Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Terrence Magee stretches for yardage over Texas A&M linebacker Shaan Washington during the first half Thursday in College Station, Texas.

1. What we learned

LSU is young, prone to mistakes, but resilient. After their last two gut-wrenching defeats — in overtime to Alabama and shut out at Arkansas — the Tigers came back and pulled out a 23-17 victory against their long-time Gulf Coast rival. LSU missed two key field goals and Anthony Jennings threw an early interception that set up the Aggies’ first touchdown. But after that the Tigers put just enough faith in their rushing game to get the win. LSU’s 384 yards was a season high gained for the Tigers and a season high allowed by the Aggies.

2. Trending now

Anthony Jennings. LSU’s sophomore quarterback has made plenty of mistakes this season and has come under withering criticism, but somehow the kid stays in the picture. Jennings represents the fight in this team despite having been benched in week five against New Mexico State and through most of the next game against Auburn, and turning in an ineffective effort at Arkansas last time out. Brandon Harris may still be LSU’s quarterback of the future, but Jennings is the man here and now and will start the Tigers’ bowl game.

3. Final thoughts

If you were honest in the summer, LSU going 8-4 this season after losing another fleet of players to the NFL draft was realistic. The Tigers started on a high note against Big Ten contender Wisconsin in Houston and finished with another one up the road in College Station. Even the great wins, like the one over then No. 3-ranked Ole Miss, were far from perfect, and the Tigers at times tried hard to blow this one. But they set themselves up for some positive season-ending momentum.