Rapid Reaction: LSU rallies to beat Texas A&M in Ed Orgeron's final home game
Coach O walked off a winner in his final home game.
Max Johnson threw a 27-yard TD pass to Jaray Jenkins in the final seconds to give LSU an improbable 27-24 victory over Texas A&M in Ed Orgeron’s final home game as the Tigers’ coach.
It won’t be his final game, however, The victory qualified LSU for a bowl game.
It didn’t look like LSU would need the dramatic comeback for much of the night.
LSU shut down the Aggies’ running game, forcing the outcome to rest on the shoulders of Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada. He put the Aggies in front for the first time in the game, 24-20, with 7:33 left in the 4th quarter, getting help from unlikely hero Jalen Preston. Calzada improvised on the play, threw to Preston, who broke 2 tackles raced across the field and completed the 32-yard touchdown play.
It was Preston’s 2nd TD catch of the game. The first came on the first play of the 4th quarter. Calzada threw a 15-yard touchdown strike to Preston, for his first TD of the season.
LSU possessed the ball for 11:02 of the 1st quarter but had only a 50-yard field goal from York for a 3-0 lead to show for it.
But on the second play of the 2nd quarter, LSU quarterback Max Johnson threw 45 yards to Jaray Jenkins for the first touchdown of the game and a 10-0 lead.
Texas A&M finally put a drive together, moving 73 yards in 7 plays to cut the Tigers’ lead to 10-7 with 4:31 left in the first half. Calzada was a perfect 4-for-4 in the drive for 59 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Muhammad III.
The Aggies had 54 yards of total offense prior to the scoring drive.
LSU rebuilt its 10-point lead just before halftime and took a 17-7 lead. With 32 seconds to play in the 2nd quarter, Johnson tossed a screen pass to Trey Palmer, who weaved his way 61 yards for a touchdown. Tigers senior OL Austin Deculus was among the lead blockers. He made LSU history by playing in his school-record 60th career game.