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
8:46 2nd Qtr Louisiana Tech 0 4 Oklahoma 24 3:30 2nd Qtr Samford 6 TCU 24 8:24 2nd Qtr Central Arkansas 16 Texas Tech 7 6:57 2nd Qtr Stephen F. Austin 6 20 Kansas State 21 12:55 1st Qtr 1 Florida State 0 Oklahoma State 0 8:37 1st Qtr North Texas 0 Texas 0 Final North Dakota State 34 Iowa State 14 Final West Virginia 23 2 Alabama 33