on the third-down play.
• Auburn lovers or Alabama haters? The crowd of 102,218 erupted when the video board showed a potential game-tying field goal by Alabama’s Joseph Bulovas bounce off the left upright followed by Auburn coach Gus Malzahn celebrating.
• Key stat: LSU had a 240-26 edge in yards, averaging 11.4 yards per play to A&M’s 1.7.
• If you don’t at first succeed, try again: LSU’s Tyrion Davis-Price was stopped for no gain on third-and-1 at the A&M 29, but the Tigers quickly lined up and Davis-Price rushed for 10 yards to set up another touchdown drive.
• Two many mistakes: LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase caught a 25-yard pass on third-and-14 after A&M had taken a timeout. On the next play, A&M had an illegal substitution, but Jayden Peevy also roughed the passer with LSU accepting the 15-yard penalty that eventually led to Cade York’s 51-yard field goal.
• Back-to-back sacks: A&M came up with back-to-back sacks to force LSU’s only punt of the first half. Freshman defensive end DeMarvin Leal sacked Burrow for a 5-yard loss, then defensive tackle Bobby Brown III and Madubuike combined for a 10-yard sack after LSU was called for delay of game penalty.
• Key stat: A&M punted six times in the first half and had only four first downs.
• Fancy footwork negated: Burrow was able to spin away from a pair of would-be tacklers on a 5-yard rush that excited the crowd, but it was wiped out by a blind-side block by Austin Deculus.
• This one counts: LSU safety Grant Delpit came up with an interception, but his 22-yard return was taken away by a review because Delpit’s knee was down. A year ago, Delpit’s potential game-ending interception in the final minute was wiped out by a review that showed Mond’s knee was down before he threw. A&M went on to tie the game on the last play of regulation and win 74-72 in seven overtimes.
• Swinging success: A&M running back Isaiah Spiller gained 45 yards on a swing pass that led to the team’s lone touchdown. A&M aligned three receivers in a bunched formation to the right with all running patterns to the left, leaving Spiller open on the vacated side.
• Key stat: Spiller’s 45-yard catch was five more yards than A&M gained in the first half.
• Stat-padder: LSU safety Jacoby Stevens intercepted Mond’s Hail Mary fourth-and-31 throw in the end zone, but if he had knocked it down LSU would have taken over at the 41 as opposed to the 20.
• Off to the races: LSU’s Racey McMath caught a 58-yard pass from Myles Brennan four plays after Burrow exited the game. A&M’s Debione Renfro failed to wrap up McMath, who broke free at the 48-yard line and was off to the races with his score giving LSU the most points scored against A&M this year.
• Put a ribbon on it: LSU got to 50 points by getting a safety when A&M backup quarterback James Foster fumbled a snap in the end zone.
• Key stat: A&M had a season-low 169 yards. The previous was 274 last week at Georgia.