COLLEGE STATION, Texas — LSU had itself a kicker controversy.
The Tigers replaced Colby Delahoussaye mid-game Thursday at Texas A&M after his struggles continued. Walk-on Trent Domingue made his first career field-goal attempt — from 31 yards — in the second quarter.
Domingue added a 27-yarder in the third quarter before Delahoussaye came back to boot a key 43-yard field goal in the final minutes.
Delahoussaye, who’s on a recent slide, missed a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter and was yanked. His miss was his third straight, a stunning development for a previously reliable guy.
Delahoussaye, a walk-on last year who earned a scholarship this year, made 20 of his first 21 kicks in the first 21 games of his career. He had made just three of his previous four. Three of the misses were from inside the 30-yard line: 22, 27 and 28 yards.
Domingue, a sophomore from Mandeville, nailed his 31-yarder. He had made a 26-yard attempt before that kick. It was negated because of an LSU false start penalty on Josh Boutte.
LSU also made a temporary switch at kickoff specialist. Freshman Cameron Gamble replaced Domingue in that spot, but a planned sky kick went awry, and Domingue kicked off the next time.
Domingue, a punter and kicker at St. Paul’s, redshirted his freshman season in 2012 and did not play last season, serving behind Delahoussaye as LSU’s No. 2 place-kicker.
Domingue missed a 39-yard field goal with 9:22 left in the fourth quarter so LSU brought out Delahoussaye for a kick that just cleared the crossbar.
“We cannot not kick field goals. We went back to Colby. He’s hit some big kicks for us,” LSU coach Les Miles said.
Fournette: Wilson ‘not going anywhere’
LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson is a finalist for the head coaching job at Troy, two sources told The Advocate, but running back Leonard Fournette said Wilson “is not going anywhere.”
The Advocate reported Wednesday that Wilson was one of a handful of finalists for the job to replace Larry Blakeney at Troy and that he was “very interested” in the position.
Miles was asked about it after the game.
“It’s a compliment to our assistant coaches when they are mentioned for other jobs,” Miles said. “I can tell you he is a great coach and he will have a great career. I can also tell you that I do not know the status of that.”
A hire at Troy is expected to be made as early as next week.
At 6 p.m. Friday, the west side of Kyle Field, which includes the press box, will become a construction zone as the second phase of a $450 million renovation project begins.
The first phase, which included the removal of the lowest of three decks on the east side and installation of suites and a new south end zone, was finished just before the 2014 season opener.
A new visitors locker room and home and visitors interview areas were also part of the initial phase. A&M sports information director Alan Cannon said the west side of the stadium will be imploded at 6 a.m. Dec. 21 and construction crews will have only 8½ months to complete the project by the 2015 home opener Sept. 12 against Ball State.
The press box will be relocated to the top of the east-side stands, and more suites and club seats will shrink the stadium’s capacity from 106,000 this year to 102,512. That will still make it the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference — just ahead of Tennessee (102,455) and LSU (102,321).
Alabama (101,821) is the only other SEC stadium with a capacity of more than 100,000.
LSU on Thanksgiving
Thursday’s game marked the Tigers’ first on Thanksgiving since a 20-7 win at Tulane in 1983 and was just LSU’s third Thanksgiving game since World War II. Overall, LSU has played 26 times on Thanksgiving. The Tigers improved to 11-10-5 on Thanksgiving with Thursday’s win.
Texas A&M’s tradition is to play on Thanksgiving, formerly playing on the holiday against Texas. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said the Tigers’ home games against the Aggies could be on a Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, but not on Thanksgiving itself.
Collins dedicates game
LSU left tackle La’el Collins dedicated the Texas A&M game to the memory of former Catholic High football and lacrosse player Kirklin Roberts.
Roberts, who graduated in May, died Sunday of complications from cancer. Collins planned to wear a wristband with the words “Team Kirklin” on it during Thursday’s game.
Senior Evan Washington started at right guard, as expected. He replaced Ethan Pocic, who started at center for Elliott Porter. Porter missed the game with an ankle injury. His status is uncertain for the bowl game. … A&M played without starting defensive tackle Ivan Robinson. … Former U.S President George H.W. Bush attended the game.