Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. (click photos to enlarge) How They Happened (big-play analysis) Ran over:One second down-and-5, LSU running back Leonard Fournette ran for a 22-yard touchdown, bullying over Texas A&M safety Howard Matthews in the process.

  • Everyone knows what’s about to happen in the below screen shot - Fournette will hit Matthews so hard that he sends the senior onto his back. The run was ranked No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s top-10 plays, but how exactly was it set up? Credit some nifty play-calling, fullback John David Moore and LG Vadal Alexander and LT La’el Collins.FournetteTD
  • First, the play-calling. On first down the previous play, LSU ran a similar rushing play with Fournette. On that play, Fournette ran left to the tight end’s side and with the line blocking toward him - left. On second down, LSU’s tight end moved to the right side of the field and the linemen blocked right. Ah, but Fournette cutback left. This fooled A&M’s backside linebackers (black arrow), who chose to go the opposite way of Fournette.
  • Moore, a redshirt freshman, took out two men with his block (red circle). It’s a kickout block that’s key to the play. Collins and Alexander combined to crush one lineman (black circle).

Jet sweep, jet sweep, jet sweep:On second-and-6, Travin Dural gained 19 yards on the longest of his four carries on the jet sweep.

  • Cameron implemented a few wrinkles to LSU’s offense. None were bigger than the jet sweep, which LSU ran about a half-dozen times, four of them to Dural (for 49 yards). In this particular one - and in some of the others.
  • JetLSU took advantage of A&M’s focus: Fournette. Three A&M defenders at the second level follow the fake from QB Anthony Jennings to Fournette (red lines).
  • Another reason the jet sweep worked so well: A&M had nine of its 11 players on one half of the field. The Tigers had to block just two guys on the outside for Dural to gain 5-plus yards. WR John Diarse and TE Travis Dickson got those blocks.
  • Diarse, outside of this screen shot, took care of his man, but it’s Dickson (red circle) who really got the key block to spring Dural down the sideline. He took out two guys with his block. Dillon Gordon, on the end of the line, pushed his man down the field as well. “They didn’t know if we were handing it off on that jet sweep or if we were running the ball downhill,” Jennings said. “That kind of confusion on their part helped us.”

Jennings keeper:On second-and-10, Anthony Jennings ran for 36 yards to inside the Texas A&M 20-yard line on a drive that ended in a touchdown and a 14-7 LSU lead.

  • Jennings ran for 119 yards against A&M, and this was his longest of the carries - a read-option keeper that set up a score. This run in particular was made successful for some of the same reasons as the jet sweep to your left: A&M defenders on the second level were focused on the running back (this time Magee), and Dickson made a solid, springing block down field.JenningsKeeper
  • Dickson played the best game of his season - if not his career. He served as the key blocker on many of LSU’s outside runs (Jennings’ carries and jet sweeps). Here, Dickson cut up field, leaving A&M star DE Myles Garrett to Collins, who got the block.
  • Jennings made the right call to pull the ball from the belly of Magee. Why give off to Magee to run to the side of the field with six second-level defenders when the QB can keep it and run to the side with one second-level guy?

Scoring run: On third-and-3, A&M RB Trey Williams runs for a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter.A&MRunTD

  • The key in this play is what LB Kwon Alexander (red circle and black arrow) doesn't do. He doesn't stay at home in his spot, instead bouncing outside (red line) while Williams runs through the left side hole inside.
  • Three other LSU defenders - Danielle Hunter, Davon Godchaux and Kendell Beckwith (red circles) - are blocked out by A&M offensive linemen. The Aggies simply block this one well and create a small seam for Williams in the left guard-tackle gap.

The ole pick play: On third and 4 from the A&M 10-yard line, Jennings hits a wide open John Diarse for a touchdown.

  • Not really any explanation here. Travin Dural leads his defender into the defender covering Diarse. It leaves him wide open.

Behind 'Hawk': On second-and- 5 late in the fourth quarter, LSU RB Leonard Fournette runs for 46 yards behind Jerald "Hawk" Hawkins. FournetteRun

  • This is a game-changing run. It comes with five minutes left and sets up Colby Delhoussaye's field goal to make it 23-17.
  • LSU moves Hawkins from his position at right tackle to left tight end. And the Tigers run behind a guy who goes by the nickname "Hawk." He and LT La'el Collins (red circles) get key blocks and then Connor Neighbors leads through the hole to spring Fournette an extra 20 yards with his block.

Big Ugly Blips and Booms (O-line analysis)

  • LSU ran the ball for 384 yards so, naturally, these guys had a big day. Here's our counters for blips (poor blocks leading to an unsuccessful play) and booms (good blocks leading to a successful play) for the O-line:

Blips: 10 Booms: 24

  • The key battle on the line was LT La'el Collins against A&M's star DE, Myles Garrett. The Tigers ran right at Garrett, frustrating him at times. On passing downs, though, Garrett had success. Here are a couple of Vines of the Collins vs. Garrett matchup:
  • Another thing LSU did on at least three occasions: Move RTHawkinsTE Jerald Hawkins to the left side at tight end and run behind him. In those three times, LSU ran for 79 yards. That's a 26-yard average per carry. Terrence Magee gaines 26 yards on the run to the right behind Hawkins (red circle).

Monday Morning Quarterback (QB analysis)

  • Anthony Jennings said after the win over A&M that this was his best game. It was. He had just two misfires on passes (an overthrow of an open Connor Neighbors and a poor throw deep to Malachi Dupre).
  • Clearly, LSU OC Cam Cameron implemented some new things in his offense for this game. It included running Jennings, specially him keeping the ball on zone reads. The QB had 14 carries for 119 yards. Here's a breakdown of Jennings' run:

Zone Read Keepers: 9 for 112 yards Option Keepers: 2 for 14 yards

  • Jennings' interception can't solely be blamed on him, but it does appear that Travin Dural wasn't ready for the ball. Jennings threw a bit too early, but Dural didn't do a good enough job of gaining the inside edge on the route.
  • Do you like the triple option? LSU ran it several times against A&M. OK, it's not the Georgia Tech triple option you're used to. It's a different kind. On this one, Jennings rolls out for the FB pass and misses Neighbors. He could have done two other things, also. Check it out below:

TripleOption Backing It Up (RB/FB analysis)

  • Something obvious here: No. 2 FB Melvin Jones didn't play. That's the second straight game in which Jones did not play. It follow his dropped pass in the loss to Alabama in overtime three weeks ago, a crucial drop that put the Tigers in a hole.
  • FB Connor Neighbors caught two passes in plays that Jones would normally be in on. Neighbors also had eight - EIGHT - booms in the running game.

Five-yard Out (WR analysis)

  • The receivers made their biggest mark in the running game. John Diarse was a blocking force to the outside, finishing the game with about three booms. He's clearly taken over for Trey Quinn as LSU's third-down, slot-receiver who's main job is to run block. Quinn - like Jones - appears to have been penalized with playing time for key drops against Alabama.
  • Dural was targeted more than any other receiver at about five times. Next was Neighbors, who Jennings threw to three times. Jennigns was 1 for 2 in passes to Malachi Dupre.

Front Seven (D-line/LB analysis)

  • Solid performance on the line. In the place of Danielle Hunter - who left in 2Q with a neck injury - the Tigers got a good showing from Tashawn Bower. DE Jermauria Rasco had his usual 2-3 attacks, a key defensive play that leads to an unsuccessful offensive play.
  • MLB Kendell Beckwith may have had the best game of his career. He finished with two pressures (plays in which a defender pressures a QB) and three attacks. Beckwith continues to play with great instincts and quickness. Examples:

Break It Up (DB analysis)

  • That last Vine is a good segue to safety Jamal Adams. Like Beckwith, Adams showed great instincts, quickness and a solid ability to make the tackle in one-on-one situations. He was the star for the secondary in this one. Check out this key play late in the game:

Lagniappe Our only Lagniappe today is two shots of the alleged offsides by LSU DL Sione Teuhema on the Tigers' game-clinching interception. What do you think? OffSides Screen shots courtesy of ESPN.