LSU vs. Texas A&M: The 10 biggest upsets in rivalry history
Since 1906, LSU and Texas A&M have met on the gridiron 59 times. The rivalry has gotten quite heated over the decades and was even discontinued after the 1995 season. It was 16 years before they got together again, and since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012, the SEC West Division rivals have played every year.
And of course, upsets have dotted the LSU vs. Texas A&M rivalry through the years. Here are the 10 biggest upsets in the history of this regional and now intradivision rivalry.
10. Texas A&M 28, No. 17 LSU 13
In the 3rd game of the 1943 season, LSU looked to climb in the polls when it hosted Texas A&M at Tiger Stadium, but it was the Aggies who pulled the upset and went on go undefeated for the first 8 games of the season. LSU later got its revenge, however, defeating the Aggies 19-14 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1.
9. LSU 31, No. 17 Texas A&M 12
Texas A&M jumped into the 1945 rankings after winning 19-14 at Oklahoma. LSU, meanwhile, was coming off a 26-7 thumping at the hands of Alabama. But at Tiger Stadium, the Tigers came away with the victory, propelling the Tigers to a 7-2 bounceback season after a disappointing 2-5-1 mark the previous year.
8. Texas A&M 28, No. 16 LSU 0
The Junction Boys rebounded from a 1-9 season in the 1st year under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. They opened the 1955 season with a 21-0 loss to No. 1 UCLA, but came back with an upset of a ranked LSU team at Kyle Field. It started the Aggies on the road to a 7-2-1 season, then a 9-0-1 mark the next year.
7. No. 18 LSU 34, No. 9 Texas A&M 10
The Tigers, having suffered 3 road losses in SEC play, were looking to stop the bleeding in the 2013 season. LSU returned home to Baton Rouge and shut down Texas A&M’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who completed just 16 of 41 passes with 2 interceptions.
6. LSU 27, No. 14 Texas A&M 24
A defeated and deflated LSU team, on the heels of head coach Ed Orgeron’s early-season firing, limped into Tiger Stadium for the final regular season game of 2021. LSU stood at 5-6 and faced the prospect of a first regular season losing record in 23 years. But Max Johnson threw a TD pass to Jaray Jenkins with 20 seconds left in the game to pull off the stunner over the ranked Aggies. Ironically, Johnson would transfer to Texas A&M before the following season.
5. Texas A&M 20, No. 12 LSU 18
The Aggies played their best game of the 1970 season at Tiger Stadium, as a 71-yard TD reception by Hugh McElory with 13 seconds left gave Texas A&M its first victory over LSU since 1956. The Aggies would then lose their last 9 games of that season while LSU recovered, won the SEC title at 9-2 and rose to No. 5 in the rankings, but lost to No. 3 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
4. LSU 17, No. 11 Texas A&M 8
LSU pulled off the major upset at Tiger Stadium to highlight an otherwise forgettable 5-6 season in 1990, its final campaign under head coach Mike Archer. The game was heated and controversial from the opening kickoff: Darren Lewis, Texas A&M’s all-time leading rusher, was ejected after a first-quarter scuffle, and the Aggies were unable to muster any offense without him.
3. Texas A&M 74, No. 8 LSU 72
In the rivalry’s most memorable game, the Aggies upset Top 10-ranked LSU at Kyle Field in this classic that closed the 2018 regular season. The highest-scoring game in SEC history took 7 overtimes to decide. Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond threw to Kendrick Rogers for the game-winning 2-point conversion, ending the nearly 5-hour marathon.
2. Texas A&M 21, No. 7 LSU 14
Texas A&M’s version of the wishbone throttled LSU in this 1974 major upset at Tiger Stadium. Aggies head coach Emory Ballard introduced the offense that produced 3 100-yard rushers in the game. Running backs Skip Walker (130 yards) and Bubba Bean (127 yards), along with quarterback Bucky Sams (107 yards), each scored a touchdown.
1. Texas A&M 28, No. 7 LSU 16
The Aggies opened the 1989 season with a new head coach. Jackie Sherrill had resigned under pressure and R.C. Slocum was making his debut in College Station against the No. 7 Tigers, whose sights were set on a national title. But Larry Horton returned the season-opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and the Aggies rolled to victory at Kyle Field. It marked the start of a successful 14-year run for Slocum and set LSU on a dark path that lasted a decade. LSU finished the season 4-7, the first of 6 consecutive losing seasons.