3 takeaways from LSU's comeback win against Texas A&M
It wasn’t the start LSU hoped for, but by day’s end, that didn’t matter.
LSU had lost 17 straight games when trailing by 10-plus in the second half. That came to an end on Saturday when LSU rallied back for a 42-30 victory against Texas A&M.
Jayden Daniels might’ve locked up the Heisman Trophy, and LSU might’ve locked up a Florida bowl game. More on both of those things in a minute.
Here are 3 takeaways from LSU’s comeback win on Senior Day.
1. Jayden Daniels on Senior Day was …
“A slow build.”
Fitting. That was the story of his career.
Daniels’ day started with a quiet first half, and it finished with him throwing for 4 touchdowns to hit 50 total pre-Heisman touchdowns. Only 11 Power 5 players ever had accomplished that feat. Daniels continued to show the poise that we saw all year amid his historic season.
He entered the day as the only player in FBS history with 12,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards, so naturally, Daniels did it with both his arm and his legs. He surpassed the century mark with his legs for the 5th time this season. It was also the 8th time this season that Daniels had 4 total touchdowns without a turnover.
Next stop? New York.
2. Jaylen Henderson has helped himself
Let’s give some credit where credit is due. Henderson, A&M’s 3rd-string quarterback gave A&M a chance with 3rd-down conversion after 3rd-down conversion. The southpaw finished the day with 294 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and a costly interception. That ultimately allowed A&M to flip the momentum and overcome that double-digit deficit.
Still, though. Who knows what the future holds for the former Fresno State transfer. What’s clear is that with 3 starts for A&M, he showed he can play at the Power 5 level. Whether he gets another Power 5 opportunity remains to be seen.
3. A New Year’s 6 Bowl won’t happen, but a Florida bowl game is inevitable for LSU
LSU’s New Year’s 6 Bowl hopes are probably off the board due to Ole Miss being ranked higher in the Playoff rankings having just closed out a 10-2 regular season. I’d also expect the Citrus Bowl to pass on LSU after hosting the Tigers in that game last year.
Perhaps that means the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa is on tap for the Bayou Bengals. Whatever the case, LSU will have a chance to close out a potential 10-win season and finish as a top-10 team.
Oh, and maybe it’ll include its second Heisman-winning quarterback in 5 years.