COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Isaiah Spiller ran for 141 yards and a landing and Buddy Johnson returned an interception for a rating in No. 5 Texas A&M’s 20-7 victory over LSU on Saturday evening.
Texas A&M (6-1, No. 5 CFP) prolonged its profitable streak to 5 video games in its first contest since Nov. 7 after the staff couldn’t play the final two weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak.
The Aggies relied on their working sport and hard protection on a moist and soggy evening the place rain fell steadily and made passing troublesome. Kellen Mond had a season-low 105 yards passing in his first sport this season without a landing cross. LSU’s 123rd-ranked cross defense broke up eight of his passes within the first half and completed with 11.
TJ Finley threw for 118 yards and had an interception within the second quarter for LSU (3-4) earlier than he was benched for Max Johnson after Buddy Johnson’s Choose-6 within the third quarter.
Texas A&M beat the Tigers for the second time in three years after the Aggies had a 74-72 victory in seven overtimes in LSU’s final go to Kyle Subject in 2018 in a sport that tied the document for many OTs in an FBS sport.
The Aggies restricted LSU to 36 yards speeding and allowed simply two of 16 third-down conversions.
LSU fumbled on a punt return with about six minutes left within the third, but the Aggies have been unable to benefit from the miscue when Mond was sacked on the third all the way down to drive a punt.
Texas A&M made it 20-Zero when Johnson picked off a pass Finley threw below heavy strain and returned it 15 yards for a landing with about Four 1\/2 minutes left within the third.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron ripped off his masks and screamed at Finley as he approached the sideline after the interception. He then put his hand on Finley’s chest and continued yelling in his face for a number of extra seconds earlier than Finley retreated to the bench.
Max Johnson, who performed briefly within the first half, finished the sport and had 113 yards passing and a 3-yard TD cross that made it 20-7 with lower than a minute remaining.
Spiller had a 52-yard landing run, dragging a defender with him for the last couple of yards, to increase Texas A&M’s lead to 10-Zero late within the first quarter.
The Tigers regarded to have cut the lead to Three on a long TD catch by Kayshon Boutte with about 9 minutes left within the second quarter. But the play was reviewed and dominated an incomplete cross.
The Aggies bought the ball again on the next play when Finley’s cross was tipped and intercepted by Jaylon Jones.
Cade York’s 34-yard area goal try sailed large left with about 4 minutes left within the first half to depart the Tigers scoreless.
Texas A&M led 13-Zero at halftime after Seth Small made a 40-yard area goal on the finish of the second quarter.
The Aggies regarded good in handling the struggling Tigers on Saturday, but the offense could have been a little rusty after lacking two games because it was shut out within the second half. Mond might want to get again on track next week when Texas A&M visits No. 22 Auburn in what should be its toughest remaining test.
The Aggies should maintain their spot in the ballot with the win and no losses by the teams ranked ahead of them this weekend.
LSU: Hosts Ole Miss next Saturday.
Texas A&M: Visits Auburn next Saturday.