LSU Opens With 37-27 Win Over TCU
An Interview With COACH LES MILES
COACH MILES: Well, I certainly enjoyed the victory. Felt like the TCU team played
well. I can see why some picked them to win their conference. I think
they'll have a very good year. I think it was a sloppy opener at
times for us. Things that we could do to improve certainly have made a
very, very significant difference in this game. But all in all,
when you open on the road, very quality opponent. You put 448 yards on
them. You make the mistakes you make, get the opportunity to correct
those mistakes, and keep on.
So I felt like Cam Cameron started
his debut at LSU and did a very, very strong job. A couple of balls
dropped that we would have liked to have back, certainly a fumble here
or there, and a more distinctive attack in the crown, but we were much
better in offense.
And that defense gave up 259 yards, and
we led in time of possession and snaps. So again, sloppy but an
opportunity to correct. And 1-0, it's nice to start the season
Q. Could you talk about the offensive line, the job it did tonight and what that allowed
Mettenberger to do. He was pretty upright for most of this evening.
COACH MILES: Yeah, I liked our offensive line. They're getting better. I think they
extremely well. I felt like the backs did the same. Receivers ran
routes. That's what it's supposed to look like. Have a tall quarterback
standing back there hitting his targets.
Q. When you brought Cam Cameron in, was tonight what you envisioned Zach to look
like under him?
COACH MILES: Yes, that's exactly right. I think that Zach will have nights like that pretty
routinely from this point forward.
You mentioned you were strong offensively, but inconsistent in the red
zone, especially early. Could you talk about that and what you have to
do to improve?
MILES: They did everything they could. They changed up. They had a
really nice game plan against us. They made some significant changes in
their front and the way they played it. And, again, I commend Gary
Patterson for that. But we have to be better there. We have to be able
to run the football when we get down in there where we're in
striking distance, at times.
For Terrence Magee, somebody who's waited patiently for his time to
shine, just how big was he tonight for your team and moving forward
COACH MILES: Terrence Magee is a talented guy. Those people inside this program
for Terrence Magee because he's just a great kid and works hard and has
talent and ability. And given the opportunity, he'll make that kind of
contribution throughout the year.