BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles loves calling Death Valley the place opponents' dreams go to die. The same might someday be said of Johnny Manziel's bid for a second Heisman Trophy.
Terrence Magee had a career-high 149 yards rushing, LSU's defense pulled the plug on "Johnny Football" and Texas A&M's video-game offense, and the No. 18 Tigers energized Tiger Stadium with a commanding 34-10 victory over the No. 9 Aggies on Saturday.
"We just got punched in the mouth (Saturday night), and it wasn't fun," Manziel said. "It wasn't fun to get beat like that. We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys; we just have to see how they bounce back."
What was likely Manziel's only visit to Tiger Stadium (he could turn pro next year) was among his worst outings. He passed for 224 yards and a touchdown but completed only 16 of 41 and was sacked twice and intercepted twice as the Aggies' road winning streak ended at 10.
Two weeks ago, LSU's young defense appeared ground down in the second half of a 38-17 loss at Alabama, raising the question of how vulnerable it might be against Texas A&M, whose SEC-leading offense came in averaging 578 yards and 49.2 points.
Instead, the Tigers became the first team to shut out Manziel in a first quarter since September 2012 and ended A&M's 13-game streak of scoring 40 or more. The Aggies' points and yards were their fewest since coach Kevin Sumlin arrived last season, when Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner, became the starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman.
Miles, given the game ball by his players, counted himself among the least surprised by way the Tigers made Manziel's visit a miserable one.
"They look forward to playing a quality opponent with marquee written all over it," Miles said. "Competition: It's a long word and there's a lot to it. … This is a team that knows how to play in big games and will fight you.
"The defense rushed and maintained leverage, and we put speed on the field and covered. That's the kind of LSU defense that we're used to."