HOW THEY SCORED
Score by quarters
Idaho 0 14 ?0 0 — 14
LSU 14 14 21 7 — 56
LSU: Kadron Boone 17 pass from Zach Mettenberger at 9:46 (Drew Alleman kick). DRIVE: 4 plays, 54 yards, 1:59. KEY PLAYS: Idaho had a fourth-and-1 at the LSU 44 and Anthony Johnson and Jermaurio Rasco dropped Ryan Bass for a 2-yard loss. Russell Shepard 33 pass from Mettenberger to the Vandals 21. LSU 7, Idaho 0.
LSU: Alfred Blue 3 run at 6:29 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 6-30-2:33. KEY PLAYS: Ronald Martin intercepts on a pass broken up by Jalen Collins, giving LSU the ball at the Idaho 30. On third-and-2, Kenny Hilliard gains 5 yards to the Vandals 3. LSU 14, Idaho 0.
Idaho: Michael LaGrone 4 pass from Dominique Blackman at 13:47 (Trey Farquhar kick). DRIVE: 2-5-:53. KEY PLAYS: Gary Walker intercepts a Mettenberger pass at the Idaho 1 and returns 94 yards to the LSU 5. Pass interference penalty on Luke Muncie gives Vandals a first down at the 2. LSU 14, Idaho 7.
LSU: Martin 45 interception return at 9:05 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: None. KEY PLAY: The interception, which was caused by Collins’ tip. LSU 21, Idaho 0.
Idaho: Jahrie Level 22 pass from Blackman at 5:34 (Farquhar kick). DRIVE: 7-81-3:27. KEY PLAYS: Todd Handley’s 14 run gets the drive started and Blackman completions of 15 yards to Mike Scott and 15 to LaGrone provide first downs. LSU 21, Idaho 14.
LSU: Jarvis Landry 7 pass from Mettenberger at 0:37 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 3-39-0:56. KEY PLAY: Shepard 23 pass from Mettenberger to a first down at the 7. LSU 28, Idaho 14.
LSU: Lavar Edwards 23 interception return at 10:58 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: None. KEY PLAY: The touchdown. LSU 35, Idaho 14.
LSU: Kenny Hilliard 71 run at 8:29 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 1-71-0:14. KEY PLAY: The touchdown. LSU 42, Idaho 14.
LSU: Hilliard 1 run at 0:00 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 9-87-2:58. KEY PLAY: Odell Beckham Jr. 46 pass from Mettenberger gives LSU a first down at the Idaho 28. LSU 49, Idaho 14.
LSU: Jeremy Hill 4 run at 10:08 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 10-78-4:01. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-2, Hill rushes 7 yards for a first down at the Idaho 26, and Hill’s 16-yard run yields a first down at the 4. LSU 56, Idaho 14.
LSU: Hill 8 run at 4:35 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 3-18-1:23. KEY PLAY: Jalen Mills’s interception of Blackman gives LSU the ball at the Idaho 18. LSU 63, Idaho 14.
FINAL SCORE: LSU 63, Idaho 14.
RECORDS: LSU 3-0, Idaho 0-3.
ä LSU’S STREAK: Setting the new record with 40 consecutive nonconference victories is impressive, no matter whom the Tigers play. Although the fans have to be getting tired of LSU beating these no-name nonconference patsies. (Hello, Towson. Welcome to Baton Rouge on Sept. 29.)
ä LSU offense: The Tigers scored the most points ever under coach Les Miles. This time LSU had a balanced offense, rushing for 250 yards and passing for a season-high 222 yards.
ä LSU receivers: The Tigers receivers got the message about dropped passes. After five in their previous game, the group had only one against LSU. (Hey, everybody is allowed at least one mistake.)
THUMBS DOWNe_SClBä LSU UNIFORMS: The Tigers made a bad uniform choice by going with their purple jerseys. Why? Because it forced Idaho to wear its bland white jerseys. The Vandals’ black-and-gold jerseys are sleek and trendy and easily rank among the best-looking jerseys in college football. If you’re going pay a team $925,000 to beat them on your home field, the least you can do is let them wear their best uniforms.
ä LSU in the first half: The Tigers could have blown Idaho away with a good start. Instead, LSU led 28-14 at halftime and let the Vandals have enough good moments in the first half that their fans actually gained confidence.
ä LSU penalties: The Tigers were penalized eight times for 58 yards, including an illegal substitution penalty that pushed them out of field-goal range.
ä One week after having five drops in a 41-3 victory against Washington, the LSU receivers responded. The Tigers receivers only had one drop on 23 passes against Idaho. It was apparent from the start that the receivers were focused.
AIRING IT OUT
ä LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 17 of 22 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was the first time this season the Tigers have passed for more than 200 yards in a game. LSU backup quarter Stephen Rivers even threw a pass, even though it was incomplete.
THE PICK PARADE
ä Remember how people doubted LSU’s pass defense after Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team before the season? The Tigers have an interception in every game this season. LSU had four interceptions, including two for touchdowns, against Idaho.
ä “Guess we’re going to see LSU/Alabama twice again this season, huh?”
ä “Ark QB Tyler Wilson marched into press conference called some of his teammates quitters and marched out”
@Ray Glier, a freelance journalist based in Atlanta for USA Today, The New York Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe.
ä “Our NCAA 12 video game simulation results of Idaho @ LSU results in a 49-22 LSU victory”
@VandalNation, “the Ridiculously obsessive coverage of Idaho Vandals sports, brought to you by Idaho student media at the Argonaut”
ä “Unreal. Idaho scores again at No. 3 LSU, down 21-14. A quality QB makes such a big difference.”
@SR_JoshWright, who covers the Idaho Vandals for Spokesman-Review of Spokane.
ä “Miles at half: If we don’t throw a pick (at the 1) this game is completely out of hand.#LSU”
by Advocate LSU
sportswriter Scott Rabalais
ä “Barring injuries, not sure it matters what happens in second half. Already been a successful night for Idaho against nation’s No. 3 team.”
ä “@VandalNation impressive but at the same time it shows our potential that we left at home the past 2 games.”
@TimATC, Tim Nicolello, St Luke’s Sports Medicine — Athletic Trainer/Physician Extender, Vandal Alumni in Boise, Idaho.
THREE AND OUT
What we learned
LSU is a talented but at times uneven team, capable of making the big play or the maddening mistake. But there is too much talent in the purple and gold to make the mistakes hurt much to this point.
Welcome back, Russell Shepard. The senior wide receiver has underachieved as a Tiger and was getting lapped by younger receivers. But he had a renaissance performance against Idaho with three catches for 68 yards and three carries for 24 more.
LSU is far from a polished final product, but the depth of talent and ability to spin momentum with spectacular plays will serve the Tigers well moving forward. LSU now takes its act on the road to face a struggling Auburn team, but remains master of its own destiny.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
2 LSU returned two interceptions for touchdowns for the first time since 1991.
20 LSU has won 20 straight in Tiger Stadium, a school record.
4 0 Tigers have won 40 straight nonconference regular season games, an FBS record.
100 This was LSU’s 100th win since 2003, most in the SEC (Florida is second with 90).