Zach Mettenberger has been sensational all year for LSU. Under new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, Mettenberger has looked like a completely different quarterback. Last year Mettenberger struggled mightily. He had a 27.2 opponent adjusted QBR through his first six games. This year, through six games his adjusted QBR is an incredible 92.3. Mettenberger has already thrown for 15 touchdown passes this season, while only throwing 12 all of last year.
Saturday, Mettenberger was superb leading the Tigers to a 59 to 26 victory over Mississippi State. His performance earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Mettenberger looked like a seasoned leader on Saturday. He engineered drive after drive that ended with a LSU player in the end zone. LSU had eight touchdown drives on the night, humiliating a Mississippi State defense that was previously ranked 14th in the country in points allowed.
Mettenberger completed 25 of his 29 passes for an 86.2% completion rate. He also threw the ball for 340 yards and two touchdowns. His 340 yards marked the second time in two weeks he has eclipsed the 300 yard mark in the air. Before playing Georgia he had never thrown for 300 yards in a game in his entire career. He also had two touchdown passes, both to Odell Beckham. One of his touchdowns tosses was with seventeen seconds left in the 1st half, and it gave the Tigers the lead for good.
One can argue that Odell Beckham Jr. was deserving of the Player of the Week honor. Beckham had 179 yards receiving and was at the receiving end of both of Mettenber’s touchdown throws. Mettenberger also threw an interception early in the second quarter. The Tigers got the win and are more focused on Florida than who deserved the Player of the Week.
Mettenberger and Beckham will need to turn in another dynamic performance Saturday, as the Tigers face the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Louchiez Purifoy, and the tenacious Gator defense.