by Travis Normand
February 1, 2020
The Texas Aggies defeated the LSU Tigers today, February 1, 2020 (Saturday), in College Station, Texas. This conference XVs game was played at Penberthy Rec. Fields on the “West Campus” of Texas A&M University.
The following is a scoring summary with a few highlights and notes from the game.
- Try: 34:57 A&M #2 (hooker) Tommy Batterson: A&M 5-0 (Batterson scores his second Try in as many weeks as he was the only Aggie to score a Try against BYU last Friday);
- CV: A&M #9: Conversion Kick – No Good: A&M 5-0;
- Fumble: 31:00 A&M with a great run but loses the ball at the Try line and are unable to score (A&M commits a knock-on and LSU gets ball at 5 meter line);
- Try: 23:58 A&M #14: 10-0 (see note below)*;
- CV: A&M #9: Conversion Kick – No Good: A&M 10-0;
- Try: 10:47 A&M #15 takes the ball 60+ meters for a Try and put a nice move on the LSU wing in order to get around him for the score: A&M 15-0;
- CV: A&M #9: Conversion Kick – Good: A&M 17-0;
- Try: 4:35 A&M #13: 22-0;
- CV: A&M #9: Conversion Kick – No Good: A&M 22-0;
- HALF-TIME: A&M 22-0
* The A&M Try that was scored around the 23:58 mark of the first half might have been the most exciting moment of the game. LSU had committed a penalty and A&M was kicking the ball into touch from midfield. The ball should have gone into touch at around the 22 meter line but LSU’s #14 reached out over the sideline in an attempt to prevent the ball from going into touch. LSU’s #14 caught the ball but his momentum was carrying forward. Therefore, before LSU’s #14 went over the touch line, he turned and pitched the ball back in an attempt to keep it in play. However, A&M’s #14 had raced down the side line and was there to intercept the pass. After the interception, there were no LSU defenders in front of him and it was clear sailing to the Try zone for another score, making it 10-0 in favor of A&M.
- TRY: 38:47 LSU #14 takes the ball almost 60 meters for a score: A&M 22-5;
- CV: LSU #10 Conversion Kick – Good: A&M 22-7;
- Fumble: 31:00 A&M #11 has a great run but loses the ball at, or near, the Try zone as he was trying to touch it down (notice that a similar thing happened around the same time in the first half);
- Try: 28:15 A&M #___ : A&M 27-7 (I was unable to see who scored the Try);
- CV: A&M #12: Conversion Kick – Good: A&M 29-7;
- PK (Attempt – Missed): 21:00 LSU attempts a 40 meter penalty kick from near the 10 meter line (close to midfield) but it is No Good: A&M 29-7;
- Try: 20:00 A&M’s Preston Patterson takes the ball 50 meters and offloads to A&M #7 William Green for a Try: A&M 34-7;
- CV: A&M #___: Conversion Kick – No Good: A&M 34-7 (I was unable to see who attempted the kick, but I believe it was #12);
- Try: 2:13 A&M #14 Hayden Martin: A&M 39-7;
- CV: A&M #12: Conversion Kick – Good: A&M 41-7;
- Try: 0:02 A&M #6 Kade Ball takes the ball 50 meters and scores as time is about to expire, touching the ball down with only a few seconds left on the clock: A&M 46-7;
- CV: A&M #12: Conversion Kick – Good: A&M 48-7;
- FINAL TIME: A&M 48-7
Final Time: Texas A&M wins, 48-7.
Before today, the Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners were tied at the top of the conference standings as both teams were 3-0 in the conference and both had 15 points. However, after todays win against LSU, the Aggies move to 4-0 in Red River Rugby Conference play and 20 overall points (the Aggies earned 5 points against LSU: 4 for the win, and 1 bonus point for scoring four Trys).
A&M has two more Red River Conference games to go. The next is against Texas Tech on February 8, and then t.u. on February 22. The game against Texas Tech is in Austin at Burr Field, while the game against t.u. will be in Houston at Aveva Stadium.
The Sooners played No. 3 ranked Lindenwood today in Norman and they therefore still have three more Red River Conference games to play. As for the final score against Lindenwood; the Sooners lost 71-0.
As always, if you notice anything that is incorrect, please let me know!