Most Confusing End To A Half
It took them a while to sort it out before the bands could perform at halftime. First, coming out of a timeout and facing third-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 15 seconds left, LSU was flagged for delay of game penalty. Then a false start backed the Tigers up the 11. Then it got interesting. On the next play, an incompletion with 5 seconds left, LSU tackle La’el Collins’ helmet came off with 5 seconds remaining. Officials first said the stray helmet included a 10-second clock runoff, which would have ended the half and left the Tigers empty for their trip. Officials corrected themselves because the clock was stopped anyway due to the incompletion, meaning there would be no runoff. But the TCU team had already dashed to its locker room, so it took several minutes and an unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Frogs before they got everybody lined for Colby Delahoussaye’s 23-yard field goal.
LSU outgained TCU 256-109 in the first half, but led 16-10 after settling for field goals after three impressive drives and giving up a 100-yard KO return for a TD.
Worst Special Teams
After taking a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter, LSU gave up a 100-yard kickoff return to B.J. Catalon. On the ensuing kickoff, Seth Fruge’s block in the back negated Odell Beckham’s 33-yard KO return and backed the Tigers up to their 5-yard line. The KO TD was the first allowed by the Tigers since the 2010 season against Florida.
Best Takeover Over Of Big D
Even though TCU is just down the road in Fort Worth, LSU appeared to have a clear majority of the fans. It was never more evident than when the bands played their pregame routines. LSU’s band got the usual roaring ovation, while the Horned Frogs band was actually booed.
Best Sneaking Debut
Freshman QB Anthony Jennings made his college debut with LSU facing third-and-inches from the TCU 6 late in the third quarter. He ran a QB sneak for 2 yards and returned to the bench.
Odell Beckam had several nice catches but he dropped a perfectly thrown bomb from Mettenberger inside the TCU 15-yard line.
TCU didn’t run a play from scrimmage until the 8:29 mark of the first quarter. After LSU’s first score the Frogs fumbled on the enusing kickoff and James Wright recovered.
Worst Red Zone
Despite the quick start, LSU led only 6-0 after having to settle for FGs at the end of an impressive opening drive and the fumble recovery at the TCU 12.
Best Culinary Option
One of the popular T-shirts with LSU fans sported the slogan, “Cajun Fried Frog Legs.”