Nov 23, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Texas A

What Went Wrong in Death Valley

The Aggies lost for the first time on the road in a SEC game under the leadership of Kevin Sumlin. The offense never got any rhythm and they were put in a whole early. This was also the first road loss for Johnny Manziel since his days at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas.  The game got off to a slow start but this defense shut down Manziel for most of the game. Other than a 10 point 2nd quarter this offense was quiet.

Don’t put this game all on Manziel, the Tigers have a physical and quick defense. The supporting cast on offense was a non-issue for most of this game. Other than Derel Walker’s six receptions for 131 yards, including that 51 yard touchdown. Ben Malena and Trey Williams combined for 24 yards rushing. Manziel had 69 yards on 12 carries and 224 yards through the air. This offense needs contributors outside of number two.

While most will point to the offense puting up 10 when they average 49 a game. However, this defense did nothing to slow down this offense. LSU scored just under their season average of 37 points per game. There was no pressure on Zach Mettenberger all game. This offense imposed their will running the ball. The Tigers had almost as many rush attempts (55) than the Aggies had total plays (59).

The Tigers were able to play ball control offense and keep Manziel and company off of the field. They held the ball for more than 40 minutes easily winning the time of possession battle. They also limited the Aggies to less than six minutes total in the second half. While many have been calling for the firing of Mark Snyder, this defense is extremely young. It will take some time and patience for this defense to play at a higher level.

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