ARLINGTON TX - JANUARY 07: Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: Tigers Win In A Romp, 41-24

The LSU Tigers rolled to an easy victory over the Texas A&M Aggies in the Cotton Bowl, 41-24. Terrence Tolliver caught three touchdown passes, a Cotton Bowl record.

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Cotton Bowl Final Score: LSU Tigers Breeze To Victory Over Texas A&M Aggies, 41-24

The Texas A&M Aggies shot out of the gate in the Cotton Bowl, but it was Les Miles and the LSU Tigers imposing their will down the stretch to cruise to a 41-24 victory in Dallas. The Aggies scored the first 10 points of the game and looked to have LSU on their heels early, but the Tigers responded. A flurry of touchdowns in the second quarter was all it took for the Tigers as they rolled down the stretch.

It was a record-setting performance for LSU wide receiver Terrence Tolliver. His three touchdown catches were the most in Cotton Bowl history, and came as a surprise to anyone that's watched LSU this year. Know for their running, and a passing game bordering on inept, the Tigers finished with three passing touchdowns in an aerial attack that proved to be quite efficient.

Of course, the rushing attack was still there, with the Tigers rushing for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Tolliver finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns on five catches to lead all receivers while Stevan Ridley carried the ball 24 times for 105 yards and a score. Spencer Ware added 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown on the ground, as well.

Texas A&M got an up-and-down performance from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The junior finished with 182 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but also threw three costly interceptions. Cyrus Gray hit the century-mark on the ground, rushing for exactly 100 yards on 20 carries. Uzoma Nwachukwu caught four passes for 38 yards and hauled-in both of the Aggies passing touchdowns.

LSU showed-off its youth in the Cotton Bowl, an encouraging sign for the future. All three interceptions were snagged by freshmen in the LSU defensive backfield, giving the world a glimpse of what's to come. With a talented squad returning, Les Miles could have another big year in the SEC in 2011 after an impressive Cotton Bowl win to cap the 2010 season.

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2011 Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: Aggies Score Late But Can't Stop The Scoreboard Bleeding

Lo and behold, Texas A&M is showing signs of life in the fourth quarter of the 2011 Cotton Bowl. They're faint, and they likely won't be enough to keep them from losing to LSU, but it's something, so dry those unseemly tears, Corps of Cadets! You've got something to be proud of! Sort of!

Following the Tigers' last touchdown, Ryan Tannehill & Co. set up at their own 20-yard line. A five-minute, 53-yard possession goes nowhere, but LSU is kept from answering by the fierce winds of fate inside the Jerrydome, which blow Josh Jasper's 44-yard field goal attempt off course. That has to be it. (Or it's the announcers invoking the name of Colt David immediately before the attempt.)

A 16-yard rush by Tannehill on second down, an 11-yard pass to Jeff Fuller on the following play, and a 15-yard penalty by LSU are the biggest contributors to what will be Texas A&M's long-awaited scoring drive. The possession lasts about four and a half minutes and culminates in a 4-yard scoring pass from Tannehill to Kenric McNeal cuts the Tigers' lead to 11.

 ... or does it? Four minutes later Jasper nails a 51-yarder, the longest such kick in Cotton Bowl history, to put a little more space between his team and the Aggies. With 6:17 remaining in the game, LSU leads Texas A&M, 38-24.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream throughout the game for more live score updates and commentary, and connect with Tigers and Aggies fans at SB Nation's And The Valley Shook and I Am The 12th Man.

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2011 Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: Tigers Widen The Gap To Open Third Quarter

It doesn't take long for the third quarter of the 2011 Cotton Bowl to get the scoreboard clicking. (Does the scoreboard in the Jerrydome even make noise? Probably not, right? If anything, perhaps a pleasant, industrial-yet-unobtrusive hum.) Patrick Peterson, who inexplicably continues to be kicked to by opponents of all stripes, takes the opening kickoff out 32 yards from just outside his own endzone, and the Tigers set up at the 33. What follows won't even take two and a half minutes.

Stevan Ridley runs up the middle for a paltry one-yard gain. Jordan Jefferson is sacked on second down, but makes up third-and-19 and more by running for a 32-yard gain on the next play. Richard Murphy pops in for a play and gains three yards, but it's Jefferson's arm that will do the dirty work, connecting once again with Terrence Toliver for a 41-yard touchdown. With 12:37 remaining in the third quarter, LSU leads Texas A&M, 35-17.

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2011 Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: One-Two TD Punch Gives Tigers Halftime Lead

The first half of the 2011 Cotton Bowl is winding down, and momentum seems to be swinging Tigers-ward ... which means, of course, that seasoned viewers will be chewing nails waiting for Les Miles to somehow fritter away his advantage, perhaps producing delicious actual fritters in the process.

Jordan Jefferson remains at the tiller, and the good ship Tiger Bait builds off a 33-yard kickoff return from Patrick Peterson with a two-minute drive that features a 26-yard run from Spencer Ware and ends with a 17-yard rushing touchdown by Stevan Ridley. LSU 21, Texas A&M 17.

The Aggies get a nice 28-yard kick return of their own off, but Ryan Tannehill is intercepted on the second ensuing play from scrimmage. Not to be outdone in ineptitude, the Tigers graciously go three-and-out. "No, I insist," says Tannehill, throwing another pick on the third play of the next series. "Well, if we must," say the Tigers, returning the interception 35 yards and scoring their fourth touchdown of the night on a two-yard lob from Jordan Jefferson to Terrence Toliver. At the end of the first half, LSU leads Texas A&M, 28-17.

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2011 Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: Trading Touchdowns In The Second

The first quarter of the 2011 Cotton Bowl draws to a close mid-possession for Texas A&M, and it couldn't come at a more opportune time, if you believe in that sort of thing: After a nice little 16-yard pass to Ryan Swope to convert the Aggies' first set of downs, Ryan Tannehill is sacked, fumbles, and is saved by a teammate flinging his body atop the ball. The teams swap endzones, Tannehill regroups ... and throws an incomplete pass on that will be third-and-21,  and then Randy Bullock goes and misses a 52-yard field goal. Yes, perhaps it's best not to believe in these things.

To our surprise (and to the utter dismay of the drama queens in the audience), Jarrett Lee does not emerge to quarterback the Tigers' next possession. Jordan Jefferson remains at the helm, and that's to the good: A four-minute drive captained by the rushing efforts of him and Stevan Ridley ends in a one-yard scramble for a touchdown, and the Tigers' first lead of the game.

Less than two minutes later, the lead is retaken, with hybrid Cyrus Gray throwing a scoring pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu, his second touchdown reception of the game, to retake the lead. With 8:00 remaining in the second quarter, Texas A&M leads LSU, 17-14.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream throughout the game for more live score updates and commentary, and connect with Tigers and Aggies fans at SB Nation's And The Valley Shook and I Am The 12th Man.

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2011 Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: Tigers Shoot Own Paws, Score Anyway

Jordan Jefferson takes the field at quarterback for the LSU Tigers in the 2011 Cotton Bowl, but his opening possession is reminiscent more of Jarrett Lee. A promising drive showcasing the feet of Jefferson and Stevan Ridley is cut short at Texas A&M's 24-yard line, where Jefferson sets, throws, and is intercepted just short of the goal line. The Aggies make short work of a long field but are held to a three-point attempt from 39 yards, and with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter hold a 10-0 lead.

LSU's offense takes the field to bail out ... LSU's offense. They're almost to midfield when Jefferson hits Chris Tolliver over the middle for a 42-yard touchdown. With 2:02 remaining in the first quarter, Texas A&M leads LSU, 10-7.

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2011 Cotton Bowl, LSU Vs. Texas A&M: Opening Kick Return Sets Up Early Aggies TD

We're underway, finally, in Arlington for the 2011 Cotton Bowl, after a delightful FOX interview with Pat Summerall and a tribute to Jim Brown that unforgivably slights his star turn in Mars Attacks! LSU wins the toss and defers; Texas A&M elects to receive, and just based on this first possession it seems a wise choice, because if the Tigers don't settle down in a hurry they could be in need of some serious help in the second half.

LSU's first problem is the opening kickoff, returned for 69 yards against John Chavis' vaunted defense to their own 31-yard line. The second problem is Ryan Tannehill, who's doing a yeoman's job of work in his late-season work filling in for Jerrod Johnson. Two mid-range passes by Tannehill, two short rushes by Cyrus Gray, and another Tannehill pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu lend the Aggies a touchdown lead. With 13:37 remaining in the first quarter, the score is Texas A&M 7, LSU 0.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream throughout the game for more live score updates and commentary, and connect with Tigers and Aggies fans at SB Nation's And The Valley Shook and I Am The 12th Man.

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