Pair Of LSU WRs Combine For Six TDs
1. The Zach Attack
Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger set a new school record with five touchdown passes in one game. He completed 16 of 19 passes for 282 yards and for the second week in a row did not throw an interception. On a night where nearly one-third of his completions went for touchdowns, Mettenberger was confident and poised thanks to an impressive showing by the offensive line (he was rarely pressured and never sacked) and the performance of his top two receivers.
2. Dynamic Duo, Part II
Just like last week’s game, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry dazzled the purple and gold audience with a combined 10 catches, 207 yards receiving and all five of Mettenberger’s touchdowns. Each registered some highlight-reel grabs, like Landry’s acrobatic scoring reception in the second quarter. It was his third straight reception of the drive and reminded many Tigers fans of his remarkable catch against Arkansas last season. Not to be outdone, Beckham Jr. returned a scrimmage kick nearly 110 yards for a touchdown following a missed 59-yard field goal attempt. He totaled 331 all-purpose yards for the game, third-best in school history.
3. Second-Quarter Letdown
UAB had just 10 yards of total offense after the first quarter to go along with one first down and no points. Then they outscored LSU 17-14 in the second quarter thanks to shoddy tackling and busted coverages. Les Miles had an explanation after the game: “On defense in the second quarter, we had a young safety in the game that didn’t make the right adjustment. Therefore, for a while we were a little misplaced.” The Blazers wouldn’t score again after LSU made their halftime adjustments.
4. Playing Time
The Tigers were able to play a lot of fresh faces thanks to the lopsided score. True freshman Jeryl Brazil was on the field for the first time this season at running back. He was originally thought to be a contributor in the defensive secondary and finished the game with two carries for 10 yards. Nine different players had at least one rushing attempt and nine different players caught at least one pass. Running back Jeremy Hill saw his first action of the season in the second quarter and made the most of his first rushing attempt by scoring a 3-yard touchdown. Kenny Hilliard had an expanded role from last week’s game and was LSU’s leading rusher with 11 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.
5. Optimism Abounds
Just two weeks into the season and the SEC East’s Big Three (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina) each have one loss. Alabama and Texas A&M square off next Saturday for a key SEC West showdown as LSU plays Kent State. The Tigers are sure to continue to climb higher in the Top 10 over the next couple of weeks. Granted it’s still early in the season, but most pundits didn’t think LSU would be in the Top 10 at all. Tigers fans have to be feeling good about the position their team is in right now in relation to their SEC brethren.