How it happened: LSU played keep away from Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M offense in a 34-10 over the Aggies. The Tigers had the football twice as long as A&M thanks to a ball control offense and an efficient passing game.
The 10 points are fewest scored in the Johnny Football era. The Aggies were held to less than 300 yards of offense for the first time since 2009.
Offense: It was obvious from the start what the game plan was for the Tigers. They figured they could run on the Aggies suspect defense and they were right. LSU rushed for 324 yards and they used their entire stable of backs.
Terrance Magee led the way with 13 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Hill rushed the ball 14 times for 76. Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard combined to rush for 97 yards.
The chilly and windy conditions didn't bother LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The senior threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry were his favorite targets as usual. Landry had 4 catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham had five grabs for 50 yards.
Defense: While LSU's offense did a good job of keeping Manziel off the field, the Tigers defense did a nice job making sure the Aggies offense was not on the field when they had the ball. A key stat in this one was third down conversions, as the Aggies were 5-for-13, while LSU was 10-of-16. That allowed the Tigers to have a sizable advantage in the time of possession department, 40:19 to 19:41.
It was the best performance of the season for the defense and it will probably keep Manziel from winning a second straight Heisman. Johnny Football was 16-of-41 for 224 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His favorite receiver Mike Evans, only caught four passes for 51 yards.
Give a lot of credit to freshman cornerback Rashard Robinson, who kept Evans in check and also had an interception. Craig Loston also had an interception and led the Tigers with seven total tackles.
LSU's defense also put a lot of pressure on Manziel during the game. They had two sacks and linebacker DJ Welter was credited with three quarterback hurries.
What it means: The victory should restore some faith that might have been lost within the fan base. The Tigers proved they are still one of the better teams in the Southeastern Conference and it's nice to see the coaching staff put together a game plan and the players execute it perfectly.
Up next: LSU will close out the regular season on Friday against Arkansas. The Tigers will be going after their 9th win of the season, while the Razorbacks will try to avoid a winless SEC season, as they dropped to 0-and-7 in the league with a 24-17 overtime loss to Mississippi State.