LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry

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LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry
First Meeting December 2, 1899
Last Meeting November 23, 2013
Next Meeting November 27, 2014
Meetings 52
Series LSU leads 29–20–3

The LSU–Texas A&M football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies. With Texas A&M's admission into the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2012, it is annually scheduled between fellow members of the SEC West.

History[edit]

Despite the proximity of the two universities to each other, the series has been highly intermittent (with 10, 15, and 19 year breaks between games, among others). The majority of the pre-2012 games were non-conference matchups; the series also had a five-game stretch from 1906 to 1914 when the teams were conference opponents in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).

Over the years, the teams built strong home-field advantages, and the series record is reflective of these reputations: LSU is 23–10–1 in Baton Rouge, A&M is 7–2–1 in College Station. LSU leads 4–3–1 at neutral sites, including wins in the two bowl games where the schools were opponents: the 1944 Orange Bowl in Miami and 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington.

LSU has the longest winning streak; 6 games from 1960–65, which was also part of a 9–0–1 run from 1960–69. From 1945–88, LSU went 20–5–1 against Texas A&M. It currently has been 19 years since Texas A&M has defeated LSU in a football game.

Pre-SIAA[edit]

The teams first played at College Station in 1899, with the Aggies winning 52–0. It was the only game between them before they joined the SIAA.

SIAA[edit]

They did not meet again until 1906 in Baton Rouge, the first of five games between 1906 and 1914 in which they were conference opponents in the SIAA. They didn't play from 1909 to 1912. They played two more times in 1913 and 1914. The Aggies went 3–1–1. After 1914, A&M left to join the newly formed Southwest Conference (LSU also participated in initial meetings to form it, but chose not to join.)

SEC vs. SWC[edit]

They played two neutral-site games in 1916 and 1917 before a home-and-home series from 1920–23. Between 1916 and 1923, the Aggies led 3–2–1.

The series would then take a 19-year break (the longest gap between games in the rivalry) before resuming in 1942; they played every year from 1942 to 1949 during the regular season, with every game held in Tiger Stadium. In addition to the regular season game in 1943, they met in the first bowl game of the rivalry. LSU won the January 1, 1944 Orange Bowl 19–14. LSU went 7-2, with LSU winning the last five.

After a five-year break, they met in 1955 and 1956, with the Aggies taking both games. They were led by John David Crow, a Louisianian, and their first Heisman Trophy winner (and the only one coached by Bear Bryant). They played annually from 1960 to 1975, with every game held in Tiger Stadium. LSU went 12–3–1. Texas A&M's 1970 win had a 79-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left to upset LSU (who would win the SEC title). A&M did not win another game that year.

The rivalry was not renewed until 1986 as a season-opener. It continued until 1995, with the games alternating between Baton Rouge and College Station. The Aggies went 6–4, winning the last five. Four were over LSU head coach Curley Hallman, a former Aggie. R. C. Slocum, a native Louisianian, served as head coach for the Aggies during the final seven games. Four games during this renewal of the series had former LSU quarterbacks Lynn Amedee and Steve Ensminger as Aggie offensive coordinator.

SEC vs. Big 12[edit]

They did not meet again until January 7, 2011, in the Cotton Bowl Classic. It was the only meeting during the Aggies' tenure in the Big 12 Conference, and the second time in a bowl game. In 2011, the Cotton Bowl celebrated its 75th Anniversary and this was the first Cotton Bowl Classic to be played in prime time in the highly anticipated matchup. LSU beat Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl 41–24 at Arlington, Texas.

SEC[edit]

The series resumed in 2012, and for the first time since the SIAA days the teams would be conference opponents, when A&M joined the SEC and was placed in the West Division with LSU. In 2012, A&M's Johnny Manziel won the Heisman. LSU's defense made Manziel have his worst performance of the year, which included 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. #6 LSU beat #18 Texas A&M 24–19 at Kyle Field in the first SEC game. In 2013, #22 LSU beat #12 Texas A&M 34–10, giving A&M their first SEC road loss.

Beginning in 2014, LSU and Texas A&M will meet on the final weekend of the regular season. The 2014 contest is scheduled for Thanksgiving night in College Station.

Game results[edit]

LSU victories are colored ██ purple. Texas A&M victories are colored ██ maroon. Ties are white.