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LSU vs. Texas A&M: Score and Twitter Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2016

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Derrius Guice #5 of the LSU Tigers breaks the tackle of Justin Evans #14 of the Texas A&M Aggies for a 45 yard score in the first quarter at Kyle Field on November 24, 2016 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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No Leonard Fournette, no problem. Behind the rushing attack of Derrius Guice and the arm of Danny Etling, LSU thumped Texas A&M 54-39 on Thursday night at Kyle Field.

Guice set an LSU single-game rushing record with 285 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground, as ESPN CollegeFootball noted:

ESPN CollegeFootball @ESPNCFB

Derrius Guice just passed Leonard Fournette to set the record for most rush yards in a single game in LSU history with 285 yards. https://t.co/NGYnO9pUA7

Etling added 324 yards passing with two touchdowns as the two made history, per ESPN Stats & Info: 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

This is the first time in LSU history that the Tigers have had a 300-yard passer and 200-yard rusher in the same game.

Without Fournette, its star running back—who didn't travel with the team due to an ankle injury—LSU entered the game facing an uphill battle on the road. 

But Guice was quick to show he could carry the backfield, rumbling through the Texas A&M defense for a 45-yard touchdown on the Tigers' first drive. 

It was a perfect jolt for Yahoo Sports' Dr. Saturday after a Thanksgiving feast:

Dr. Saturday @YahooDrSaturday

That didn't take long for LSU... Derrius Guice with a 45-yard TD run. WAKE UP FROM YOUR FOOD COMA AND WATCH FOOTBALL

ESPN's Carley McCord was buying the early hype:

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Guice Guice baby. #LSU

Guice had been doing this all season, though, and Billy Embody of Scout broke down how valuable he's been:

Texas A&M answered through the air with 6:05 left in the first when quarterback Trevor Knight connected with Christian Kirk for a 36-yard touchdown to help tie things up. 

Battling a shoulder injury, Knight looked fine to CBSSports.com's Brad Crawford:

Knight threw for three touchdowns and 211 yards before injuring his knee in the fourth quarter and leaving the game. Jake Hubenak attempted seven passes in Knight's absence, completing three for 73 yards.

That touchdown to Kirk was all the success the Aggies saw in the first half, though, as LSU dominated the second quarter. 

After a pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals put the Tigers up 13-7, LSU linebacker Devin White stripped Trayveon Williams at A&M's 20-yard line to give the Tigers a short field with 43 seconds left. 

Just 11 seconds later, Etling hit Malachi Dupre to help put LSU up 20-7 at the half. Just like Knight, Etling impressed with his touchdown throw. This time, Shea Dixon of 247Sports doled out the praise:

Shea Dixon @Sheadixon

That might be the best throw of Danny Etling's career. Dropped it in the bucket to Malachi Dupre in the corner of the end zone. #LSU

During the second quarter, Knight had just nine yards and completed one of eight passes.

Thanks to a 66-yard kick return from Kirk to open the second half, the Aggies started with a field goal, but Guice punched right back with a 45-yard touchdown run to pad LSU's lead.

ESPN's Ryan Clark was ready to put him in an elite category:

Ryan Clark @Realrclark25

Guice has to be All SEC this year as the "back up"!

With 7:45 left in the third, Guice scored his third touchdown of the game with a six-yard scamper to help the Tigers go up 34-10. 

It prompted Xfinity Sports to bring up the College Football Playoff rankings from a few weeks ago, when Texas A&M was in the Top Four:

XFINITY Sports @XFINITYSports

LSU 34 Texas A&M 10 Remember when this was a thing... https://t.co/ViMKMy8qA6

Guice's third score was the first in a streak of seven consecutive touchdown drives between both teams. 

Fox8 NOLA's Chris Hagan forgot what conference he was watching because of the scoring outburst:

Chris Hagan @ChrisHaganTV

All of a sudden, LSU and Texas A&M are playing a Big 12 game. Tigers lead 47-31 in the 4th.

But LSU's ability to answer each of Texas A&M's scores ensured that the Tigers maintained a healthy advantage.

The seventh consecutive scoring drive contained Guice's fourth TD, this one coming from two yards out to help put LSU up 54-33 with 4:59 remaining. 

While there weren't dire postseason implications for LSU on Thursday night, a strong performance might have presented another case for why interim head coach Ed Orgeron should get the permanent gig next season. 

However, during the game, ESPN.com's Chris Low and Brett McMurphy reported that LSU and Tom Herman, Houston's head coach, were close to a deal.

Still, it should not be lost just how good of a job Orgeron did, going 5-2 after the school fired Les Miles, which got some such as Avi Zaleon of the Dallas Morning News thinking:

Avi Zaleon @avi_zaleon

LSU: Coach O is a good coach and your team is playing well. Also LSU: Give Tom Herman all your money. https://t.co/F20aesHv6R

Texas A&M (8-4) lost out on its first 10-win season since 2012, which included a Cotton Bowl win and a Heisman Trophy for Johnny Manziel. It also would have been the first time the Aggies would have finished SEC play with a winning record since that same year.

With that kind of mediocre stretch, there is a possibility that head coach Kevin Sumlin could lose his job. 

       

Postgame Reaction

Orgeron didn't get much of an opportunity to talk about the win, per Ross Dellenger of the Advocate:

Ross Dellenger @RossDellenger

Orgeron: "Great night. Great win for our team." #LSU

Instead, he was asked about the Herman rumors. He didn't pay much attention, though, per Steve Fullhart of KBTX:

Steve Fullhart @stevefullhart

Ed Orgeron says he turned off his phone and didn't read media reports or social media. Helped cut down on distractions. @kbtxsports https://t.co/uZ0XeQXpZY

Much like LSU fans, Orgeron is unsure of his next step, per Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com:

Sam Khan Jr. @skhanjr

Asked about his future, Ed Orgeron said "I don't know what's gonna happen." https://t.co/zu9eIVtG1z https://t.co/yxV0rwHVvD

But he doesn't seem worried, per Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com:

Jim Kleinpeter @JimKleinpeter

#LSU coach Ed Orgeron: I'm going to take it one day at a time. We did all we could. I am happy for them.

In the other locker room, Sumlin was not pleased, per Ben Baby of the Dallas Morning News:

Ben Baby @Ben_Baby

Kevin Sumlin: "I think everyone's frustrated.... It's not a good feeling."

For a coach who is 15-17 in SEC games over the past four years and 3-9 in November conference tilts since 2013, Sumlin has a lot of work to do should he keep his job. 

           

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com

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