Nov 26, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies tight end Donovan Green (18) celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter against the LSU Tigers at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M bowls over No. 5 LSU, 38-23

Devon Achane returned from a two-game absence due to injury to rush for 215 yards and two touchdowns, and Texas A&M upset No. 5 LSU 38-23 on Saturday night in College Station, Texas.

Conner Weigman threw two touchdown passes and the Aggies (5-7, 2-6 SEC) never trailed while ending a six-game conference losing streak.

John Emery Jr. rushed for three touchdowns for the Tigers (9-3, 6-2), who saw their College Football Playoff chances end. They will face No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next Saturday.

After giving up 17 points on three possessions in the first half, the Tigers forced a three-and-out to start the second half.

LSU drove 71 yards on its first possession of the second half and scored on Emery’s 19-yard touchdown that tied the score at 17.

LSU’s next possession ended when Jayden Daniels fumbled and Demani Richardson picked the ball up and ran 27 yards for a touchdown that gave Texas A&M a 24-17 lead.

The score stayed that way until the first play of the fourth quarter when Weigman threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Moose Muhammad III. Achane, who finished with 38 carries, ran 10 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Moments later Emery ran 3 yards for a touchdown to cap the scoring with 6:21 remaining.

Achane had an impact right away as the Aggies drove 90 yards in 15 plays on their first possession. He rushed nine times for 54 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run. Texas A&M held the ball for seven minutes, 37 seconds on the drive — its only of the period — and it held a 7-0 lead entering the second quarter.

On the second play of the second quarter, Emery ran 4 yards for a touchdown to tie the score.

The Aggies drove to the Tigers 7 before stalling and Randy Bond kicked a 25-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.

LSU tied the score on the ensuing possession when Damian Ramos kicked a 34-yard field goal with 5:38 left in the second quarter.

On third-and-goal, Weigman threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Green to give Texas A&M a 17-10 lead with 1:10 left before the half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers quarterback Tavion Faulk (12) falls into the end zone for a touchdown against the UAB Blazers during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Prepping for SEC title game, LSU faces struggling Texas A&M

LSU has exceeded expectations as much as any team in the country.

Texas A&M has fallen as far short of expectations as any team in the country.

The two surprising teams will conclude the regular season against one another Saturday night in College Station, Texas.

The No. 5 Tigers (9-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) have more football ahead of them, facing No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship on Dec. 3, then moving on to a major bowl game or perhaps even the College Football Playoff.

The Aggies (4-7, 1-6) were No. 6 in the AP preseason poll after landing a historically high-ranked recruiting class but have lost their last six SEC games.

“This is as arguably as talented a football team as we’ll see all year,” LSU coach Brian Kelly said. “They’re young in some areas, but it doesn’t take away from the talent that they have on the field. … Certainly this is their game. Last one that they play this year again LSU, their rival, they’ll play their absolute best against us, and we’ll have to meet and exceed our play.”

The Tigers took the lead in the SEC West when they upset Alabama 32-31 in overtime on Nov. 5. They clinched the division a week later despite not playing their best in a 13-10 win at Arkansas. They bounced back with a strong performance in a 41-10 rout of UAB last Saturday.

“The UAB game might not have been as important to other people outside of the walls, but inside the walls that was a huge game for us. In terms of, you know, doing our job, the way the job needs to be done,” Kelly said. “The wins have been nice, the individual achievements have been really neat, the SEC West championship, but I’m most proud of the mental toughness that this group has shown.”

The Aggies nearly upset Alabama on the road before losing 24-20 on Oct. 8, but their only win since September was a lackluster 20-3 victory against Massachusetts last Saturday.

“Any time you’re not where you want to be you’re constantly looking, pushing, challenging, evaluating, changing, thinking,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said. “It makes you evaluate everything you do.

“You can’t let circumstances dictate who you are. That doesn’t mean you’re content with them. But you can’t let it affect your process, whether you’re 11-0 or you’re having a season like we’re having right now. Hopefully it will make you stronger in the future, but it’s not fun when it’s going on, I promise you that.”

Defensive lineman Albert Regis said the team won’t approach its last game any differently than other games.

“Our mindset won’t change,” he said. “Unfortunately, yes, this is our last game. … We’ll have juice regardless because it’s a blessing to play this sport at this level. What’s not exciting about that? Why not have as much juice as you can?”

Fisher said he’s “very, very optimistic” that leading rusher Devon Achane and leading receiver Evan Stewart will be able to return from injuries and be available Saturday.

Their presence would be a boost to an offense that has struggled all season and hasn’t scored more than 28 points against an FBS opponent.

–Field Level Media

Tigers head coach Brian Kelley as the LSU Tigers take down Alabama 32-31 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

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LSU heads to Arkansas with SEC West title within grasp

The LSU Tigers are in the driver’s seat to win the SEC West.

The Tigers (7-2, 5-1) moved up to No. 7 in the CFP rankings Tuesday night after a 32-31 overtime victory over Alabama last Saturday. That put them in position to win the West if they win their last two conference games.

First up is a game at Arkansas (5-4, 2-3) on Saturday. Coming off the upset victory against the Crimson Tide, LSU’s second in the past 12 meetings, the game against the inconsistent Razorbacks could be seen as “a trap game,” but Tigers coach Brian Kelly doesn’t see it that way.

“I’ve never bought into that because I think if it’s a trap game, you have not done a very good job with your football team,” Kelly said. “They know that Arkansas is an SEC opponent that beat them last year (16-13).

“It becomes a trap game if you’re not thinking right, and we’ll get our guys thinking the right way, and we’ll prepare the right way.”

LSU, which began the season unranked and was unranked as recently as three weeks ago, has won three straight, beating Florida and previously unbeaten Ole Miss before Alabama.

“We didn’t do anything different last week than we did for Ole Miss or we did for any of the other teams,” Kelly said.

The players understand the opportunity they have created for themselves, but Kelly said he won’t allow them to let it be a distraction.

“We’re not going to walk in with a PowerPoint on the SEC Championship race,” he said, “but it’s out there. They know what they’re going for.”

Arkansas rose to as high as No. 10 in the poll after winning its first three games, but that was followed by a three-game losing streak.

The Razorbacks bounced back to beat BYU and Auburn by a combined score of 93-62. But last week they lost at home to Liberty 21-19 as quarterback KJ Jefferson struggled while playing through a shoulder injury. He had the first multi-interception game of his career, throwing two, but coach Sam Pittman didn’t turn to backup Malik Hornsby.

Pittman said Jefferson’s limited practice time was a bigger factor in his performance than the injury itself.

“It was about is he healthy enough to play, and the answer was yes,” Pittman said. “So, there was never really a thought of pulling him out because of performance. It was about whether he was healthy or not. And obviously he ended up playing the last quarter or so well. He got back in the groove a little bit.”

Arkansas scored just three points during the first three quarters before scoring 16 in the fourth but still coming up short.

Jefferson, who finished 23 of 37 for 284 yards with two touchdowns against Liberty, is expected to practice more this week and start against LSU.

“My message to the team is if we don’t stay together, it ain’t going to work,” defensive back Quincey McAdoo said. “We’ve got to go back to work.”

–Field Level Media

Trinity Christian Academy's Colin Hurley (2) walks over to coaches during the second quarter of a regular season high school football game Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at Riverside High School in Jacksonville. Trinity won 30-14.

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5-star QB Colin Hurley commits to LSU, reclassifies to ’24

Five-star quarterback Colin Hurley committed to LSU and reclassified to the Class of 2024 on Friday.

The 6-foot, 213-pound prospect from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., was the No. 3 QB in the 247 Sports composite for 2025 and will be re-ranked for 2024.

Hurley, who visited LSU for a Sept. 10 win against Southern, chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State, among others.

Hurley joins a loaded quarterback room in Baton Rouge that includes 2023 four-star commitment Rickie Collins, true freshman Walker Howard and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers wide receiver Kyren Lacy (2) is tackled by Mississippi Rebels cornerback Davison Igbinosun (20) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Ole Miss suffers first loss of year as LSU’s Jayden Daniels dominates

Jayden Daniels ran for three touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes as host LSU handed No. 7 Ole Miss its first loss of the season, 45-20, in an SEC game Saturday afternoon.

Daniels, who had three touchdown runs and three touchdown passes in a 45-35 victory at Florida a week earlier, passed for 248 yards and ran for a game-high 121 yards.

The Tigers (6-2, 4-1) joined the Rebels (7-1, 3-1) and No. 6 Alabama as the only one-loss teams in the SEC West.

Jaxson Dart passed for 284 yards and Malik Heath had eight catches for 145 yards to lead the Rebels, but they were outscored 42-3 after taking a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter.

Daniels threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Mason Taylor to give LSU a 24-20 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Rebels drove to the Tigers 9 on the ensuing possession, but Dart was intercepted by Joe Foucha in the end zone.

Daniels ran 11 yards for a touchdown that increased the lead to 31-20 with 14:18 remaining. He added a 17-yard scoring run, and Josh Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run completed the scoring.

On the first possession of the game Ole Miss drove to Quinshon Judkins’ 6-yard touchdown run.

LSU then reached the Rebels’ 6 before settling for Damian Ramos’ 23-yard field goal.

Judkins ran 3 yards for a touchdown on the next possession to increase Ole Miss’ lead to 14-3.

The Tigers drove into scoring range again, but Ramos missed a 42-yard field goal, leaving the Rebels with their 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Jonathan Cruz’s 32-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter pushed the lead to 17-3.

LSU responded with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Jaray Jenkins, then forced Ole Miss to punt for the first time in four possessions.

The Tigers’ next possession ended with Daniels running three yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 17.

Cruz’s 48-yard field goal with 4:08 remaining in the second quarter gave the Rebels a 20-17 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA; LSU Tigers running back John Emery Jr. (4) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jayden Daniels (6 TDs) leads LSU past Florida, 45-35

Jayden Daniels threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more as visiting LSU held off Florida 45-35 in an SEC game Saturday night in Gainesville, Fla.

Daniels completed 23 of 32 passes for 349 yards and ran for 44 yards to lead the Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC).

Anthony Richardson threw a touchdown pass and added an 81-yard touchdown run to lead the Gators (4-3, 1-3).

On the first play of the third quarter, LSU’s Josh Williams, who finished with 106 yards rushing, broke free for a 50-yard run. Two plays later Daniels ran 9 yards for a touchdown that increased the Tigers lead to 35-21.

Daniels ran 9 yards for his third touchdown and a 42-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Richardson scrambled 81 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Gators within 14.

Trevor Etienne added a 1-yard touchdown run to trim the lead to 42-35 with 7:39 left.

The Tigers passed on a field goal attempt to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Gators 27 and Williams gained 2 yards with three minutes remaining. That led to Damian Ramos’ 47-yard field goal and a 10-point lead with 1:52 left.

Etienne returned the opening kickoff 47 yards. Two plays later Richardson threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Justin Shorter to open the scoring just 59 seconds into the game.

LSU answered with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to John Emery Jr. to tie the score.

Montrell Johnson ran 39 yards for a touchdown that gave Florida a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Daniels ran 1 yard for a tying score early in the second quarter.

Moments later, Jack Bech muffed a punt and Rocco Underwood recovered for the Gators at the Tigers 13. Five plays later Johnson ran 3 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-goal to give Florida a 21-14 lead.

LSU answered with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Brian Thomas Jr. to tie the score.

The Tigers took their first lead when Daniels threw a 54-yard touchdown to Jaray Jenkins for a 28-21 lead.

–Field Level Media

LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) eludes Auburn Tigers defensive end Marcus Bragg (98) as the Auburn Tigers take on the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

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LSU overcomes 17-0 deficit to beat Auburn

Jayden Daniels and John Emery Jr. each rushed for a touchdown as LSU overcame a 17-0 deficit to defeat host Auburn 21-17 in an SEC game Saturday night.

Daniels, who was playing with a lower back strain suffered a week earlier against New Mexico, passed for just 80 yards before being replaced by Garrett Nussmeier early in the fourth quarter.

LSU (4-1, 2-0) scored a defensive touchdown to trigger the turnaround that produced a fourth consecutive victory.

Robby Ashford completed 19 of 38 for 337 yards and two touchdowns for Auburn (3-2, 1-1). But he threw an interception that was one of four Auburn turnovers.

Auburn led 17-14 at halftime and forced punts on LSU’s first two possessions of the third quarter.

But Auburn couldn’t extend the lead as it punted on its first possession before going for fourth and 10 at the LSU 37. Ashford’s deep pass went incomplete.

LSU took advantage by driving to Emery’s 20-yard touchdown run that produced its first lead, 21-17, which it held at the end of the third quarter.

Auburn drove to a first-and-goal at the 5, but the threat ended when a trick play backfired. Wide receiver Koy Moore, a transfer from LSU, tried a pass, but it was intercepted by Harold Perkins.

Auburn reached the LSU 35, but Greg Brooks Jr. intercepted Ashford with 2:18 remaining and LSU ran out the clock.

Auburn scored on the first possession when Ashford threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Varrius Johnson and the 7-0 lead held up through the end of the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Ashford completed a 99-yard drive with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Camden Brown. Anders Carlson’s 29-yard field goal pushed the lead to 17-0 on Auburn’s next possession.

LSU continued to struggle on offense, but B.J. Ojulari forced a fumble while sacking Ashford and Jay Ward picked up the ball and ran 23 yards for a touchdown that trimmed the lead to 17-7.

Daniels led a two-minute drive that ended with him running 1 yard for a touchdown that cut the lead to 17-14 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Brian Kelly during warmups before the game against the New Mexico Lobos at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU tries to keep streak rolling with road test at Auburn

Brian Kelly is a month into his first season as LSU’s head coach as he prepares his team for its first conference road game.

LSU (3-1, 1-0) has won three games in a row as it prepares to visit Auburn (3-1, 1-0) Saturday night in the first of six straight games against SEC competition.

“This first month was kind of like, let’s put this together.” Kelly said. “Now we have to apply it to the SEC. That’s a step up. The next month will be good and bad days. We’re going to get hit in the mouth.”

LSU lost its season opener against Florida State, then sandwiched nonconference wins against outmanned opponents (Southern and New Mexico) around a 31-16 home win against Mississippi State in the conference opener.

Kelly said quarterback Jayden Daniels has no ill effects from a lower back strain that knocked him out of the New Mexico game last Saturday.

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said he’s looking for his quarterback, Robby Ashford, to build off his first start in a 17-14 overtime win against Missouri in the SEC opener last Saturday.

Ashford filled in for TJ Finley, who suffered a shoulder injury, and completed 12 of 18 for 127 yards and ran 15 times for 46 yards and a touchdown against Missouri.

Harsin said Finley will practice ahead of the LSU game.

“I think Robby managed things well,” Harsin said. “I think he made some good decisions and we took care of the football. He utilized his legs and he made some good throws at times. Overall, his demeanor, his attitude, his approach were real good.”

Auburn narrowly escaped an upset against Missouri when the Tigers missed a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter. Auburn kicked a field goal on the first possession of overtime, then a Missouri fumble landed in the end zone for a touchback to end play.

The Auburn offense is second-to-last in the SEC in yards per game (376.8), 12th in passing yards per game (202.8) and 10th in rushing yards per game (174).

“There’s plenty to improve on (offensively),” Harsin said. “If we can get some of the pass game, run game balance going that’ll help us.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Louisiana State Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers (8) fumbles a punt return that is recovered by Florida State Seminoles linebacker Brendan Gant (28) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Error-prone LSU, neighboring Southern meet for first time

The campuses of LSU and Southern University are separated by just about 10 miles in Baton Rouge.

But the two neighbors have never faced each other in football.

That changes Saturday night when the FCS Jaguars (1-0) visit the FBS Tigers (0-1).

LSU head coach Brian Kelly said he’s excited about welcoming an HBCU to Tiger Stadium for his first home game. But it’s more important that the Tigers fix a lot of breakdowns that they had in a season-opening 24-23 loss to Florida State in the Superdome last Sunday.

“The reality is we’ve got some learning to do,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to coach better, and we’ve got to play better.”

LSU made a field goal on the game’s first possession, then trailed 17-3 and 24-10 before rallying late in the fourth quarter. It scored a touchdown as time expired but failed to force overtime when the extra point was blocked.

The Tigers also had trouble blocking the Seminoles’ pass rushers, muffed two punts and allowed 11 conversions on 17 third downs.

“We’ve got to have our kids coached in a manner where they’re ready,” Kelly said. “And I’m accountable for that.”

Southern scored the second-most points in school history when it routed visiting NAIA opponent Florida Memorial 86-0 last Saturday in Eric Dooley’s first game as head coach.

“We wanted a confidence booster heading into the next game,” linebacker Glenn Brown said.

Southern knows it will be at a talent disadvantage just as its opponent was last week.

“We know this game is going to be very, very challenging, but we feel our players are up to the challenge,” Dooley said. “They have a lot of talent over there. The ball didn’t bounce their way in the last game, but that has nothing to do with the type of team they have.”

Dooley said he recruited a lot of the LSU players even though he knew getting them was a long shot.

“We want to see how we line up against some of the best talent,” he said. “You always prepare to win.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 18, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Brian Kelly speaks to the media  during SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Not quite their heyday, but LSU vs. FSU still intriguing Sunday

Expectations aren’t as high for Florida State or LSU this season compared to what they generally have been, but Sunday night’s game in New Orleans still qualifies as one of college football’s most intriguing games of the week.

Neither team is ranked as the Seminoles (1-0) meet the Tigers in the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff in the Caesars Superdome, as LSU launches the Brian Kelly era in prime time.

As FSU tries to build on its season-opening 47-7 rout of FCS opponent Duquesne, one of these teams will leap into the Top 25 discussion.

“Kids, they know,” Seminoles third-year coach Mike Norvell said. “You don’t have to hype it up any extra for what it is. You go play your best and put your best foot forward each and every play, and you’ll give yourself the best chance to be successful in the moment.”

Against Duquesne, FSU had three 100-yard rushers for the first time in school history, as the Seminoles won their season opener for the first time since 2016. Treshaun Ward had a career-high 127 yards on 14 carries, Trey Benson went for 105 yards and Lawrance Toafili posted 101.

“Usually it’s whoever has the hot hand,” Benson said. “But today, all of us had the hot hand.”

Former Notre Dame coach Kelly said the Tigers must slow down the FSU running game or dual-threat quarterback Jordan Travis “will have a field day.”

As for his own quarterback, Kelly has declined to publicly name his starter even though he said he chose between Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier last weekend.

“I think it’s a tactical advantage not to announce it,” Kelly said.

The Tigers went just 6-7 last season as Ed Orgeron was fired as head coach, but they promptly shocked the college football world by spiriting away Notre Dame’s all-time winningest coach with a 10-year, $95-million deal.

Kelly and the Tigers will begin this season without John Emery, who was projected to be the top running back, but will miss at least the first two games of this season after missing all of last season because of academic issues.

–Field Level Media