Saturday, January 8, 2011
LSU renews rivalry with rare passing attack
The rivalry between the LSU Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies used to be one of the best in the country. Friday’s Cotton Bowl matchup was the 50th meeting between the schools, but their yearly series was discontinued after the 1995 season.
LSU’s Jordan Jefferson and Terrence Toliver should start a petition to get the Aggies back on the schedule.
Jefferson had a career-high tying three touchdown passes in the 41-24 win, after having just four passing touchdowns during the regular season.
Toliver tied Keyshawn Johnson’s Cotton Bowl record with three touchdown receptions. Toliver had just two touchdown catches during the regular season, both coming in LSU’s 33-29 win over Florida in October.
LSU continued a couple of its notable streaks Friday night. The Tigers have now won 11 of their last 14 bowl games, and are 28-1 in non-conference games under Les Miles, dating back to when he took over in 2005.
This is the sixth 11-win season in LSU history, four of those have come under Miles.
On the flip side, Texas A&M has now lost five straight bowl games, and has not won a bowl game since the 2001 Gallery Furniture Bowl against TCU.
But it wasn’t all bad news for the Aggies. Junior wide receiver Jeff Fuller had seven catches for 83 yards, giving him 1,066 receiving yards on the season. That makes him the first player in the 108-season history of Texas A&M football to have a 1,000-yard receiving season.