The No. 3 LSU Tigers defeated the Idaho Vandals, 63-14, on Sept. 15 at Tiger Stadium. With the victory, the Tigers improved to 2-0 against Idaho all-time and set an NCAA FBS record for consecutive regular season non-conference wins with 40.
Tigers Disappoint In First Half
The first half for LSU left a lot to be desired for Tiger fans. The first quarter ended with a promising start and a 14-0 LSU lead from a touchdown pass and a touchdown run. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger began the second half by throwing his second red zone interception of the 2012 season. The interception was nearly returned for a touchdown and allowed the Vandals to eventually get seven points from their short drive. LSU responded on defense with an interception return for a touchdown by safety Ronald Martin. However, the Vandals put together a sustained drive after the pick six and scored a touchdown. A late touchdown drive gave LSU a two-score lead at the half.
Tigers Use Big Second Half To Pull Away From Idaho
The Tiger offense came out flat to start the second half, but the defense swung the momentum in LSU's favor for good on Idaho's first drive. Defensive end Lavar Edwards picked off a pass from Vandals quarterback Dominique Blackman and returned it for a touchdown. Edwards' score was part of a 35-0 second half run to close the game for the Tigers. Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill both ran for a pair of touchdowns for LSU in the second half. By the time Mettenberger left the game in the fourth quarter, he had accumulated a career-high 222 passing yards and two touchdowns.
LSU Defense Disrupts Idaho Offense
Although the LSU defense did not record a sack against Idaho, the Tigers did have six tackles for loss and four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). The two interceptions that weren't returned for touchdowns set up touchdown drives for the Tigers. The Vandals were held to just 39 yards rushing on 26 attempts and 174 yards passing on 36 attempts. The LSU secondary was led by Ronald Martin and Jalen Mills who combined for 11 tackles and three interceptions.
The Tigers have not put together a complete game yet this season but have still dominated their opponents. The rushing attack has been the one constant piece of the team which has impressed. The Tigers rolled up another 225+ yard game on the ground against Idaho, with Hilliard's 116 yards and two touchdowns leading the way.
As an LSU fan, I'm tired of seeing the cupcakes and I'm ready to see how the Tigers will play against SEC competition.
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