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September 1, 2013

Frogs can’t bounce back against Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Terrence Magee ran for two touchdowns after halftime, Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards with a key late score and 12th-ranked LSU held on for a 37-27 victory over No. 20 TCU late Saturday night.

Odell Beckham’s 75-yard kickoff return set up a 20-yard TD pass from Mettenberger to Jarvis Landry with 6 minutes left.

All in all, despite a crucial fumble and a three-and-out in the fourth quarter that kept the game uncomfortably close, the Tigers’ first game with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron calling the plays provided a promising start to the season.

And that replenished defense after losing a team-record eight players to the NFL draft came up with some key plays.

B.J. Catalon returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 26-yard run for TCU, the two-time BCS buster now in its second Big 12 season.

TCU started in Tigers territory after a shanked 28-yard punt after the three-and-out. But the Horned Frogs’ drive was hampered when Trevone Boykin was sacked and fumbled. They recovered the ball, but had to settle for Jaden Oberkrom’s 39-yard field goal to get within 30-27 with 7 1/2 minutes left. Then came Beckham’s big kickoff return.

Before that, Alfred Blue’s fumble set TCU up at the 6. Waymon James’ 5-yard TD run made it 30-24 with 13 minutes left.

Magee ran 52 yards for a touchdown less than 2 minutes into the second half put LSU up 23-10, three plays after an interception by Jalen Mills — one of only three full-time returning defensive starters for the Tigers. Magee added a 2-yard score later in the third quarter.

The Tigers gained 448 total yards against a TCU team known for its defense. Even after moving from the Mountain West to the Big 12 last season, the Horned Frogs led their new league in total defense.

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