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Jenkins’ late TD leads LSU to No. 14 Texas A&M, 27-24 | NWN News

Baton Rouge, La. (NWN) — A string of clutches completed by Max Johnson in less than a minute capped coach Ed Orgeron’s roller-coaster stint at LSU with a triumphant dispatch in front of an enthusiastic Tiger Stadium crowd.

Johnson hit Jere Jenkins with a 28-yard scoring pass with 20 seconds down the right edge, and LSU knocked down No. 14 Texas A&M 27-24 on Saturday night to qualify for the bowling.

“How about them Tigers Baby?” Said Louisiana native Orgeron, who grew up an LSU fan and considered coaching the Tigers his dream job. “We just kept preaching to our football team to keep fighting, keep fighting and something good is about to happen.”

LSU (6-6, 3-5 SEC) lost a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and were on the verge of their first losing season since 1999, when Johnson, who was sacked six times in the second half , LSU came alive on fourth and six from 19 with less than 1:30 left.

Johnson kept the Tigers alive with a decisive throw down the middle to Jack Bech’s end and then hit Jenkins for a 31-yard advantage. An 11-yard pass to Malik Nabors put LSU on 28, setting up the advancing score after three plays and setting up a wild celebration in Death Valley, while Orgeron smiled from ear to ear.

“That’s why we all came here – to win the game and be put in these conditions,” Johnson said. “It was a really lovely feeling after the game.”

LSU linebacker Damon Clark, a Butkus Award finalist, sealed the victory by sacking Eggies quarterback Zach Calzada twice.

“I will never forget this game. I love this team,” said Clarke.

The win gave LSU two straight wins to close out the regular season, but Orgeron said that he and LSU’s administration “mutually agreed that he would not coach a bowl game and that offensive line coach Brad Davis would be interim coach.” will take over as

“I told people I wish them all the best,” Orgeron said. “I’m not going to sit here and coach when someone else is coming in to be head coach this week or so.”

The loss likely dropped Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4) to a less coveted bowl, while the Aggies’ chance for the first 10-win season since 2012 ended.

Aggies coach Jimbo Fischer said, ‘I am disappointed. “They made us play one more. We have to play better and find a way to finish those games.”

Orgeron, who headed an undefeated national championship season in 2019, has gone 11-11 and agreed to return in October after this season.

One coach believed to be LSU widely followed as a candidate to replace Orgeron is Fischer, a former LSU offensive coordinator and national championship coach at Florida State, known as the former A&M athletic director. Scott Woodward, who now holds the same position. at LSU.

But Fischer has said he has no plans to leave the Aggies, who had been beaten for the most of three quarters by the Tigers of Organon and to take a 24–20 lead with two TD receptions by Jalen Preston in the fourth quarter. before the rally.

The go-forward touchdown was a memorable one in which Calzada avoided a sack by scrambling to the left side before running to give Preston an outlet. Taking the catch, Preston ran back across the field before slipping a doubles tackle attempt to complete the 32 yards scoring game.

Calzada passed 20 of 35 without a turnover for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

Calzada “made some big-time throws to help us out,” Fischer said. “He worked hard and made some great plays and put us in a position to win.”

Devon Achen had 121 yards from scrimmage, with 72 yards coming on the short reception. Moose Muhammad caught a scoring pass for 13 yards in the first half.

Johnson was 22 of 38 for 306 yards and three TDs, including a 45-yard scoring pass in the first half to Jenkins, who ended with eight catches for 169 yards. Johnson, who had his fifth 300-yard passing game this season, also had a scoring pass on a short throw to speedster Trey Palmer, who sidelined a few tacklers before bursting into open ground with such acceleration. Given that a defender couldn’t angle on what appeared to be him out of bounds. A 61-yard touchdown gave LSU a 17-7 lead at halftime.

During pre-game ceremonies to honor senior LSU players, seniors gathered to honor Orgeron. The Tiger Stadium crowd cheered with enthusiasm as players presented him game balls.


Texas A&M: The Aggies finished second in the nation in defense scoring, giving 14.9 points per game, but LSU went on to score more than A&M’s defensive end Michael Clemons’ three sacks and a total of 412 yards. Won victory.

LSU: The changes made on the defense during their goodbye week in late October have now produced consistent results against four opponents — Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe and A&M. Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller came in a run of about 107 yards on average, but held on for 27 yards on 11 carries.


Texas A&M: Awaits its bid for a bowl game.

LSU: A big bid is awaited while the search for a new head coach continues.


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