The No. 12 Louisiana State Tigers defeated the No. 20 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The game started off as a defensive struggle. LSU scored a field goal on its first drive, and TCU fumbled the ensuing kickoff but was able to hold LSU to another field goal. TCU struggled to score throughout the first quarter but managed to kick a field goal.
LSU opened the second quarter with a touchdown, but TCU countered with a 100-yard kickoff return by sophomore running back B.J. Catalon. LSU added another field goal towards the end of the second quarter to go up 16-10 at the half.
TCU Coach Gary Patterson would not reveal the starting quarterback prior to the start of the game, but most thought senior Casey Pachall would start over sophomore Trevone Boykin. Pachall did start the game but was replaced by Boykin after he threw an interception that set up a 52-yard touchdown by LSU junior running back Terrence Magee.
Boykin’s first drive concluded with a 26-yard touchdown by Catalon, but LSU’s offense was not fazed, and LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger drove down the field for a touchdown that was capped off by a three-yard run by Magee.
TCU managed to cut LSU’s lead to three points after a recovered fumble led to a touchdown, and TCU’s next drive ended in a field goal. However, Mettenberger connected with junior wide receiver Jarvis Landry for a 20-yard touchdown to go up 37-27, and the LSU defense was able to keep TCU from scoring for the rest of the game.
Mettenberger completed 16 out of 32 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown. The team combined for 197 rushing yards. Magee had 13 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns while senior running back Alvin Blue added 19 carries for 89 yards.
Pachall completed nine out of 16 passes for TCU for 75 yards and an interception. Boykin was six for 12 for 70 yards. The team rushed for 114 yards with Catalon carrying the weight with 52 yards on eight carries.
LSU’s next game will be against the UAB Blazers on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. (ET) while TCU will play the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. (ET).
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