LSU displayed their new high-powered offense under the bright lights of Tiger Stadium on Saturday. LSU used their dominant first and third quarters to route the UAB Blazers, 56 to 17. LSU outscored UAB 42-0 in the first and third quarters. Zach Mettenberger and Odell Backham completely took center stage, putting on remarkable performances.
Zach Mettenberger dismissed all notions of his TCU performance being a fluke on Saturday. Mettenberger dominated the UAB secondary, writing his name in the LSU record books with five passing touchdowns. Mettenberger was everything LSU fans had been begging for. He has thrown for six touchdowns in his first two games this season. Last year, he recorded twelve touchdown passes during the course of the entire season. Mettenberger was extremely efficient against UAB, going 16 of 19 for 282 yards.
Odell Beckham was phenomenal against the Blazers. He caught five passes for 136 yards, including three touchdown grabs. His receiving statistics were impressive, but his true highlight was his 100 yard missed field goal return. Beckham fielded the kick eight yards deep in his own end zone then displayed his incredible speed. He told his teammates to block for him before the play, and did they ever! The blocks created more than enough space for Beckham to score. Beckham was named the SEC special teams Player of the Week. Last year he showed glimpses of excellence, but never displayed the consistency that Tiger fans are enjoying this season.
LSU had an all-around solid game, handling an inferior UAB squad. However, something LSU can learn from was their dismal performance in the second quarter. The LSU defense was nonexistent in the quarter, allowing a subpar offense to pour in 17 points. All in all, LSU had an impressive performance highlighted by memorable performances by Mettenberger and Beckham. Even with the second quarter slip-up, it is safe to say LSU imposed their might on UAB!