LSU survives A&M, looks toward Tide


LSU survives A&M, looks toward Tide

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) LSU coach Les Miles is already giving Alabama something to think about, two weeks away from their showdown in Death Valley.

The Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) head into the month of November with one loss or fewer for the sixth time in eight years following Saturday's 24-19 win over Texas A&M. LSU has an open date before hosting top-ranked Alabama on Nov. 3,

The Crimson Tide wasn't on Miles' mind moments after LSU rallied to beat the Aggies at Kyle Field.

``We're going to get on the plane,'' Miles said. ``We're going to head home. We're going to find us a big flat-screen TV somewhere. Eat heavily, watch the games, and probably tomorrow sometime we'll likely meet with the team and describe the game and kind of fix it, talk about the things we did good and the things we didn't.''

Long passes were one of the things LSU didn't do well against Texas A&M.

Zach Mettenberger completed only 11 of 29 passes for 97 yards. He did throw a 29-yard TD pass to Kadron Boone that put LSU ahead for good just before halftime. Otherwise, he completed no pass longer than 17 yards and overthrew some open receivers down the field.

The Tigers have two weeks to fix that - and maybe work on some deep throws to try against the Tide.

``We're going to hit some of those deep shots eventually,'' Miles said.

Mettenberger said the Aggies stacked the line of scrimmage to stop LSU's running attack, something he hadn't seen other opponents try yet this season. That created opportunities for long passes, but Mettenberger said the swirling wind at Kyle Field affected his touch.

``It was really tough to throw those deep balls accurately today,'' he said. ``Before this game, we really hadn't taken many shots downfield. Next time, we have to capitalize on the deep balls.''

The Tigers weren't biting on questions about the Tide after Saturday's hard-fought win.

LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa last Nov. 5. The Crimson Tide then dominated the Tigers 21-0 in the BCS championship game.

``We can't look into that right now,'' running back Michael Ford said. ``We have to go and make corrections from this game.''

And there will be plenty of those, particularly from the first quarter and a half. The Aggies (5-2, 2-2) and their no-huddle offense kept the Tigers off balance early and dropped LSU into a 12-0 deficit, its biggest since last year's championship game.

As the first half wore on, LSU's defense started to figure out A&M and quarterback Johnny Manziel, who came into the game leading the SEC in total offense. Freshman Jalen Collins got the Tigers going when he intercepted Manziel's pass near midfield. Collins was making his first.

Ford finished the resulting drive with a 20-yard touchdown run, the 13th of his career.

Texas A&M's Ben Malena then fumbled at the Aggies' 42, and Boone made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone with 11 seconds left before the break. LSU also converted another Manziel interception into a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

``We've been in situations like that before,'' defensive end Sam Montgomery said about trailing early. ``We know how to fight our way out of those situations. The game is not over until the fourth quarter.''

LSU's offense would like to help the defense a bit more. The Tigers failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter for the third straight game, and they're averaging only 16 points in their four SEC games.

``Our job as an offensive group is we have to start clicking more, start scoring points earlier,'' Boone said.

A&M outgained LSU 410-316, and the Tigers went a paltry 2-for-16 on third down. As long as the Tigers keep winning, though, the defense doesn't mind carrying the load.

``They had more yards than us,'' junior defensive end Barkevious Mingo said of the Aggies. ``They passed for more and ran for more. But our offense did what they needed to.''

LSU plays its next three games at home before wrapping up the regular season at Arkansas. The Tigers have won 22 straight games in Death Valley, the nation's longest current streak and the longest in school history.

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

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Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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