Georgia wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (86) tries to catch a pass against LSU safety Corey Thompson (12) during the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga. The pass was incomplete. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Posted: Saturday, 28 September 2013 11:29PM
Jeff: Mettenberger could not have done more
Jeff Palermo Reporting
How it happened: Despite 372 yards passing from LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, the Fighting Tigers lost their first game of the season as Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the Bayou Bengals 44-41.
Offense: Mettenberger could not have performed any better in his return to his home state. He threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns. He was a big reason why the Tigers were 10-of-15 on 3rd down. LSU even converted on a 3rd-and-22 on the Tigers touchdown drive that gave them a brief lead in the 4th quarter.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry had another phenomenal game as he caught 10 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. had six catches for 118 yards, but his muffed punt in the 3rd quarter led to a short scoring drive for Georgia.
LSU’s running game struggled as they only averaged two yards per carry. Jeremy Hill had a hard fought 86 rushing yards.
It was really tough game for the offensive line as they struggled to open holes for the running game. Mettenberger was also sacked four times.
Defense: It was an embarrassing performance by defensive coordinator John Chavis’ unit. LSU gave up 494 yards of total offense, and Georgia averaged seven yards a play. The Tigers secondary will receive a lot of criticism for its numerous blown coverages, but they didn’t get any help from the defensive line. I think the only time they hit Murray, was when Jermauria Rasco was flagged for roughing the passer.
LSU did not have any sacks or quarterback hurries, and had only two tackles for a loss.
Special teams: It was a confidence building game for Colby Delahoussaye, who hit two field goals, one from 49 yards and the other from 39. But the muffed punt by Beckham, led to a quick score.
Up next: The Tigers are on the road again next Saturday. LSU travels to play at Mississippi State on October 5th. The Bulldogs are 2-and-2. The two wins are against Alcorn State and Troy, while the losses are to Auburn and Oklahoma State.