The weather conditions were awful in Death Valley for the match-up between the LSU Tigers and the Auburn Tigers. LSU knocked off Auburn 35-21, thanks in large part to Jeremy Hill playing the best game of his career. Hill terrorized the Auburn defense with 183 yards and three touchdowns, but the passing attack played a key role in the game as well.
LSU is known for being a power running program, and this year the running game may be even better than in years past. This is due to the fact that opposing defenses are forced to respect the pass. Last night a few LSU wide receivers had great games, but several others were completely non-existent.
Odell Beckham had five receptions for 59 yards including a couple of of diving receptions on crucial plays to keep drives alive. Beckham played well against Auburn but didn’t have any electrifying plays that LSU fans are becoming accustomed to.
Travis Dickson only had one catch in the game, his second of the season, but it was a big one. Dickson snuck through the defense, and was found by Zach Mettenberger for a wide open 45 yard completion–the longest of his career. This catch set up the third touchdown on the day for Jeremy Hill.
J.C. Copeland showed he can do a little bit of everything. On his lone reception, Copeland caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and showed surprising speed gaining seven yards.
Jarvis Landry was sensational. He put together a better game than any other player not named Jeremy Hill. Landry finished the night with seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Although the stat line is impressive, it does not begin to explain Landry’s importance. Landry made several of his catches on pivotal downs that extended drives for LSU.
The four players mentioned played well for LSU on Saturday. However, those four were the only players to record a single catch in the game, and two of them only caught one.
Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham are arguably the best wide receiver duo in the entire country, but other receivers need to begin to carry their own weight. With the attention Landry and Beckham draw to themselves it should create opportunities for others to get involved. Some wide receivers played great but the players that were non existent drops the final grade to a B.