Instant Analysis: LSU 37, TCU 27
September, 1, 2013
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
LSU outlasted TCU 37-27 at AT&T Stadium Saturday in a clash of SEC and Big 12 contenders:
It was over when: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger found Jarvis Landry, who sliced through TCU’s defense for a 20-yard touchdown that put LSU ahead 37-27 with just over six minutes to play. Odell Beckham Jr. set up the scoring drive with a 75-yard kickoff return.
Game ball goes to: Beckham, who had a big night receiving, too, with five catches for 118 yards. He set up another one of LSU’s touchdown drives in the second quarter, hauling in catches of 26 and 44 yards on back-to-back plays to put the Tigers at the TCU 7-yard line.
Stat of the game: The Tigers were able to keep TCU’s defense on the field and wear it down late thanks to third-down proficiency. LSU converted 13 of its 19 third-down opportunities. As a result, the Tigers got off 80 snaps -- 26 more than TCU did.
What it means: LSU will head into SEC play with a marquee nonconference win on its résumé.
What it means for TCU: The Horned Frogs will have to figure out what they want to do at quarterback before delving into Big 12 play. Casey Pachall got the start, but Trevone Boykin got the Frogs back into the game in the second half.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State