Texas A&M Football: 10 Things We Learned from the Win over Louisiana Tech
The Texas A&M football team beat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 59-57 to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 5-1 and their dreams of a BCS bowl game are officially dead.
The game featured two of the best offenses in the country squaring off against one another. Entering the game, the Bulldogs ranked No. 11 in the nation in total offense averaging 523.4 yards per game. The Aggies were right behind them at No. 12 with 516.8 yards per game.
In a game that promised offensive fireworks, it was the Aggie special teams that made the difference. The Aggies blocked an extra point and returned it for two points to create the difference in the game.
This is a look at the 10 things we learned from the Aggies' win over Louisiana Tech.
Taylor Bertolet Is Consistently Inconsistent
Texas A&M freshman kicker has been inconsistent so far this season. He was three for three on field goals, including a 54-yard kick. However, for the second week in a row, he missed an extra point.
This miss almost cost the Aggies as it kept the Bulldogs within two scores. Bertolet needs to consistently make extra points.
Johnny Football Is Getting Better Each Week
After struggling to go through his reads against Ole Miss, Aggie freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel did a great job against the Louisiana Tech defense.
Manziel completed 24 of 40 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Facing a 3rd-and-23 late in the game, Manziel outran the Bulldogs' defense for a 72-yard touchdown. When the pressure is on, Manziel finds a way to make plays to win games. He is one of the most dangerous playmakers in all of college football.
The Aggies Missed Their Suspended Starters
The defense had a terrible game against the Bulldogs. They tackled very poorly and committed way too many penalties.
The Aggies could have used Stephen Jenkins against the Louisiana Tech running game. Bulldog running back Kenneth Dixon rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
The Aggies could have used Howard Matthews in the secondary. Louisiana Tech passed for 450 yards and five touchdowns on the day.
The Ags Have No One Who Can Cover Quinton Patton
Louisiana Tech senior wide receiver Quinton Patton had one of the more dominating performances you are ever going to see from a wide receiver in college.
Patton caught 21 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. The Aggies tried four different cornerbacks on him but could not find anyone who could contain him.
In addition to the receptions and yardage, Patton drew at least three pass interference penalties from the Aggies' defense.
Patton is one of the quickest wide receivers in the country and has a very bright futures in the NFL.
The Freshmen Are Stepping Up
True freshman running back Trey Williams and true freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson both had big games for the Aggies.
Williams had two receptions for 60 yards. Johnson led the Aggies with five receptions for 57 total yards and a touchdown. Johnson scored the touchdown late in the fourth quarter to increase the lead to nine points.
It was a clutch play from a true freshman playing on the road.
Damontre Moore Is an All-American
Junior defensive end Damontre Moore's nickname is "Damonster." He truly was a monster against Louisiana Tech. He tallied 17 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Moore is being double or triple-teamed in games, yet he is still dominating. Every offensive coordinator knows that they have to contain Moore in order to have success, yet none have been able to do it.
Through the first half of the season, he has been one of the best defensive ends in the nation.
Deshazor Everett Needs to Get Healthy
Sophomore defensive back Deshazor Everett is the best cornerback and the best safety the Aggies have. He injured his shoulder against Ole Miss and the Ags missed him tremendously against Louisiana Tech.
He is someone who could have lined up one on one against Patton and won a couple of those battles.
With the toughest stretch of the schedule coming up, the Aggies need Everett to get healthy.
Lakendrick Williams Can Contribute
Senior wide receiver Ryan Swope took a blow to the head in the first quarter and was lost for the rest of the game. When Swope went down, it opened up an opportunity for playing time for others.
Sophomore wide receiver LaKendrick Williams had two receptions for 25 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown catch and run.
Williams was brought into the program to be a kick returner. It is nice to see him prove his value to his teammates on the field.
A&M Can Win a Shootout
No one wants to see a defense repeatedly miss tackles, but there is something to be said for knowing you can outscore teams.
Last week against Ole Miss, the defense carried the Aggies while the offense committed six turnovers. Against Ole Miss, the defense got lit up while the offense made sure that the Aggies never trailed.
If the Aggies can put together a game where both their offense and defense plays well at the same time, they will be able to beat a very good football team.
These Aggies Believe
This makes two weeks in a row where the Ags were given ample opportunity to pack it in and accept a loss on the road, but instead they kept fighting and found a way to win.
This team obviously trusts its coaches and has a tremendous will to win. The last time the Aggies came to Shreveport they had a meltdown on special teams and got blown out in the Independence Bowl against Georgia.
The seniors on this team were freshmen when they played in that game. These seniors are stepping up and leading this team, that simply finds ways to win games.