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Kickoff for the LSU-UAB game was delayed by 40 minutes due to lightning, but those bolts of electricity were nothing compared to the strikes of the Tigers offense.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for a school-record five touchdown passes on the night. He was 16 of 19 for 282 yards. He also did not throw an interception. LSU's offense finished with 445 total yards to UAB's 296. LSU is now 2-0 on the season. UAB is 0-2.
Three of Mettenberger's touchdown passes went to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who scored a fourth touchdown by returning a missed field goal attempt. Beckham finished third in LSU history with 331 all-purpose yards in the game. He had 136 yards receiving, a 100-yard touchdown return on a missed field goal, 59 punt return yards, 21 yards on kickoff returns and 15 yards rushing.
LSU struck paydirt first with a laser from Mettenberger to wide receiver Beckham from 29 yards out in the first quarter. But, the Tigers were just getting warmed up as Mettenberger found Beckham again for another score in the first.
Running back Kenny Hilliard clenched the ending of the opening quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Tigers to a 21-0 lead. Hilliard finished the game with 11 carries for 54 yards to lead all LSU rushers.
Moving into the second quarter, running back Jeremy Hill saw his first playing time of the season. He entered the game and scored another touchdown for LSU. The Tigers were leading early in the game with a score of 28-0 against UAB. Hill had six carries for 50 yards in the game.
With 11 minutes left in the second quarter, UAB scored its first touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run by Darrin Reaves.
However, it was soon an afterthought as Mettenberger completed a pass to wide receiver Jarvis Landry for a 24-yard touchdown and a 35-7 lead. Landry finished with five catches for 71 yards.
The Blazers scored again on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Brown to wide receiver Jamarcus Nelson after they recovered a Jarvis Landry fumble. They later trimmed LSU's lead to 35-17 with a 24-yard field goal.
But, the Mettenberger-Beckham connection once again paid big dividends for the Tigers early in the third quarter in the form of a 27-yard hookup to give the home team a 42-17 advantage.
Minutes later, Mettenberger threw the record-setting touchdown pass to Landry from 14 yards out. The Tigers put up another score on a heads up play by Beckham. UAB tried a 59-yard field goal, which was way short and the return specialist caught it and took it 100 yards to the end zone.
Mettenberger's prolific passing overshadowed the usual potent ground game LSU fans are accustomed to seeing. The Tigers rushed the ball 34 times for 153 yards. UAB gained 160 yards on the ground. LSU's defense had three sacks in the game.
LSU faces Kent St. (1-1) next week in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU.