No. 12 Tigers hold off TCU in opener

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Terrence Magee

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The 12th-ranked LSU football team (1-0) rolled for 448 yards of total offense and overcame a few of its own mistakes to beat No. 20 TCU, 37-27, and remain perfect in three trips to Arlington.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger finished 16-of-32 passing for 251 yards with a game-icing touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry with 6:09 remaining in the season-opening Cowboys Classic. Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. both had more than 100 yards receiving, a feat LSU hadn't seen since the 2001 season.

The Tigers were also productive on the ground, as junior running back Terrence Magee led the Tigers with a career performance highlighted by a 52-yard touchdown run that put LSU ahead 23-10 early in the third quarter. He added a 3-yard touchdown later in the quarter and finished with 95 yards rushing on 13 carries. Senior Alfred Blue carried 19 times for 89 net yards. Jeremy Hill made the trip but was held out of the game.

The Tigers won their 42nd-straight non-conference game in the regular season, 32 of which have come under head coach Les Miles.

Though TCU gave the Tigers a battle, three key plays led to 21 of the Horned Frogs' 27 points. With LSU leading 13-3, TCU used a 100-yard kickoff return to get within three in the second quarter. In the third quarter, a roughing the passer penalty allowed TCU to stay on the field and complete a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard touchdown run. Then, leading 30-17 early in the third quarter, Blue fumbled at the LSU 6 and TCU scored two plays later to get within a touchdown.

LSU weathered its mistakes with big plays through the air and won its 11th-straight season-opener.

TCU (0-1) started quarterback Casey Pachall but switched to Trevone Boykin after Pachall's interception on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Boykin finished 6-of-12 passing for 70 yards and ran 10 times for 13 net yards. Pachall was 9-of-16 for 75 yards.

On the ground, B.J. Catalon led the way with 52 yards on eight carries, while James Waymon had 33 yards on six carries. Each scored a touchdown on the ground.

LSU outgained TCU, 448-259. The Tigers ran 80 plays to TCU's 54.

The Tigers were 13 of 19 on third down and held the ball for 36:01.