With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, the LSU Tigers were struck a major blow when quarterback Zach Mettenberger went down with an injury. LSU turned the offense over to freshman signal caller Anthony Jennings to complete the rally against the Arkansas Razorbacks and he responded. His play not only lifted the Tigers to another Golden Boot victory but also set the stage for a bright future under center in Baton Rouge.
Trailing 27-24, LSU took possession on their own 1-yard line with just 3:04 to play in the game. Jennings orchestrated a fantastic drive and went 99 yards in eight plays in under two minutes, capped by a 49-yard passing touchdown from Jennings to Travin Dural. That touchdown proved to be the difference as the LSU defense held Arkansas on their next drive and the Tigers escaped with a 31-27 win. He finished the day 4-of-7 passing for 76 yards with the touchdown and no interceptions to go along with 26 yards rushing.
It was the first time that he’s been called on to really lead the offense on a critical drive. He’s seem limited action throughout the season as a running option at quarterback. He still has more rushing attempts in 2013 (14) than pass attempts (10), though the game against Arkansas was the first time we’ve seen what he’s capable of when leading a drive. Jennings answered the call very well in this game and gives Les Miles plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the position.
With his dual-threat ability to run and pass, Jennings could become a serious X-factor for the LSU offense down the line. With Mettenberger in his final year of eligibility, Jennings appears like the next man up to lead the Tigers’ offense. If Saturday was any indication, they will be in very good hands.