This is not going according to plan in Tiger Stadium as LSU is looking rather ordinary vs. Furman during the Tiger’s homecoming game. Actually, rather ordinary may be putting it nicely for a team that should be blowing out a losing FCS opponent at home, especially after LSU lost last week.
Zach Mettenberger picked up where he left off vs. Ole Miss with an interception that a freshman in high school would be ashamed to have thrown that was run back for a Furman touchdown in the first five minutes of the game.
LSU would respond with a 55-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill and then a four-yard score from the workhorse running back who now has 12 rushing scores.
But as soon as you think LSU is gaining some momentum, LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye missed the extra point. He’s also missed his first field of the season.
Leading 13-10 entering the second quarter, Mettenberger settled in with a 37-yard score to Odell Beckham, Jr but he flirted with disaster as he threw into double coverage only to have Beckham make an exceptional play on the ball.
Furman ended the hald with two field goals from 31 and 23 yards, respectively, but the big story is how sluggish and less-than-impressive LSU looks in the first half.
There were questions earlier this week about the motivation levels of the Tigers after losing to Ole Miss likely ended their chances for an SEC and BCS title. Despite the comments by coaches and players saying there is still plenty to play for, their performance in the first half goes against what they were preaching during the week.
LSU clearly took Furman for granted and was looking ahead to their bye week before Alabama Nov. 9 and they need to come out in the second half and assert themselves as the dominant team to avoid a humiliating loss at home on homecoming nonetheless.