No. 6 LSU rallies by Texas A&M

Staff report
LSU's Russell Shepard carries against Auburn in 2009. The No. 6 ranked Tigers defeated 20th-ranked Texas A&M 24-19 on Saturday midday in College Station. 
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - While its offense had a tough time shaking off the cobwebs for an 11 a.m. kickoff, the defense forced five turnovers and No. 6 LSU overcame a 12-0 deficit to defeat No. 20 Texas A&M, 24-19.

Making its first trip to Kyle Field since 1995, LSU (7-1, 3-1 SEC) scored 24-straight points - 21 off turnovers - to silence the crowd and earn its first win in College Station since 1987 (17-3). It was also the Tigers' largest comeback at an opponent's stadium since 2004 (at Florida, 24-21).

On his birthday, LSU running back Jeremy Hill carried for more than 100 yards in the second half, as the freshman finished with career-best 127 yards and another dagger in his opponent's heart in the fourth quarter. Last week, Hill's 50-yard fourth-quarter score gave LSU a victory over No. 3 South Carolina. This week, a 47-yard touchdown run with 3:12 remaining put LSU ahead 24-12.

The Tigers have an open date before taking on No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 3. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had the Tigers on their heels in the opening quarter but couldn't hold off LSU's fierce defensive front. The Aggies scored the game's first 12 points but didn't score again until they were down 12 with 77 seconds remaining.

Along with Hill's rushing yards, Michael Ford added 78 yards on 11 carries and a 20-yard touchdown while Spencer Ware was held to only 15 yards on eight carries including three from under center.

On a windy game day, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was 11-of-29 passing for 97 yards with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Kadron Boone that game the Tigers a lead just before halftime. Mettenberger had eight passes broken up or batted down by defenders but did not commit a turnover.

Boone had a team-high 49 yards on four catches while Odell Beckham Jr. added four receptions for 35 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Kevin Minter led the Tigers in tackles for the fifth time in eight games. Minter had 12 tackles including one sack with an interception, and two quarterback hurries. Safety Eric Reid added 11 tackles while Craig Loston had nine and Lamin Barrow had eight with a fumble recovery.

Texas A&M outgained LSU, 410-316, but turnovers doomed the Aggies.

Johnny Manziel, a redshirt freshman, completed 29-of-56 passes for 276 yards but accounted for three turnovers with interceptions. He was sacked three times and hurried four more by the LSU defense that focused on containing the mobile signal caller. Manziel added 27 net yards rushing on 17 carries.

Ben Malena led the Aggies with 82 yards on 12 carries. Wide receiver Ryan Swope had a game-high 10 catches and 81 yards, while Mike Evans had six grabs for 76 yards.