Golden flash: No. 8 LSU offensive output rolls over Kent St.
BATON ROUGE - In its final pre-conference tune-up, No. 8 LSU had its biggest offensive output since 2007 on the way to a 45-13 victory over Kent State on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger's 264 yards passing and 100-yard rushers Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee, LSU totaled 571 yards of total offense to move the ball at will against Kent State (1-2). The Tigers' 10.4 yards per play was second best in school history.
LSU (3-0) begins Southeastern Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6:45 p.m. CT when Auburn (3-0, 1-0 SEC) comes to Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised live by ESPN and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network starting with a 4:45 p.m. pregame show.
By adding three touchdowns this evening, Mettenberger set a school record with nine TD's in the first three games to start a season. He was 13-of-18 passing with a long of 52 yards.
Hill ran 11 times for 119 yards and touchdown runs of 58 and 12 yards. All nine of Magee's carries came in the second half, as he rolled for 108 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Blue added 56 rushing yards, also all in the second half.
Receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry continued to find holes in the secondary. Beckham Jr. had five catches for 76 yards with a 5-yard touchdown grab, while Landry had four catches for 66 yards and two scores.
Defensively, Ego Ferguson led LSU with a career-high eight tackles and a sack. Safety Micah Eugene also had a career-best with six tackles.
Kent State was led by quarterback Colin Reardon who completed 20 of 29 passes for 190 yards. He scored the Golden Flashes lone touchdown with a 2-yard scamper in the second quarter. Traylon Durham led Kent State on the ground with 36 net yards on 18 carries.
The Golden Flashes were limited to 58 yards rushing and were outgained 571-248. It was LSU's best offensive night since gaining 595 yards against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 10, 2007.