It looks like it’s going to take a big second half from Johnny Manziel if Texas A&M is going to come back and beat LSU in Death Valley.
The Tigers held Johnny Football to eight of 22 passing for 151 yards and a touchdown, plus 34 yards on eight carries through the first two quarters as LSU took a 21-10 lead over the Aggies.
LSU’s defense played a smart strategy, doing its best not to over-pursue Manziel when he was in the pocket. As a result, he was unable to break off some of the back-breaking scrambles we’ve been so used to seeing. The Tigers also stymied Manziel last season, when he threw three interceptions and failed to account for a touchdown. So maybe LSU has the formula for slowing him down.
However, an 11-point margin is never safe with the defending Heisman winner. While a loss will probably knock him from contention for this year’s trophy, a come-from-behind win might make him the late-breaking front runner.