Oct 19, 2013; Oxford, MS, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) calls a play at the line during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Report Card: Zach Mettenberger Dooms LSU with a Terrible Performance Against Ole Miss

Zach Mettenberger has been incredible for the Tigers this season. He has been hyped as the most improved player in college football. Before the Ole Miss game, Mettenberger had thrown for 15 touchdowns and two interceptions in seven games. He looked like a completely different quarterback against Ole Miss.

Grade for Zach Mettenberger: F

Mettenberger’s performance in the first half was absolutely atrocious. The Ole Miss rebels only managed 10 points, but LSU was shutout in the first half of a game for the first time since the heart-wrenching 2012 BCS National Championship game.

Mettenberger was the primary cause of the lack of points for the Tigers. He had three first half interceptions, all deep in Ole Miss territory, and two in the end zone. He threw more interceptions in the first half of the Ole Miss game than he had thrown in the first seven games of the season.

Mettenberger settled down in the second half and made some key throws. He finished with 274 yards on 33 attempts. He threw one touchdown pass, but also had those three costly interceptions.

Mettenberger dug the Tigers into a deep whole and earned his failing grade with his worst performance of the year. His three interceptions cost LSU the game and a chance at a SEC crown. He needs to put his mistakes behind him. LSU has an important date in Tuscaloosa on November 9th and will need their quarterback to play his best game of the season in order to give the Tigers a chance.

 

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