COLLEGE STATION, Texas - LSU football got embarrassed on Saturday.
The No. 5 Tigers (9-3, 6-2 SEC) were upset by Texas A&M 38-23.
LSU's defense couldn't contain the Aggies' rushing attack led by Devon Achane. The offense was better but had a critical turnover in the third quarter that led to a fumble recovery and score for Texas A&M (5-7, 2-6).
Here are our grades from LSU's loss that eliminated the Tigers from College Football Playoff contention.
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels' fumble that was recovered and returned for a touchdown in the third quarter was an inexcusable blemish. The Tigers had spurts where they did a good job of moving the ball consistently and imposing a balanced attack against a good Texas A&M defense but sputtered in the fourth quarter when they needed to step up.
LSU's defense couldn't get off the field in the first half against an inferior offense that only scored 20 points against UMass a week ago. The Tigers let freshman Conner Weigman complete passes at will and couldn't contain running back Devon Achane on the ground.
This was supposed to be LSU's greatest tactical advantage. And although they played a little better in the second half, the Tigers surrendered a backbreaking touchdown early in the fourth quarter that gave the Aggies a two-touchdown lead.
Special teams: B-
Freshman kicker Nathan Dibert kicked the ball out of bounds again, which eventually turned into a Texas A&M field goal. Other than that, no larger blemishes.
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LSU's defense got outcoached by Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies' subpar attack, especially in the first half. Texas A&M consistently zigged whenever LSU tried to zag and it resulted in the worst performance the Tigers' defense has had this year.
Texas A&M had not scored more than 30 points against an FBS opponent this season until Saturday. That is an unequivocal failure.
Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.
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