1. What we learned
After three weeks of disheartening losses, LSU found enough heart to win a big game over rival Texas A&M. Not a game with championship implications, but one with major implications for Miles’ future as LSU’s coach, who confirmed he is staying after the game. The Tigers’ defensive effort was brilliant, lifting a sluggish offense to the 19-7 victory over the dangerous Aggies. It was a win the old-fashioned way for LSU, like Miles has won so many of his games here.
2. Trending now
Les Miles. Miles was the overwhelming story, from television shows Saturday morning until Tiger Stadium’s clocks spun down to zero and in a procession toward the locker room and in a postgame news conference when he announced he would be staying. Fans cheered Miles, made signs (one hung from a suite on the east side urging LSU to fire athletic director Joe Alleva but didn’t last the first half) and painted their chests in The Hat’s honor, greeting him with a standing ovation during pregame.
3. Final thoughts
A late groundswell of support for Miles made it much more questionable whether LSU would fire its longtime coach than it seemed just a couple of days earlier. But some of the same issues that have dogged Miles’ program during most of his tenure — a grounded offense that often struggles to move the ball through the air — were in evidence against the Aggies. But as has been the case throughout his tenure, the Mad Hatter came through.