The LSU Tigers opened their season with a 37-27 win over the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2013 Cowboys Classic. Check out the final grades and analysis below.
Game analysis for the LSU Tigers
Pass Offense: Zach Mettenberger played a flawless game leading LSU to the Victory. New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called plenty of play-action plays to keep TCU's defense on it's toes freeing up Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry downfield. Mettenberger's stats aren't flashy, but his confidence in the pocket allowed his receivers to get open.
Run Offense: As the game went on, LSU imposed their will on TCU through their running game. The Tigers pounded the rock continuously wearing down the Horned Frogs front line. A combination of running backs, led by Terrence Magee, allowed LSU to control the tempo and the ball.
Pass Defense: LSU's pass defense wasn't as strong in the second half. Trevone Boykin played quarterback for TCU most of the second half and his dual-threat ability gave LSU headaches. The Tigers continually jammed TCU's receivers at the line and held the Horned Frogs to only 145 yards passing.
Run Defense: Other than a few big plays, LSU's run defense was stout. They filled their gaps and generally played smart football. Treyvone Boykin's ability to run the read option allowed TCU to move the ball but LSU's combination of size and speed was too much for TCU to handle.
Special Teams: It seemed like everything the Tigers did well on special teams they did something equally bad. They forced a fumble and Odell Beckham's 75-yard return in the fourth helped secure LSU's win. The Tigers also allowed TCU to return a kickoff for a touchdown and Jamie Keehn whiffed on a punt giving TCU good field position late in the game.
Coaching: Les Miles and the LSU Tigers created a good game plan to methodically move the ball offensively and shut down TCU defensively. The Tigers did have some trouble adjusting, however, when Treyvone Boykin came into the game. Boykin brought TCU back into the game late and it took some time until LSU made adjustments to shut him down.
First-half analysis for the LSU Tigers
Pass Offense: Zach Mettenberger has been very efficient and effective. He's only connected with three receivers but that's all he needed. Jarvis Landry has been his favorite target and LSU has done well calling plays to get him the ball.
Run Offense: LSU has stayed true to its power, SEC running game. Alfred Blue leads the team with 52 yards as the Tigers have consistently lined up and ran between the tackles. Expect LSU to do more of the same in the second half to wear down the TCU defensive front.
Pass Defense: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has been out of rhythm all night. LSU has done a good job pressuring him and playing tight defense in the secondary. TCU is only averaging 4.6 yards per pass and has played right into LSU's defensive plan.
Run Defense: TCU only has 45 yards rushing, but only ran the ball nine times. Waymon James has gashed LSU for a couple of big runs, but as a whole LSU's team defense has been stout and technically sound.
Special Teams: The Tigers special teams looked great early as they forced a fumble on TCU's first kickoff return. That's where the praise ends, though. Their coverage looked weaker as the half went on as TCU took a kickoff 100 yards to the house.
Coaching: LSU came into Texas with a solid game plan and executed it well for most of the first half. The end of the half was a disaster for the Tigers, though, as they squandered an excellent red-zone possession.
All stats and info, unless otherwise indicated, come from ESPN.com.
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