LSU and Texas A&M will meet for the 51st time on Saturday, when the Tigers travel to Kyle Field for the first time since 1995 to battle the Aggies. These two proud schools may be new SEC rivals, but obviously LSU and Texas A&M are very familiar historically and on the recruiting trail.
The Tigers lead the all-time series 27-20-3, with the first game being played in 1899 and the last meeting in the Cotton Bowl at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Here are 10 statistical highlights focusing on the history between two teams with elite fan bases and tradition.
1 – Common head coach between the schools, the legendary Dana X. Bible. Many Texas A&M fans know his name well, but College Football Hall of Famer coached at LSU for three games in 1916, going 1-0-2. Bible would leave for College Station the next year and would compile a 72-19-9 record in 100 games at the A&M helm. He also coached basketball and baseball at the school, and Bible would go on to lead the Nebraska and Texas programs as well.
446 – Total yards for LSU in the 2011 Cotton Bowl, a 41-24 win over Texas A&M in the last meeting between these programs. Running backs Stevan Ridley and Spencer Ware both topped the 100-yard mark for the Tigers, while Jordan Jefferson tossed three touchdown passes. Many college football pundits predicted this would be LSU coach Les Miles last game as head coach because of the Michigan vacancy, but the Mad Hatter stayed in Baton Rouge and led the Tigers to an SEC championship last year.
33 – Games in this series played in Baton Rouge. LSU holds the advantage in those contests, 22-10-1. Only nine of the 51 games have been played in College Station, with the Aggies going 7-1-1 at home. The Tigers lead in eight neutral-site games by a 4-3-1 mark.
63 – Points scored by Texas A&M in the 1914 game, a 63-9 win in Dallas. That is the highest scoring mark in this series. The Aggies own the four top point totals (63 in 1914, 52 in 1899, 46 in 1922 and 45 in 1991) over the Tigers, with LSU’s largest total coming in the 42-17 victory in 1972.
18 – Number of used cars that LSU needed to get back to Baton Rouge after its 19-14 victory over Texas A&M in the 1944 Orange Bowl. According to schools officials, most of them ran out of fuel stamps before returning to campus.
39 – FBS teams with less total yards than current Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. “Johnny Football” has amassed 1.680 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air, while also running for 676 yards and 10 scores.
9– Wins for LSU in this series during the 1960s. The 10th game in that decade was a 7-7 tie in 1966. Paul Dietzel led the Tigers in 1960-61, and the legendary Charlie McClendon took over in 1962 and would lead the LSU program until 1979.
5 – The longest winning streak for Texas A&M in this series, and it happens to be the last five regular-season meetings. The R.C. Slocum-led Aggies beat the Tigers every season from 1991-95
1– Heisman Trophy winner for each school, and the two winners were just two years apart. Texas A&M halfback John David Crow won the award in 1957, while LSU legend Billy Cannon would take home the trophy in 1959. Unfortunately, the two Hall of Famers just missed playing against each other in this series.
5– Times that LSU’s Les Miles has faced the Aggies, compiling a 3-2 record. He went 2-2 versus Texas A&M as the Oklahoma State head coach, and Miles led the Tigers to the aforementioned Cotton Bowl victory to conclude the 2010 campaign.