TCU did something on Saturday that no LSU opponent has done in quite some time. They respected the pass. Zach Mettenberger put together one of his best games as a Tiger; it is only week one! Tiger fans have a lot to be excited about for the remainder of the season. Mettenberger completely controlled the game.
He finished the game completing 16 of 32 passes, for 251 yards and touchdown. More importantly, he was turnover-free for the entire game. Only sacked twice, he smartly threw balls away when there was nothing available. If it hadn’t been for a couple dropped balls early on in the game, his completion ratting would have been much higher, accompanied by several more yards and two more touchdowns.
Mettenberger was completely in sync with his two main targets, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. This was most obvious on a beautiful, third-down, back shoulder pass to Beckham. This remarkable connection allowed the Tigers to run out the remainder of the clock. Both receivers toped the century mark in receiving yards. The Tigers could not be stopped when it mattered the most. They completed 13 of 19 third down attempts. The TCU defense had no answers for the LSU offense at the end of the game, as LSU was able to run out the clock and clinch the victoru.
LSU faces UAB next week, which should be nothing more than quarterback practice for Mettenberger. Expect him to torch the opposing defense and hone his passing abilities, getting ready for the grueling SEC schedule up ahead. Under the new offense, Zach Mettenberger is going to be one of the top four quarterbacks in the SEC this year!