Halftime report: Offense, offense, offense

In a game that many had thought would be a defensive battle, it was anything but in the first half as LSU and Texas A&M combined for 511 yards of offense before heading to the locker rooms with the Tigers leading, 28-17.

The Tigers increased their lead with 1:27 remaining in the half on Jordan Jefferson's 2-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Toliver.

The teams were pretty evenly matched on the offensive side of the ball. Texas A&M actually outgained LSU, 258-253, and ran four less plays.

The 45 points in the first half tied a Cotton Bowl record (Ole Miss-Texas Tech, 2009; Boston College-Houston, 1985).

Texas A&M Cyrus Gray, a DeSoto product led all rushers with 68 yards on 10 carries. Another local product, McKinney Boyd's Jeff Fuller, led the Aggies with 52 yards receiving on four catches.

But where A&M held a decisive edge was on special teams, with kick returner Judie Coryell already setting a Cotton Bowl record with 172 yards on five returns.

That being said, LSU still has the edge on the scoreboard. We'll see if the defenses can live up to the pregame billing in the second half.