HOW DID METTENBERGER DO IN HIS FIRST START?
LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger had an up and down first half. The good was that he completed 10 of 16 passes for 97 yards. The bad was that he threw an interception. He also held the ball too long and was rocked on a hit by North Texas cornerback Hilbert Jackson and missed a couple of series.
NO HONEY BADGER,
LSU sophomore Odell Beckham Jr. has replaced the dismissed Tyrann Mathieu at punt returner this season, and he had a strong first half. Beckham returned four punts for 75 yards in the first half. He returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. He had a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown called back when Jarvis Landry was penalized for an illegal block in the back.
EW LOOK TIGER STADIUM
The improvements to the stadium were a hit. The front entrance was a major meeting place for fans to gather and relax before the game. The new lighting and painted exterior made the north end zone look better. The new name tag on the front of the stadium was a perfect fit.
A collection of tweets, including from writers covering the game.
“UNT can’t tackle but otherwise looks decent against the #3 team in the nation. What say you?” EagleGreen during a chat on gomeangreen.com.
“#LSU fans getting restless, some booing. They expect more against a non-SEC defense. #AP Top 25”
“Love that we are on television, but hate that this is the SEC game of the week, SEC announcers, SEC officials resulting in the LSU lovefest.”
— UNTLifer during a chat on gomeangreen.com.
“One of the interesting aspects of traveling around following an FBS team is that you never know who you are going to run into. I was waiting for my plane today with a whole lot of LSU fans and former LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson (seriously, he was the last person to jump on) when I ran into a UNT professor.”
North Texas beat writer Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle in a Mean Green Sports Now blog
“LSU is looking in pretty good form, but the o-line making too many mistakes. PUT DWORACZYK IN!”
former LSU captain
“The pilot on my flight to Baton Rouge just played the LSU fight song.”
Vito about his flight from
Dallas to Baton Rouge
“The field is too wet for my trailer, but I’ll go down the hill by Tiger Stadium. It’s up to y’all to welcome North Texas. Geaux Tigers!”
Mike VI @MikeTigerVI
ä LSU OFFENSE: LSU had 508 yards total offense, the first time it broke the 500-yard barrier in a game since 2007 against Louisiana Tech. Running backs Kenny Hillard and Alfred Blue each rushed for more than 100 yards.
ä LSU DEFENSE: The Tigers held North Texas to a 219 yards for an average of 3.9 yards per play on 56 yards and nine first downs.
ä NORTH TEXAS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Did the Mean Green’s road uniforms look familiar? They should have. North Texas’ uniforms bore a striking resemblance of the ones worn by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.
ä ZACH METTENBERGER, LSU : Mettenberger was injured in the first quarter when he held the ball too long on a pass play and was sacked by North Texas cornerback Hilbert Jackson, who drilled him on a blitz.
ä JARVIS LANDRY, LSU: Landry was hit with an illegal block-in-the-back penalty in the first quarter to nullify a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by Odell Beckham Jr. The penalty stopped LSU from taking a 21-0 first quarter lead.
ä LSU: LSU had plenty of instances when it looked sluggish and uninterested against North Texas, and as a result the Mean Green hung around longer than they should have. On a night when top-ranked Southern Cal and second-ranked Alabama posted impressive victories, this game might linger in voters’ minds.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
10 Number of consecutive season-opening wins for LSU.
18 Number of consecutive wins in Tiger Stadium for LSU, the nation’s longest active streak.
28-0 LSU’s regular season record non-conference games under Les Miles.
38 LSU’s streak of regular-season non-conference wins, the nation’s longest.
THREE AND OUT
WHAT WE LEARNED
Maybe the player LSU will miss in its secondary more than Tyrann Mathieu is strong safety Brandon Taylor. LSU’s defense got surprisingly little pressure on UNT QB Derek Thompson and got burned twice over the middle. Washington’s pass happy offense will definitely take note.e_SClBTrending now
Odell Beckham Jr. showed LSU’s punt return game is in good hands despite the loss of Mathieu. Beckham returned one punt 70 yards for a touchdown and had another called back on a block in the back penalty by Jarvis Landry. Still, OBJ had North Texas angling for the sideline the rest of the game.e_SClBFINAL THOUGHTS
With Alabama and USC winning handily, LSU is sure to drop from the No. 1 spot in the coaches poll. No. 3 in the AP poll looked too high at times for the Tigers. LSU was predictably sloppy in its first game despite flashes of brilliance from Beckham and a strong running game. Tigers should and must look crisper against Washington.