Texas A&M vs. LSU: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Aggies

Aaron Siegal-Eisman@@ASiegalEismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2013

Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Nickoe Whitley (1) tackles Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the second half at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won 51-41. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

LSU continues its success at Death Valley and beats Texas A&M 34-10. 

Final: LSU 34, Texas A&M 10 

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com.

Texas A&M Aggies Game Grades
Position Unit1st Half GradesFinal Grades
Pass OffenseBC-
Run OffenseD+D
Pass DefenseCC-
Run DefenseC-D-
Special TeamsBB-
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Game analysis for the Texas A&M Aggies:

Pass Offense: Texas A&M's passing game didn't get better in the second half; it actually got worse. Give credit to LSU for making adjustments at halftime. Johnny Manziel finished the game 16-of-41 for 224 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. 

Run Offense: Coming into the game, the Aggies averaged 198.8 rushing yards per game. Texas A&M ran for 75 yards on 18 carries by three rushers. This was certainly one of Aggies' weakest running performances of the year. 

Pass Defense: The Tigers went to their running game for 55 out of 75 offensive plays in the game. When LSU did pass, it had success because of Zach Mettenberger's on-point throws. The senior quarterback completed 11 of 20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. 

Run Defense: The Aggies front seven had a difficult time handling the Tigers' run game. LSU ended the game with 324 rushing yards on 55 carries. Running back Terrence Magee took advantage of open holes and rushed for 149 yards on 13 attempts and one touchdown. 

Special Teams: There wasn't much to talk about with Texas A&M's special teams; there were no major mistakes in the game.

Coaching: Head coach Kevin Sumlin didn't prepare his defense enough for LSU's dynamic offense and didn't make any noticeable offensive adjustments in the second half.

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies is sacked by defensive end Danielle Hunter #94 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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First-half analysis for the Texas A&M Aggies:

Pass Offense: If you're head coach Kevin Sumlin, you would've liked a much better first half of offense. The Aggies average 379.2 passing yards per game coming into this contest. Johnny Manziel has completed eight of 22 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown. 

Run Offense: The running game has been very unsuccessful so far. Texas A&M ran for 47 yards on 13 carries by three rushers. Manziel had a few solid runs in the hald, but nothing spectacular. 

Pass Defense: The Aggies secondary played pretty well until they gave up a big touchdown on the second-to-last LSU drive of the first half. Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger was 7-for-11 for 133 yards and two touchdowns. 

Run Defense: While LSU's passing was a little above average through the first half, its running game has been pretty solid so far. The Tigers have combined for 142 rushing yards on 25 attempts. Running back Terrence Magee made a few big runs, including a 65-yard carry. 

Special Teams: Other than Sam Moeller's disruption on a second-quarter punt which led to an Aggies field goal, nothing special happened. 

Coaching: Sumlin and the coaching staff need to make better play calls in the second half if Texas A&M is going to earn the victory. 



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