Wet footballs can be difficult for a quarterback to handle, and the rain was coming down hard in the stadium where according to legend there is never a chance of rain. Zach Mettenberger was not incredible in the game, but he didn’t have to be with Jeremy Hill running wild and built up a large LSU lead as the Tigers led at the half 21-0.
The fact that Mettenberger is not being praised for throwing for over 200 yards with a touchdown pass in the rain goes to show how much he has improved from last year. Mettenberger has gone from a weakness for LSU to one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC. If this game had happened last year it would have been one of his best games all season.
Mettenberger has thrived under the new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. All season long Mettenberger has utilized junior wide receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry and they have accounted for all ten of his touchdown passes.
Saturday night was no different Landry and Beckham combined to catch twelve of Mettenberger’s 14 completions. Mettenberger ended the night with 229 yards and a touchdown. He did however throw his first interception on the season that led to an Auburn touchdown. His interception came on a Jarvis Landry cross route when he threw behind his receiver. Mettenberger did respond well to the pick completing 9-11 for 160 and a touchdown after the errant throw.
With Hill running as well as he did Saturday night there was no point in taking shots downfield in this weather and LSU had to burn the clock in the second half. The only thing to stop Mettenberger this season has been Mother Nature.
With the conditions in mind Mettenberger put together a relatively solid game and led the team to a 14 point victory. This is not even close to the level of play Mettenberger will reach this year. He receives a B- for that very reason, Mettenberger is going to put together far more dominating performances this year synonymous with his first three games.