LSU senior quarterback, Zach Mettenberger was taken off the field with the assistance of trainers after taking a hit to his left knee by Arkansas defensive tackle, Byron Jones late in the fourth quarter.
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Mettenberger was still able to complete a 32 yard completion to Jarvis Landry on a ridiculous individual effort by the junior wide receiver, but was in considerable amounts of pain after clutching his knee that was protected by a brace.
He was immediately laid out on a table, with his knee brace off and his mother looking on with concern. Mettenberger was unable to return to the game, which is heartbreaking to consider his final play in Tiger Stadium is a play he was injured and he was unable to lead his team to a comeback.
However, in his absence, Anthony Jennings who had only attempted three passes prior to entering in relief directed the Tigers on a 99-yard drive in the final minutes using his feet (3 runs for 26 yards) and his arm (4/7 passing for 76 yards, including a 49-yard TD to Travin Dural) to help LSU escape with the 31-27 win over Arkansas.
Mettenberger celebrated the score, then was moved to tears knowing his days in Tiger Stadium were over and he and Les Miles had an embrace at the end of the game that left Miles with tears in his eyes as well.
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With at least a month until LSU plays in their yet-to-be-determined bowl game, hopefully Mettenberger can get his knee healthy enough to play in the Tiger’s bowl and end his career on a high note.
Zach Mettenberger to undergo MRI on left knee Saturday. Extent of injury unknown but not ruled out of bowl game. #LSU
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) November 30, 2013
Update 9:03 p.m.: Mettenberger Expected Back for Bowl
Once the results of the MRI are revealed, hopefully it will not reveal any significant damage to the knee and some rest and rehab will have him ready to suit up for the Tiger’s bowl game and that his NFL career won’t be derailed by any potential offseason surgery.
Les Miles relayed comments from Mettenberger who did not take part in the post game interviews, “Coach, ‘I’m just afraid that I might be too emotional,’” Miles said Mettenberger told him. “He said he enjoyed his time here tremendously. He has grown and matured and is a quality man. He has fully enjoyed his time at LSU.”
That time for Mettenberger is running out as LSU will find out where their bowl game will be Sunday Dec. 8 with the expectation the AT&T Cotton Bowl will be the destination, but that could change depending on what happens Saturday and in the conference championship games next weekend.