New faces, similar result for LSU defense
Baton Rouge, LA (FOX44) — Anyone worried about the new players on the LSU defense can rest easier after their victory over TCU.
The Tigers beat the Horned Frogs 37-27 in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, on the strength of their defense.
Any questions about that unit were based on their lack of experience. Seven players from the 2012 defense were selected in the NFL draft (not including Tyrann Mathieu, who was kicked off the team before the season started).
But Les Miles said in his post-game comments that his new unit reminded him of a typical LSU defense.
TCU managed only two sustained drives all game, and only one of those resulted in a touchdown. They managed only 259 yards of offense on just 54 plays.
"I'm not satisfied," said defensive end Jordan Allen. "I want this team to be the best; I want to be the best that I can be for this team. And for this defense to come out and, we made a stand early as we could, and I think we played as hard as we could play the entire game."
Allen was one of many Tigers to make their first career start in that game. LSU forced two turnovers, and limited two TCU quarterbacks to 54 percent passing.
They did, however, allow the Horned Frogs to convert 7-13 attempts on third down. One of those came on a costly roughing the passer penalty, which led to a touchdown.