LSU 63, New Mexico State 7: Three and out (Brandon Harris edition) _lowres

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Mike the Tiger entertains fans outside Tiger Stadium before the New Mexico State game Saturday.

1. What we learned

The LSU quarterback debate may have reached a watershed moment. With Anthony Jennings committing turnovers at an alarming rate and an increasingly agitated (if sparsely populated) Tiger Stadium registering its displeasure, LSU finally inserted Brandon Harris at quarterback with 9:28 left in the second quarter. The rest may be Jennings’ history as a starting quarterback. Seven drives, seven touchdowns for LSU with Harris at the helm as the Tigers finally put away opportunistic-but-totally-outclassed New Mexico State.

2. Trending now

Brandon Harris. Yes, Leonard Fournette finally had his first 100-yard rushing game as a Tiger (18 carries for 122 yards, two TDs), but all was overshadowed by the light that shone around LSU’s freshman quarterback. Since he came in at the end of the Mississippi State game, he’s led LSU to touchdowns on nine of 10 possessions. He looked poised and decisive in the pocket or on the run. The only thing that may have held him back is a lack of grasp on the playbook, though that negative has to be diminishing week by week.

3. Final thoughts

Les Miles has a decision to make going into the Auburn game next week. He can stick with Jennings for his experience, or he can roll what looks like fairly loaded dice and go with Harris. The Mad Hatter only likes to gamble when he has no choice or the odds are really with him, but his hand may have been forced by Jennings’ struggles and Harris’ smoothness. Yes, it was the New Mexico State Aggies and not the Texas A&M Aggies, but this may have been the start of something too big to be ignored.