LSU hung half a century on Texas A&M, and it wasn’t enough.
Joe Burrow set the SEC season passing record en route to a complete demolition of the Aggies, securing his place as the greatest quarterback in Tiger lore. And it didn’t even look that hard.
Everyone knew this one was coming. LSU’s always well-nurtured sense of outrage was at its most attuned for this one. Last year’s game was a robbery, and while there was nothing anyone can do about that, we could get some measure of revenge.
I personally wanted 72 points in regulation or at the very least a point-a-minute, but I guess half a century will have to do. LSU could have named its score, and it named this one.
LSU came roaring out of the gates, scoring a touchdown on each of its first four drives, building an insurmountable 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. After that, this game was simple about brushing up the resume.
LSU topped 500 yards again and this point? Ho hum. Whatever. Joe Burrow threw for 352 yards on a 23-32 night and it doesn’t even register as an above average game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was great, as usual, but he only had 87 yards on 18 carries, which counts as a mediocre game for him.
OK, Jamar Chase polished up his Belitnikoff resume by catching 7 balls for 197 yards and 2 TD, but otherwise, this was a business-like demolition. Those of us who wanted a blood feud were sorely disappointed, as LSU went up big, and then essentially put the offense into cruise control midway through the second quarter. A&M wasn’t worth four quarters of effort.
Kellen Mond finished the game with a line of 10-30 for 90 yards and 3 picks, and that was thanks to some late yards in the fourth, as for most of the game, LSU had more points than Mond had passing yards. But by game’s end, it was clear A&M was totally outclassed.
So here we are, LSU has completed its fourth perfect regular season in school history. For most of LSU history, we had to wait 50 year intervals for this kind of season: 1908, 1958, and then 2011. Now, just a few seasons later, LSU has another perfect regular season under its belt, hoping for a different postseason conclusion than 2011.
There will be plenty of time to complain about the playoffs and the seeding, but right now, LSU has to feel they can beat anyone, anywhere, at any time. So who cares what the seed is? Bring it on.
Forget about settling scores, this was another business trip. There’s one more to make before the playoffs.