LSU beats Texas A&M in season finalé, 54-39
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- LSU overcame the loss of four starters to finish the 2016 season on a high note with a 54-33 victory against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Night.
Running back Derrius Guice broke the LSU single-game rushing record with 285 yards and scored four touchdowns and quarterback Danny Etling passed for 324 yards and two scores as the Tigers (7-4, 5-3 in SEC) beat the Aggies (8-4, 4-4) for the sixth consecutive time.
Guice had two touchdown runs of 45 yards, 6 and 1 yard and broke teammate Leonard Fournette's record of 284 set four games ago against Ole Miss on Oct. 22. Etling threw scoring passes of 20 yards to Malachi Dupre and 9 yards to Russell Gage. The Tigers also scored on a 7-yard run by wide receiver D.J. Chark.
LSU played without running back Leonard Fournette, wide receiver Travin Dural and linebacker Kendell Beckwith. Outside linebacker Arden was suspended for violation of team rules and did not dress out.
It was a season high in points for LSU and the most in an SEC game since 2013 when the Tigers put 59 on Mississippi State.
WHAT WE LEARNED: The coaching search intrigue continued during Thanksgiving and heated up during the game with reports LSU was nearing a deal with Houston coach Tom Herman. LSU played well for the second consecutive road game coming out of a painful loss to Florida and finished 5-2 under interim coach Ed Orgeron, who did a credible job. He improved his record to 11-4 as an interim coach and 21-29 overall.