Bolstered by a big crowd and a new-look big-play offense led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger, LSU opened the season with a 37-27 victory against TCU in front of 80,230 at AT&T Stadium in the Cowboys Classic.
LSU led 13-3 when fullback J.C. Copeland muscled his way up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run with 13:41 left in the second quarter.
But TCU's B.J. Catalon returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, setting an AT&T Stadium mark for a college football game, to tmake the score 13-10 with 13:26 remaining.
LSU led 16-10 at halftime when Colby Delahoussaye hit a 23-yard field goal on the last play of the first half. The field goal came after some confusion by the officials with five seconds remaining. Big Ten officials originally ruled that time had run off the clock because offensive lineman La'el Collins was penalized with a 10-second violation for playing with his helmet off, and the TCU players and coaches ran off the field for halftime. But LSU coach Les Miles successfully argued that the infraction came after LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw an incompletion.
So, the TCU coaches and players had to come out of the locker room and line up for the field goal with five seconds left, which Delahoussaye made.
Big Ten referee John O'Neil said about the last sequence of the first half: "When a helmet comes off and that's the only thing that stops a clock, that's an opportunity for a 10-second runoff under one-minute of either half. In this case, we had two things that stopped the clock, the helmet off and an imcomplete pass. As a result, that does not qualify for the 10-second runoff."
LSu increased its lead to 23-10 when Terrence Magee motored around left end for a 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The Tigers led 30-17 when Magee bounced up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It was his second touchdown run of the game.
Waymon James rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, two plays after a LSU fumble, to make the score 30-24 with 13:04 left in the game.
TCU cut LSU's lead to 30-27 when Jaden Oberkrom hit a 39-yard field goal with 7:35 remaining.
But Mettenberger threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Landry for a touchdown to make the score 37-27.