On Saturday, LSU lost a close battle with Georgia 44-41. Of course critics want to come out and talk about everything LSU did wrong, but in truth there is a lot that the Tigers did well, or they wouldn’t have come so close to knocking off one of the top teams in the country.
The biggest bright spot of the day was the passing attack. Zach Mettenberger played sensationally, hitting his targets and setting a career high with 372 passing yards. Mettenberger’s remarkable performance never would have been possible without a good performance from Odell Beckham and a really impressive game from Jarvis Landry.
Beckham and Landry have been the best receiving duo in the nation all year and they were impressive against Georgia. The duo was on the recieving end of 274 of Mettenberger’s 372 passing yards. Kadron Boone even got in on the fun as well.
After having only one reception the entire season, Boone had two receptions against Georgia, one for 48 yards and both of them resulted in a touchdown. Boone was expected to have solid senior season. Time will tell if the Georgia game was a breakout performance for him.
Beckham never found the end-zone but did have several big receptions and ended the day with 118 yards receiving. He came up huge on a couple of third downs, making catches and moving the sticks. However, in the return game his fumble ton a punt really cost LSU, and he didn’t have any impressive returns.
Landry has consistently been spectacular all year. He is expected to have a big game every time he is on the field, and he has not disappointed. All game long he made incredible, highlight worthy receptions. His play helped to extend drives for the Tigers. He ended the day with ten receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown tied an LSU record with Dwayne Bowe for seven straight games with a score.
The performance of the three receivers mentioned above earns them the grade of a B+. It was a great game, and their grade could have been higher if more receivers had gotten involved in the offense and if Beckham had held onto that costly punt. All things considered the receiving game was solid and really helped Mettenberger put together a career day.