LSU muzzles Manziel

LSU muzzles Manziel

Johnny Manziel throws two interceptions in loss at Tiger Stadium

BATON ROUGE -- LSU held Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and No. 9 Texas A&M to the lowest offensive output in the past two seasons, as the Tigers controlled the clock and dominated the Aggies, 34-10, on a wet and cool Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

No. 18 LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC), which played host to the Aggies for the first time since 1994, forced a pair of turnovers and allowed only 299 yards. The Tigers also turned over the Aggies on downs twice while holding a 40:19-19:41 advantage in time of possession - its largest margin since Nov. 4, 2006, at Tennessee.

Texas A&M streaks of nine-straight games with 500-plus yards and 13-straight scoring 40 points both ended at the hand of an young LSU defense that has continued to improve with experience against some of the top teams in the country.

Offensively, running back Terrence Magee ran for a career-best 149 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown while Jeremy Hill added 76 yards on 14 runs. Alfred Blue came off the bench with 61 yards late in the game, and Kenny Hilliard scored the Tigers final touchdown from 2 yards in the third quarter.

LSU outrushed Texas A&M, 324-75. The 55 Tiger rushing attempts were its most since the 2011 Cotton Bowl victory over the Aggies and the most in the regular season since 2004.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger overcame a few drops to complete 11-of-20 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns to wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry had four catches for 87 yards with TD's of 10 and 40 yards. 

Both Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in 2013, becoming the first duo at LSU to do so in the same season. LSU outgained Texas A&M, 517-299.

LSU was 11 of 17 on third down, tying for the second-most conversions under LSU head coach Les Miles.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) managed only 5 of 14 on third down and struggled against the LSU defensive strategy throughout the contest. LSU covered in the secondary when it needed to cover, blitzed the Manziel at times and maintained its discipline against the elusive quarterback.

Manziel, who lost on the road for the first time in his career, completed 16-of-41 passes for 224 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. Seventy-three of his yards came in a 24-second drive just before halftime that results in the Aggies' only touchdown, a 51-yarder to Derel Walker. Walker finished with 130 yards receiving, while Mike Evans was limited to 51 yards on four catches while covered by LSU freshman cornerback Rashard Robinson.

Manziel led the Aggies in rushing with 54 net yards on 12 carries with two sacks. The next leading rusher was Ben Malena with 11 yards on three carries.

The Aggies won the toss and elected to put the ball in Manziel's hands to start the game. The Aggies earned a first down with a 14-yard pass to midfield but were stopped short of a first down when LSU defensive endJermauria Rasco caught Manziel scrambling at the LSU 46.

After a punt to the LSU 16, the Tigers' offense took the field for the first time. Hill ran four-straight times to the 34 but a 2-yard catch by Beckham Jr. came up inches short of a first down. On fourth-and-inches, backup quarterback Anthony Jennings entered attempted a sneak from under center but was ruled to come up short - and the call was confirmed after Miles challenged and asked for an official video review.

The Aggies took over at the LSU 39, but were stymied again. After lining up for a 52-yard field goal into a stiff north breeze, Texas A&M called a timeout and put its offense back on the field. Once again, Manziel was stopped short of the first down marker, this time by defensive end Danielle Hunter.

LSU took possession at its 31, but a dropped pass in open space by fullback Connor Neighbors ended its drive after three plays. Jamie Keehn's 43-yard punt was fair caught at the Aggies 19, but the Tigers were flagged for fair catch interference to give up 15 yards.

The penalty didn't affect the LSU defense, as they allowed only two yards on the drive before forcing a 49-yard punt by Drew Kaser.

From its 29, LSU used Magee to single-handedly score the first touchdown of the game. After a 5-yard run to start the drive, the junior running back broke loose with a run up the middle, cut to the left sideline before being tackled at the Aggies 1. Three plays after his 65-yard run, Magee scored a 1-yard touchdown to put the Tigers ahead 7-0 with 2:51 left in the opening quarter.

A holding penalty on the ensuing drive kept Manziel at bay and led to another Texas A&M three-and-out and a 48-yard punt.

Mettenberger, who had thrown only three passes in the first quarter, opened LSU's drive with a 36-yard catch and run by tight end Dillon Gordon to the Aggies 29. Magee earned another first down with a 6-yard run to the 14. On third-and-6 from the 10, Mettenberger connected with Landry slanting from the left slot at the 4 and the speedy receiver did the rest. The touchdown put LSU ahead 14-0 with 13:15 remaining in the half.

Starting the next drive from his 8 after a personal foul on the Aggies, Manziel attempted to answer the score through the air. Completions of 23 yards Walker and 12 yards to Travis Labhart were followed by a pass interference penalty on the Tigers. From the LSU 42, Manziel ran for 10 yards and then picked up a third-and-7 with a 9-yard pass to Walker. Another Manziel 11-yard run to the LSU 9 gave the Aggies a first-and-goal. After a 6-yard run by Malena to the 3, LSU pressured Manziel into three-straight incomplete passes and another turnover on downs. The 89-yard drive went for naught and LSU took over on downs for the second time.

Facing a third-and-9 from the LSU 4, Hill came up a yard short of the first down. Under pressure, Keehn's punt went sideways into the Texas A&M sideline for only 12 yards.

With perfect field position at the LSU 26, Manziel took a 9-yard sack from Hunter on first down and wasn't able to cross into the LSU red zone. A 41-yard field goal by Josh Lambo gave the Aggies their first points and LSU led 14-3 with 6:00 remaining in the half.

An illegal block and a false start called on LSU put the Tigers deep in their territory at the 3. On third-and-16, Beckham Jr. caught a 19-yard pass for a first down to the LSU 22. The Aggies were then flagged for pass interference on Beckham Jr. and roughing Mettenberger to give LSU another first down at its 37. The Tigers picked up another third-down conversion with a 20-yard catch and run by Hill to the Aggies 42. Two plays later, Landry caught a pass at the 13 and darted into the endzone for a 40-yard touchdown reception.

LSU led 21-3 with 1:37 remaining in the half.

With only 92 seconds left, Manziel was able to quickly answer with his only touchdown pass of the game. Texas A&M capped a three-play, 24-second drive with a 51-yard touchdown catch and run by Walker, who dashed past the LSU secondary after cornerback Tre'Davious White slipped attempting to cover the receiver.

Texas A&M cut the deficit to 21-10 going to the lockerroom. Without the final two plays for 73 yards, the Aggies were outgained in the half, 275-125.

On the opening drive of the third quarter, LSU controlled the ball and ran more than six minutes off the clock before settling for a 21-yard field goal by Colby Delahoussaye with 8:57 left in the quarter. LSU pushed its advantage to 24-10.

On the Aggies' first drive of the half, Manziel was intercepted by Robinson on a third-and-13 pass deep along the LSU sideline. Robinson was initially ruled out of bounds, but video review overturned the call for Robinson's first interception as a Tiger at the LSU 39.

LSU turned the mistake and short field into points, as Kenny Hilliard finished a nine-play, 61-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run that put LSU ahead 31-10 with 2:01 remaining in the third quarter.

As its defense continued to frustrate Manziel and the Aggies, the Tigers continued to run the ball and add to its lead. A 36-yard field goal by Delahoussaye with 7:57 remaining gave the Tigers the final advantage.

Late in the fourth quarter, Manziel's 10-yard touchdown pass to Evans was overturned by video review. On the next play, Craig Loston stepped in front of a receiver for an interception at the goalline that put the game on ice.

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