BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU honored its seniors on Saturday night time earlier than taking up Texas A&M, and quarterback Joe Burrow trotted out in a white Tigers jersey emblazoned with “Burreaux” throughout the again.
An appreciative crowd roared because the Midwesterner honored his beloved Cajun brethren with the fake jersey – he switched again to his actual one earlier than kickoff – after which Burrow and the Tigers proceeded to manage a stunningly genuine smashing of the Aggies in Tiger Stadium.
LSU, in avenging a seven-overtime loss a yr in the past at A&M, hammered the Aggies 50-7 within the regular-season finale.
As quickly as LSU (12-0, 8-Zero SEC) whipped Arkansas 56-20 per week prior in Tiger Stadium, the Tigers started yapping about incomes revenge on the Aggies for final yr’s historic loss – one LSU coach Ed Orgeron and his gamers thought they’d gained on a number of totally different events at Kyle Subject.
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Some apparently-misguided pundits questioned throughout the week if the Tigers’ mighty agitation they’d carried for 371 days following final yr’s loss may work in opposition to them versus the Aggies (7-5, 4-4), who performed it cool throughout Thanksgiving week, however it was evident early that may not be the case.
On LSU’s first play from scrimmage, A&M defensive sort out Justin Madubuike chased Burrow out of the pocket however wound up with a horse-collar penalty alongside the sideline. That drive wound up with a 5-yard landing run by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and the Tigers had been simply getting rolling.
LSU scored on its subsequent drive on a 12-yard go from Burrow to a wide-open Justin Jefferson in the long run zone, and the Tigers scored on their following drive on a 78-yard landing reception to Ja’Marr Chase excessive from Burrow in opposition to a badly-beaten security Demani Richardson.
LSU led 21-Zero on the finish of the primary quarter, and the Baton Rouge Rout was on.
The Aggies repeatedly flushed an unflustered Burrow out of the pocket, however it didn’t matter. The Heisman Trophy frontrunner both stored his eyes downfield or used the open grass in entrance of him to maintain the chains transferring.
Issues had been so lopsided in favor of the Tigers that when working again Tyrion Davis-Worth crossed the objective line for a simple 4-yard landing run early within the second quarter – the Tigers’ fourth landing on their fourth drive – Davis-Worth gently patted an official on his shoulder for the enjoyable of it.
With six minutes to halftime, and the Tigers’ fifth drive leading to a 51-yard subject objective as an alternative of a landing, Burrow had 24 dashing yards. The Aggies had 24 yards of complete offense on the similar time.
The Tigers led 31-Zero at halftime and the packed home had develop into so detached to the Aggies, the LSU followers didn’t even observe by means of with a deliberate “boo” of the Aggie Band that had circulated on social media. The A&M band took the sphere following the LSU band’s efficiency to a smattering of catcalls, however left the sphere to a roar from an appreciative crowd – essentially the most anybody from A&M needed to cheer previous to the third quarter.
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The Aggies lastly received on the scoreboard with 4:13 remaining within the third quarter and with the result lengthy decided, on Isaiah Spiller’s 1-yard landing run to tighten the bulging hole to 34-7. Meantime Burrow turned the SEC’s all-time passing chief in a season, in cruising previous Kentucky quarterback Tim Sofa’s 4,275 yards in 1998.
The Aggies now await their bowl vacation spot following their first 7-5 common season since 2017. Shortly after a 45-21 loss at LSU two years in the past, A&M fired Kevin Sumlin and changed him with Jimbo Fisher from Florida State.
Fisher is 16-9 over two seasons with the Aggies, following their 9-Four end final yr that included a four-game win streak to shut out the season. A&M this yr performed one of many nation’s hardest schedules in going through three groups ranked No. 1 by the Related Press – the primary time that’s occurred to a program in NCAA historical past – however few noticed Saturday’s thrashing coming.
Each applications closely recruit Houston, and earlier within the week Fisher mentioned recruits of at present additionally are likely to closely weigh how a lot they’ll play early for the workforce that loses, versus recruits of yesteryear merely angling to affix a perpetual winner.
If that’s the case, the Aggies ought to count on a slew of top-notch recruits to point out loads of curiosity after Saturday night time’s setback – as a result of the holes they should fill to compete for an SEC title look like many following the Tigers’ four-quarter publicity of their West division rival.
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