Alabama pulled away from LSU in the second half and handed the Tigers their third loss of the season. It was a disappointing performance by Jeremy Hill and the running backs, but Zach Mettenberger did play well in a losing effort.
Mettenberger had a quality showing in his final regular season road game of his LSU career. It was the second straight year that he played well against Alabama, and for the second year in row his performance was not enough.
Mettenberger finished the night throwing for 241 yards and a touchdown on 23 passing attempts. He completed 70% of his passes and did not throw an interception for the first time since the Florida game back on October 12.
Mettenberger did much better than he usually does at spreading his passes to different receivers for the majority of the game. He connected with eight different receivers on the night.
For most of the game he played brilliantly, spreading his passes out, and hitting the open receiver. However, at the end of the game the pressure must have gotten to him because he went back to his old habits that cost him against Ole Miss and Furman. At the end of the game Mettenberger locked his focus on his two main receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and threw them the ball regardless of the coverage. It proved costly as Mettenberger only completed one of his final five pass attempts.
Mettenberger has a NFL ready arm and will be playing on Sunday’s next year, but he needs to finish out the season strong for LSU. The Tigers end the season with two home games, the first against offensive powerhouse Texas A&M, then a rivalry game with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Losing to Alabama gives LSU a third loss on the season and fourth would be completely unacceptable by LSU’s high standards.
Zach Mettenberger’s Grade: B+