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08/30/2013

TCU's plan to beat LSU will look a lot like 2005

UnknownFORT WORTH, Texas - Gary Patterson said he has not/will not prepare for No. 12 LSU any different than he has for any other "big" pre-conference game than he has in the past. 

This includes ...
2001: at No. 4 Nebraska, L 21-7
2004: at Texas Tech, L 70-35
2005: at No. 5 Oklahoma, W 17-10
2006: v. No. 24 Texas Tech, W 12-3
2007: at No. 7 Texas, L 34-13
2008: at No. 2 Oklahoma, L 35-10
2009: at Clemson, W 14-10
2010: v. No. 22 Oregon State, W 30-21
2011: at Baylor, L 50-48

Of these games, the one that looks the most similar for No. 20 TCU's game on Saturday against No. 12 LSU is the 2005 game at Oklahoma.

This TCU team is much bigger, better and more athletic than that group that upset the Sooners in Norman, but there should be one big similarity between these two games: Do not be surprised if TCU dares LSU and its quarterback, Zach Mettenberger to beat them.

512xAgainst the Sooners, TCU stacked the line of scrimmage in an effort to stop running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson was held to 63 yards on 22 carries, and the Sooners rushed 36 times for 97 yards.

If OU quarterback Paul Thompson had been able to complete anything, the outcome likely would have been different. Instead, he was 11 of 26 for 109 yards and one interception. Backup Rhett Bomar was 2 of 5 for 19 yards.

Teams have tried forever to beat LSU using this method, and it's a reason why so many of the Tigers' games are close. The Frogs have the secondary to execute this plan.

Mettenberger, who is a senior, has started 13 games in his career. He's completed 58.8 percent of his passes with 12 TDs and 7 Ints. He's better than Paul Thompson. The game will change if Zach forces TCU's defense to respect the accuracy of his arm.

 

 

 

 

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