Derrius Guice ran for a school-record 285 yards with four touchdowns and Danny Etling threw for 324 yards and two scores to give short-handed Louisiana State a 54-39 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night.
The Tigers were playing without star running back Leonard Fournette and leading tackler Kendell Beckwith because of injuries. But Guice and Etling did plenty to allow LSU (7-4, 5-3 SEC) to handle Texas A&M, and gave the Tigers a 300-yard passer and a 200-yard rusher in the same game for the first time in school history.
It certainly wasn’t the first time Guice has had a big game this year, with Fournette struggling with an ankle injury for a big chunk of the season. His performance pushed his career-high rushing total to 1,249 and his four touchdowns were a career high. The game gave him one more yard than Fournette gained to set the school’s single-game rushing record last month.
While LSU wasn’t at full strength, the Aggies (8-4, 4-4) were the healthiest they’ve been in weeks, with defensive end Myles Garrett over an ankle injury and quarterback Trevor Knight back from a shoulder injury. Knight made an unexpected return after sitting out the last two games because of the injury. Coach Kevin Sumlin said days after Knight was injured that he would miss the remainder of the regular season but would return for the Aggies’ bowl game.