Oct 26, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) runs off the field after the game against the Furman Paladins at Tiger Stadium. LSU won 48-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger Played Great & Awful vs. Furman


A pick six on the first offensive drive for LSU was not the way Zach Mettenberger wanted to start, after a horrible performance against Ole Miss a week prior. His costly interception and a few other LSU blunders, had the Tigers clinging to a four point lead at halftime over FCS opponent, Furman. Mettenberger and company would turn it around in the second half and eventually blow out the big underdogs 48-16.

Mettenberger completed 16 of 24 attempts for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Much of his production needs to be credited to LSU receiving sensation Odell Beckham, who was phenomenal. Mettenberger completed 6 passes to Beckham for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham made a couple incredible grabs and ran extremely well after his receptions. Mettenberger’s statistics greatly benefited from his receiver’s performance.

It would have been a great night for Mettenberger had it not been for his two interceptions. In his first seven games, he did a great job protecting the ball, only throwing two interceptions. In his last two games he has looked like a completely different quarterback, and has thrown five picks.

His first interception was on LSU’s fourth offensive play of the game. It was either a miscommunication or the worst pass of the year, either way it looked horrid. Reggie Thomas returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to give Furman a 7-0 lead early.

Early in the third quarter, Mettenberger threw another interception, but it was not entirely his fault. The pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage before falling into the hands of Furman’s Carl Rider.

Without the two interceptions, Mettenberger played really well, but his picks would have proved costly against a better opponent. LSU’s next game is against Alabama and the Tigers’ will need Mettenberger to be completely turnover free to give the Tigers a chance against the number one team in the country.

Zach Mettenberger Grade: C


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