Baton Rouge- Saturday night was a bit of a nail bitter for the #3 LSU Tigers (3-0) as Idaho (0-3) gave them a run for their money for one half. It took LSU only 4 plays and 1:59 to score their first points of the game on a touchdown pass from Mettenberger to Kadron Boone in the first quarter. It was Kadron Boone’s only reception of the game
Zach Mettenberger went 17-22 with 222 yards passing and 2 passing touchdowns. His favorite target was Jarvis Landry who hauled in 5 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown. Odell Beckham chipped in with 73 yards receiving on 4 catches.
LSU’s running backs gave Idaho all kinds of problems Saturday night, it did not matter who the Tigers sent out there they were running all over the Vandals. Alfred Blue got the start for the Tigers, rushed the ball 10 times for a total of 49 yards and a touchdown. Kenny Hilliard was the main work horse for the Tigers he had 11 carries for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns, one of them was a roaring 71 yard touchdown score when he ran over one of the Vandals’ safeties and past another. Jeremy Hill got some meaningful snaps for the Tigers getting his first two touchdowns as a Tiger while rushing for 61 yards on ten carries.
The LSU team did not have a terrible first half but the Vandals managed to be within two scores going into halftime, without a spectacular catch by Russell Shepard that led to a late touchdown in the 2nd quarter and ended up giving the Tigers a 28-14 lead going into the half. The Tigers out scored the Vandals in the second half 35-0 sending a resounding message to the rest of the country that this team is for real.
The LSU defense held the Vandals to only 62 yards on the ground on 26 attempts. Dominique Blackmon went 23-36 and 174 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw 4 interceptions and 2 were returned for touchdowns. The Tigers defense has been more than fantastic this season, I don’t know if anyone even misses Tyrann Mathieu right now. The team has stepped up big, but the real tests will start to come next week when the Tigers open SEC play at Auburn.