Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Completion of a series of clutches by Max Johnson. During his time at LSU on Ed Orgeron’s roller coaster, he won in front of the delighted Tiger Stadium spectators.
Johnson hit Yarrai Jenkins with a 28-yard scoring pass on the right sideline with 20 seconds remaining, and LSU knocked off the No. 14 Texas A & M 27-24 on Saturday night to qualify for the bowl.
“How about the Tigers Baby?” Said Orgelon from Louisiana, who grew up as an LSU fan and considered the Tigers coach a dream job. “We just kept fighting, fighting, and preaching to our football team that something good would happen.”
LSU (6-6, 3-5 SEC) lost a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and Johnson, who was dismissed six times in the second half, was on the verge of his first defeat since 1999. , 4th and 6th from LSU 19, with less than 1:30 left.
Johnson kept the Tigers alive with a decisive throw from the middle end to the tight end Jack Beck, hitting Jenkins for a 31-yard gain. The 11-yard pass to Malik Neighbors placed the LSU at 28, set a go-a-head score after three plays, and began a wild celebration in Death Valley while Orgelon smiled from bystander ears to ears.
“That’s why we all came here to win the game and be in this situation,” Johnson said. “I felt pretty sweet after the match.”
LSU linebacker Butkus Award finalist Damone Clark won by dismissing Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada twice.
“I will never forget this game. I love this team,” Clark said. “I couldn’t get a better finish for this senior class. We got stuck to the end and fought together.”
With this victory, LSU achieved two consecutive victories to conclude the regular season, but Olgeron said he and the LSU administration said, “Don’t coach the bowl game, aggressive line coach Brad Davis will take over as interim coach. Mutually agreed with each other.
“When another guy comes to the head coach this week or the next week, I’m not going to sit here and coach,” Orgelon said.
This defeat pushed Texas A & M (8-4, 4-4) into a less prestigious bowl, ending the Aggie’s chances of the first 10-win season since 2012.
“I’m disappointed,” said Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher. “They played one more than we did. We have to play better and find a way to end those games.”
Orgelon, who presided over the undefeated National Championship season in 2019, has since been 11-11 and agreed to resign after this season in October.
One of LSU’s coaches to replace Olgeron is Fisher, a former LSU attack coordinator and national championship coach in Florida, invited to College Station by former A & M athletic director Scott Woodward, who currently holds the same position. is. At LSU.
However, Fisher has no plans to leave Aggie’s, who had lost most of the three quarters by the Tigers of Orgelon, before rallying to take a 24-20 lead at two TD receptions by Jalen Preston in the fourth quarter. Said.
The Gore Head Touchdown was impressive to find Preston racing to give him an outlet after Karzada avoided the bag by scrambling to the left towards the sideline. .. After catching, Preston raced all the way across the field and slipped several tackle attempts to complete a 32-yard scoring play.
Karzada completed 20 out of 35 passes with 242 yards and 3 touchdowns without a turnover.
“We made some big throws to help us. He fought fiercely, played some great plays and put us in a position to win,” said Fisher.
Devon Achain was 121 yards from the scrimmage and 72 yards at the short reception. Muhsin Muhammad caught a 13-yard scoring pass in the first half.
Johnson was 22 of 38 with 306 yards and 3 TDs. This includes a 45-yard scoring pass to Jenkins in the first half. Jenkins finished with eight catches at 169 yards. Johnson, who played his fifth 300-yard pass game this season, had a short-throw scoring pass to Speedster’s Tray Palmer. His angle couldn’t push him out of the limit. The 61-yard touchdown gave LSU a 17-7 lead in half-time.
At the pre-game ceremony to honor senior LSU players, seniors gathered to honor Orgelon. When the spectators at Tiger Stadium enthusiastically cheered, the players presented him with a game ball.
Texas A & M: Aggie is second in defense nationwide, scoring 14.9 points per game, while LSU surpasses A & M’s defensive end Michael Clemmons’ three sack for a total of 412 yards. ..
LSU: The changes LSU made to the defense during Byweek in late October resulted in lasting results against four opponents: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana Monroe, and A & M. Isaiah Spiller’s running back, Aggie’s, came in a rush of about 107 yards on average, but was reduced to 27 yards with 11 carries.
Texas A & M: Waiting for a bid for a bowl game.
LSU: Waiting for a bowl bid while continuing to look for a new head coach.
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Jenkins Late TD Lifts LSU Beyond No.14 Texas A & M, 27-24
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