Southeast Louisiana (1-0) at (24) TCU (0-1)
Saturday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Football Editor
GAME NOTES: The 24th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs will try to avoid the tornado of
FCS upsets as they host the Southeast Louisiana Lions at Amon G. Carter
In week one, two Big 12 schools fell to FCS opponents and West Virginia nearly
became the third. The conference went into the season with a 103-3 record
against non-FBS teams. Oregon State, which was ranked in the top 25, was also
upset by FCS foe Eastern Washington.
SE Louisiana began its season with a 45-7 rout of Southeast Missouri State. In
coach Ron Roberts's first year with the team in 2012, SE Louisiana finished
with a 5-6 record. It suffered lopsided losses to its two FBS opponents,
Missouri (62-10) and UAB (52-3) during that campaign. The Lions have not been
1-0 since 2009.
TCU remained in the Top 25 despite losing, 37-27, to LSU in Arlington, Texas
in its opener. Coach Gary Patterson's team was picked to finish third in the
preseason Big 12 poll. The Horned Frogs have a strong chance of bouncing back
at home, where they are 69-11 over their past 80 games. Patterson is hoping
his team doesn't take the visitors too lightly.
"Southeastern Louisiana is a good football team," said TCU's head coach. "They
have a couple guys who are nominated as Players to Watch for the Senior Bowl.
They've also had a couple guys drafted. They are always going to have good
players. They played on a Thursday, so they've had some extra days to get
ready for us. As a head coach when you've played a really big ball game
perception wise, you always worry about the emotions of your football team.
Week two is the week you want to get better."
This is the sixth straight season TCU is facing an FCS opponent, but this is
the first-ever meeting in history between these schools.
The Lions posted an impressive 309 yards rushing on the way to its week one
victory over Southeast Missouri. Junior quarterback Bryan Bennett rushed for
106 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way. He became the first Lion
quarterback to top the 100-yard mark since 1977.
Bennett also went 9-of-15 for 169 yards as a passer. Tight end Jeremy Meyers
is a key component of the aerial attack.
SE Louisiana had a trio of effective tailbacks contribute as Kody Sutton (10
carries, 87 yards), Xavier Roberson (11 carries, 54 yards) and Rasheed Harrell
(10 carries, 49 yards) shared the carries.
The Lions were just as impressive defensively. They were able to hold the
visiting Redhawks to 294 total yards. Harlan Miller had an interception, while
James Scales III, Isiah Corbett, Jacob Newman and Javari Nichols were all
credited with sacks. Drew Misita led the team with seven tackles.
SE Louisiana will have its hands full this week as it tries to slow down TCU's
much more capable offense. Casey Pachall had a tough time gaining ground
against LSU's defense, as he completed 9-of-16 attempts for only 75 yards and
an interception. He is the school's all-time leader in completion percentage
and ranks first in the nation in career passing efficiency (163.1) among
active players with 15 games of experience.
After starting nine games at quarterback last season, Trevone Boykin made his
first start at wide receiver, but failed to make any catches. Pachall also saw
action at wideout as Boykin went 6-of-12 passing for 70 yards.
"They were making our quarterback move his feet," said Patterson. "We had to
get an extra running back in the back field. It was simple. So we tried to go
change of pace, and I thought it worked. We got a couple touchdowns. Tre
(Boykin) needed to set his feet on a couple balls. But like I told you, there
are going to be games where we're going to play one, they're going to play the
Boykin made a costly fumble when he was sacked in the fourth quarter in LSU's
territory. Brandon Carter was the leading receiver for the Horned Frogs with
team-highs of four catches and 44 yards.
B.J. Catalon returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 26-
yard run for the Horned Frogs. Catalon also led the team on the ground with 52
yards on eight attempts. He was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the
Week for his performance as he racked up 233 all-purpose yards.
Defensively, TCU had no answer for LSU's rushing tandem of Terrence Magee and
Alfred Blue. They helped the Tigers rack up 197 yards on the ground with an
average of 4.1 yards per carry. Elisha Olabode and Chris Hackett both had 10
total tackles to tie for the team lead. LSU was able to convert 13 of its 19
third down plays into a first down.
TCU's defense is better than most and it has plenty of experience playing
against running quarterbacks. The Horned Frogs should have no problem picking
up their first win of the season. The Lions are coming in with an abundance of
confidence, but TCU is coming out with something to prove.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: TCU 42, Southeast Louisiana 17
09/04 10:38:45 ET
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