The LSU Tigers manhandled the Idaho Vandals on Saturday night, turning a 28-14 halftime lead into a 63-14 final. Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 17 of 22 pass for 222 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception, and running back Kenny Hilliard lead LSU on the ground with 116 yards on just 11 carries. Despite the domination on the stat sheet and the huge victory, the gang over at SB Nation's LSU blog And The Valley Shook saw some sloppy play on the field at times in the Tigers' easy victory:
Overall, this game reminded me a lot of LSU's opener. Sloppy at times. Not really bad. Even saying LSU really struggled would be a bit disingenuous here, because the first 60-point scoring output since 1997 came without much effort. Just...sloppy. The Tigers played like they knew they could drop the hammer on this team at any moment -- and while we'd all like to see a rampaging Mongol horde in purple & gold every week, the reality is we're still watching 85 college students -- if they get through a disinterested blowout without injury, then really the mission is accomplished. At the risk of an incredible cliché, the coaching staff will still have plenty to harp on over the next week.
LSU will next face Auburn, on Sept. 22 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN.