LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry
|LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry|
|Series record||LSU leads 29-20-3|
|Last meeting||November 23, 2013
LSU 34, Texas A&M 10
|Next meeting||November 27, 2014|
|Largest win||Texas A&M, 63-9 (1914)|
|Longest win streak||LSU, 6 (1960–1965)|
|Current win streak||LSU, 3 (2011–present)|
The LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the LSU Tigers football team of Louisiana State University and Texas A&M Aggies football team of Texas A&M University. With the admission of Texas A&M as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2012, the rivalry is annually scheduled between fellow members of the SEC West.
Texas A&M is LSU's ninth oldest collegiate-football rivalry. On the other side, the Tigers are the Aggies' seventh-oldest collegiate-football rivalry.
Notwithstanding the proximity of the two universities to each other, the series has been highly intermittent (with breaks of nine, 15, and 19 years between contests, among others). The majority of the pre-2012 contests were as out-of-conference matchups; however, the series featured a five-game stretch between 1906 and 1914 when the teams were conference opponents in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).
Over the years, the two teams have built strong home-field advantages, and the series' record is reflective of these reputations: the Aggies are 7–2–1 in College Station, while LSU is 23–10–1 in Baton Rouge. Also, LSU holds a 4–3–1 edge at neutral sites, including wins in the 1944 Orange Bowl in Miami and 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas.
The Aggies have shut-out the Tigers 7 times (including the Aggies' non-university recognized National Championship Season of 1917 when they did not surrender a point during 8 games, and beat the Tigers 27–0). The Tigers have shut-out the Aggies 9 times (including the Tigers' non-university recognized National Championship season of 1908, when they beat the Aggies 26–0, and the Tigers' non-university recognized National Championship season of 1962, when they beat the Aggies 21–0). The Tigers hold the series' longest winning streak of 6 games from 1960 to 1965. That winning streak was part of a 10-game unbeaten streak for LSU from 1960 to 1969 which included a 7–7 tie in 1966. From 1945–1988, LSU had the most dominant span in the series history. LSU went 20-5-1 vs. Texas A&M during this span. It currently has been 19 years since Texas A&M has defeated LSU in a football game.
The Aggies first played the Tigers in College Station in 1899, with the Aggies winning. It was the only contest between the two schools prior to both teams joining the SIAA.
The teams would not meet again for six years (the first of many breaks in the rivalry) until 1906 in Baton Rouge, the first of five games between 1906 and 1914 in which the teams would be conference opponents in the SIAA. Although conference opponents the SIAA period featured yet another break (the teams did not play between 1908 and 1911) followed by three years of games between 1912-1914. A&M held a 3–1–1 advantage in the five games where both teams were SIAA members (which included neutral site games in New Orleans in 1908, Houston in 1913, and Dallas in 1914). After 1914 A&M would depart the SIAA for the newly formed Southwest Conference (LSU also participated in initial meetings to form the Southwest Conference but elected not to join when the conference began play.)
SEC v. SWC
The teams would not play in 1915, then played two neutral-site games in 1916 and 1917 (Galveston in 1916 and San Antonio in 1917) before yet another break between 1918-1919 and then four more games between 1920-1923 in a home-and-home series. Between 1916 and 1923 A&M held a 3–2–1 advantage.
After 1923 it would be 19 years before the Aggies and Tigers would play; the teams played every year from 1942 to 1949 during the regular season, with all of the games held in Tiger Stadium, which had been expanded into the South's largest football venue during the 1930s. In addition to the regular season match-up in 1943, the Aggies and Tigers also faced each other in the first bowl match-up of the rivalry. The Tigers won the January 1, 1944 Orange Bowl 19–14. The Aggies were 2–7 in those match-ups.
After a five-year break the Aggies and Tigers met in 1955 and 1956, with the Aggies taking both match-ups (the 1955 game was held at a neutral site in Dallas, and the 1956 game was held in Baton Rouge). The Aggies were led in those games by John David Crow, a Louisianian, and also their first Heisman Trophy winner. The teams met again in 1960. From 1960 to 1975, the Aggies and Tigers played annually (the most consecutive match-ups of the series), with all of the contests played at Tiger Stadium. The Aggies went 3–12–1 over this span, but their 1970 win was notable in that it featured a 79-yard touchdown pass with just 13 seconds left to upset the heavily favored Tigers (who would go on to win the SEC title). A&M lost all nine of their remaining games that year. After several years of not playing each other, much to the dismay of Tiger fans A&M signed Baton Rougean Billy Cannon, Jr. - a future first round draft choice in the NFL who also happened to be the son of LSU's lone Heisman Trophy winner.
The rivalry would then take another break, this time for nine years, before being renewed in 1986 in the season-opener slot. This stretch would continue for 10 years until 1995, this time with the games alternating between Baton Rouge and College Station. The Aggies were 6–4 over this span, winning the last five meetings - four of which were over LSU head coach Curley Hallman, a former Aggie. R. C. Slocum, a native Louisianian, served as head coach for the Aggies during those final seven games. Four match-ups during this 10-year renewal of the series also featured Lynn Amedee or Steve Ensminger - both former LSU quarterbacks - in the role of Aggie offensive coordinator. Bucky Richardson, who like Billy Cannon, Jr. was a product of Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge, also played in several of these games.
SEC v. Big 12
The Aggies and Tigers would not renew the annual series after 1995, therefore resulting in a 15-year break in the series, which ended when the teams faced each other on January 7, 2011, in the Cotton Bowl Classic. It was the only time the schools faced each other during the Aggies' tenure in the Big 12 Conference, and the second time the two had faced each other in a bowl game. LSU beat Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl 41–24 at Arlington, Texas.
The series resumed in 2012, and for the first time since the SIAA days the teams would be conference opponents, when Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference and was placed in the West Division alongside LSU. In 2012 Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. LSU's defense caused Manziel to have his worst performance of the season, which included 3 interceptions and 0 touchdowns. #6 LSU beat #18 Texas A&M 24–19 at Kyle Field in the first ever SEC matchup. In 2013 Johnny Manziel was looking for back to back atheism and and went into Tiger Stadium and had the worst performance of his career. Manziel had 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions with a 33% completion rate. Manziel accumulated a total QBR of 14.6 out of 100. #18 LSU defeated #9 Texas A&M 34-10, handing the Aggies their first road loss since joining the SEC.