Top Five Takeaways From LSU’s Win Over TCU
1. Jeremy Who?
Les Miles kept quiet about running back Jeremy Hill’s playing status all week long. The sophomore dressed out for the game, but did not play due to a suspension handed down by Miles for bad behavior over the summer. No worries, Terrence Magee and Alfred Blue each had productive performances against TCU’s stout defense. Magee may have been the surprise of the game with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns to go along with a 7.3 yards per carry.
2. Cam Cameron’s Influence
Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger looked comfortable and confident from the opening series until the final whistle. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 251 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Most of his incompletions were overthrown passes to protect the ball or passes out of bounds to avoid a sack. The Tigers racked up 26 first downs, 448 total yards of offense, and were 13 of 19 on third down conversions.
3. Dynamic Duo
Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. caught 13 of Mettenberger’s 16 completions. The two were expected to lead the receiving corps and they didn’t disappoint. Each had well more than 100 yards receiving and came up with big catches on third down throughout the contest. Landry hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass with just more than six minutes remaining in the game to help seal the victory for LSU.
4. Young Defense Steps Up
TCU scored 27 points, but one touchdown came on special teams from a 100-yard kickoff return and another came after LSU’s offense fumbled the ball on their own 5-yard line. The Tigers' young defense played like an experienced unit while holding TCU’s Casey Pachall to just 75 yards on 9 of 16 passing with no touchdowns and one interception. The experienced senior never seemed to get comfortable thanks to an aggressive pass rush and excellent coverage by the Tigers’ secondary. The Horned Frogs could only muster 259 yards of total offense kept the ball for just under 24 minutes. Not bad for a defense breaking in eight new starters.
5. Special Teams Contributors
While LSU needs to work on its kick return coverage, the rest of its special teams played well despite some new faces. Placekicker Colby Delahoussaye made all three of his field goal attempts and made all four of LSU’s extra points. Punter Jamie Keehn averaged nearly 40 yards on his three punts and placed one inside of the 20. To go along with his receiving effort, Beckham Jr. also had a big game returning kicks. He had 136 yards on four returns, including a 75-yarder.