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3 Up, 3 Down: LSU 24, Texas A&M 19

What we liked, and didn’t like, in LSU’s 24-19 win over Texas A&M Saturday.

THREE UP

1. LSU Mustangs? LSU calls its dime package -- a three-lineman, two-linebacker, six-DB look -- its “Mustang” package. Despite using three freshmen in this group, it was LSU’s best defensive lineup against Texas A&M.

2. Downhill running: For a second consecutive week, LSU freshman Jeremy Hill had a long fourth-quarter touchdown run for the game winner and also finished with more than 100 yards rushing.

3. Resilient Tigers: One characteristic of the Les Miles-coached Tigers that might be under-appreciated is their resiliency. Dominated for much of the game, the Tigers, as they are apt to do, found a way to rally back.

THREE DOWN

1. Not so special: For a second consecutive week, LSU gave up a long return, a 76-yard kickoff return by Texas A&M’s Trey Williams. The Tigers were outstanding at coverage last year. This year, not so much.

2. No separation: If LSU is to break out of its passing slump, Tigers receivers are going to have to start getting open. A week after Texas A&M gave up 450 yards passing to Louisiana Tech, the Tigers managed 97 yards as receivers were closely covered all day.

3. Penalty bug: Some of it is that LSU doesn’t catch breaks, but LSU has had way too many penalties this season and had 102 penalty yards against A&M.