The LSU Tigers entered this weekend’s game against Mississippi State confident to put last week’s devastating road loss to Georgia behind them. While the possibility of a ”hangover” effect loomed over the Tigers, the team responded with a convincing 59-26 victory over the Bulldogs.
LSU accumulated 563 total yards of offense in Starkville, with quarterback Zach Mettenberger continuing his success in the passing game. Mettenberger was sharp on Saturday night. He completed 25 of 29 passes for 340 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The senior quarterback continued to progress under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s system. Helping Mettenberger’s development has been the fantastic play of wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
Entering the game, both Landry and Beckham had accounted for 11 of Mettenberger’s 13 touchdown passes. The dynamic duo continued their success on Saturday night by stretching the Bulldogs’ secondary and burning them deep. Landry finished the evening with eight receptions for 96 yards.
Beckham was the star of the game, hauling in nine receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, Landry and Beckham have a combined 77 receptions for 1,302 yards and 13 touchdowns. Both players have now accounted for 71.2 percent of Mettenberger’s 108 completions and will be key components for the Tigers as they enter the heart of their SEC schedule.
Opponents will quickly realize that both players are legitimate big-play threats that continue to make the Tigers one of the most lethal offenses in the nation.