Turnovers doom A&M in close loss to LSU

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on October 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

 Say hello to the LSU defense, Johnny Manziel.

 

Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, and the Tigers (No. 6 BCS, No. 6 AP) controlled Texas A&M's dual-threat quarterback to rally from an early deficit and beat the Aggies (No. 18 BCS, No. 20 AP) 24-19 at Kyle Field on Saturday.

Michael Ford had a touchdown run and Zach Mettenberger threw a TD pass to Kadron Boonefor the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who scored 21 points off Texas A&M turnovers.

A&M (5-2, 2-2) outplayed the Tigers for much of the first half and led 12-0, LSU's largest deficit since the national championship game against Alabama in January. LSU converted two A&M miscues into touchdowns just before halftime, and Boone's diving catch in the end zone with 11 seconds left put the Tigers up 14-12 at the break.

Manziel, the SEC's leader in total offense, completed 29-of-56 passes for 276 yards and also threw three interceptions. He was also the league's leading rusher coming into the game and was held to 27 yards on 17 carries.

"Defense just had to get their feet set and understand what was going on," LSU coach Les Miles said, "get the comfort of the scheme and the habit of throw and how to chase that quarterback. He's a gutsy, tough guy."

The Tigers' offense ranks eighth in the SEC and struggled to produce points in two of three previous conference games. The defense forced three turnovers and notched a safety in a 12-10 win over Auburn last month, and it stepped up again with the offense sputtering Saturday.

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