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September 8, 2013Zach Mettenberger threw a school-record five touchdown passes - three to Odell Beckham and two to Jarvis Landry as LSU defeated UAB 56-17 on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
HOW THEY SCORED
Score: Beckham 29-yard pass from Mettenberger. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 7, UAB 0
Drive: 5 plays, 89 yards
Time of Possession: 2:21
Time Remaining: 6:13, first quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 49-yard pass to Beckham for a first down at UAB's 28.
Score: Beckham 22-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 14, UAB 0
Drive: 6 plays, 50 yards
Time of Possession: 1:56
Time Remaining: 2:29, first quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Beckham gained 15 yards on an end-around for a first down at UAB's 35.
Score: Kenny Hilliard 1-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 21, UAB 0
Drive: 2 plays, 9 yards
Time of Possession: :42
Time Remaining: :00, first quarter
Key Play: Beckham returned a punt 60 yards to UAB's 9.
Score: Jeremy Hill 3-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 28, UAB 0
Drive: 3 plays, 19 yards
Time of Possession: :35
Time Remaining: 14:20, second quarter
Key Play: Quentin Thomas recovered a Jonathan Perry fumble at UAB's 19.
Les Miles post-game press conference video
Score: Darrin Reaves 11-yard run. Ty Long PAT. LSU 28, UAB 7
Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 3:09
Time Remaining: 11:11, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-seven, Greg Franklin ran 11 yards for a first down at LSU's 16.
Score: Landry 24-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 35, UAB 7
Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 3:10
Time Remaining: 8:01, second quarter
Key Play: On second-and-six, Mettenberger completed a 17-yard pass to Landry for a first down at UAB's 28.
Score: Jamarcus Nelson 41-yard pass from Austin Brown. Long PAT. LSU 35, UAB 14
Drive: 3 plays, 39 yards
Time of Possession: :48
Time Remaining: 5:19, second quarter
Key Play: Greg Maclin recovered a Landry fumble and returned the ball three yards to LSU's 39.
Score: Long 24-yard field goal. LSU 35, UAB 17
Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards
Time of Possession: 2:52
Time Remaining: 0:00, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-seven, Brown completed a 12-yard pass to Franklin for a first down at LSU's 17.
Score: Beckham 27-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 42, UAB 17
Drive: 5 plays, 55 yards
Time of Possession: 1:59
Time Remaining: 12:02, third quarter
Key Play: On third-and-six, Mettenberger scrambled for 10 yards and a first down at UAB's 27.
Score: Landry 14 yard-pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 49, TCU 17
Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards
Time of Possession: :54
Time Remaining: 6:16, third quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Hill ran for 15 yards. There was also a grabbing the face mask penalty which gave LSU a first down at UAB's 14.
Score: Beckham 100-yard field goal return. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 56, TCU 17
Time Remaining: 2:11, third quarter
LSU had jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on a pair of Mettenberger touchdown passes to Beckham. After the Tigers defense forced a three-and-out, Beckham returned a punt 60 yards to UAB's 9. Two plays later, Hilliard ran for a touchdown to give LSU a comfortable 21-point margin before the second quarter started.
Mettenberger's good as gold
LSU KEY OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Mettenberger completed 16 of 19 passes for 282 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. In the first half, Mettenberger was 13-of-16 for 226 yards. Of his three second-half completions, two went for touchdowns. Both Beckham and Landry caught five passes. Beckham had his second straight 100-yard receiving game with 136 yards.
LSU KEY DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Linebackers Lamin Barrow and Lamar Louis each made seven tackles. In his first playing time at cornerback, Tre'Davious White was credited with six tackles. White played the entire second half at cornerback instead of Jalen Collins. End Jermauria Rasco made six tackles, including one sack, and registered two quarterback-hurries. Micah Eugene, who played a lot of safety when Craig Loston was injured, had five tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, and one quarterback-hurry.
LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
There were none. LSU got the ball in UAB territory seven times and scored touchdowns on each occasion. The Tigers had three red-zone opportunities and scored a touchdown each time.
LSU CRITICAL MISTAKES
The lone major offensive mistake was a fumble by Landry as he was stripped following a pass reception. That turnover led to the Blazers' second touchdown in the second quarter. Cornerback Jalen Mills took a bad angle on Reaves' 11-yard touchdown run. He was also beaten by Nelson for a 41-yard touchdown pass from Brown after Landry's fumble.
LSU averaged more than eight yards per play as it finished with 445 yards on just 54 snaps. Mettenberger and Anthony Jennings, who completed his only pass, were a combined 17-of-20 for 293 yards. For the second straight week, the Tigers were very good on third downs - going 4-of-8 against UAB. Brown, who passed for more than 300 yards in the Blazers' opener against Troy, threw for just 136 yards Saturday. Nelson, who had 199 yards in receiving yards against Troy, was held to 42 yards on three catches.
The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes due to lightning. . .Six true freshmen made their first appearance - running back Jeryl Brazil, cornerback Rashard Robinson, safety Rickey Jefferson, defensive ends Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal and center Ethan Pocic. . .Junior college transfer wide receiver Quantavius Leslie saw his first playing time. . .Tight end Logan Stokes made his first career start. The Tigers started the game with Dillon Gordon at tight end and Stokes at H-back. . .Linebacker Tahj Jones, who missed the TCU game with an injury, was in the starting lineup at strongside linebacker. Tight end Travis Dickson, who has been out with a knee injury, was on the field for a few plays in the first half. . .Loston suffered a lower leg injury. Coach Les Miles said that the injury is not serious. . .LSU extended its non-conference regular-season winning streak to 43 games. . .The Tigers eclipsed the 50-point mark for the sixth time in a game since Miles became coach in 2005. The highest point total for LSU under Miles is 63 - against Idaho last season. . .Mettenberger was the first LSU quarterback to throw at least three touchdown passes in a half in seven seasons. JaMarcus Russell threw three touchdown passes in the first half of the Mississippi State game in 2006. . .The five touchdown passes were the most in a game for the Tigers in 13 years. LSU also had five touchdown passes against Western Carolina in 2000. . .Beckham had the fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career - two this season. The last LSU receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games was Dwayne Bowe against Kentucky and Fresno State in 2006. Beckham, who caught three scoring passes and returned a field goal 100 yards for a touchdown, was the first LSU player to score four times in a game in 12 seasons. LaBrandon Toefield had four touchdowns against Utah State in 2001. . .Hill ran three yards for a touchdown on his first carry of the season. Hill finished with 50 yards on six carries. Hilliard led the Tigers with 54 yards on 11 attempts. . .Landry has now caught a touchdown pass in four games in a row and six of the last seven LSU games. . .LSU is now 2-0 for the eighth consecutive season. UAB is 0-2. . .The paid crowd was 90,037. The actial attendance was about 75,000.
LSU defense bounced back after halftime
WHAT THE HEAD COACH HAD TO SAY
LSU coach Les Miles: "We have had a lot of games against a lot of teams that came down to the wire. It's nice to have a game where you really distance yourself from your opponent and you play quality football, for the most part, for four quarters. For a lot of young players, they went away with a very significant victory. The goal of today was to play four quarters of fine football. We fell short of that some, but I think we can improve. We're 2-0 and I'm looking forward to the next contests."
LSU will play host to Kent State next Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The Golden Flashes (1-1) lost 41-22 to Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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