- Key play: Jeremy Hill looked tentative on his first few carries after earning his first start of the season, but he didn’t look that way on his last carry of the drive. The line opened up a huge hole for him, which he hit fast and hard. No Golden Flash was going to catch him. LSU 7, Kent State 0.
- Key play: After an offside penalty, D.J. Welter came out of nowhere to sack quarterback Colin Reardon on third and two.
- Key play: On third and 20, Mettenberger heaved the ball into tight coverage in the endzone. It might’ve been picked had Jarvis Landry not gone up and stole it from the defender. Tremendous catch by the junior wideout, who now has a TD grab in each of LSU’s games this season. LSU 14, Kent State 0.
- Key play: After a couple penalties, Ego Ferguson stormed through on third and long to sack quarterback Colin Reardon, nearly forcing a fumble and scoring in the process.
- Key play: On third down and five, Mettenberger lobbed a ball deep to Beckham in the endzone. Beckham had beaten his man but the ball was underthrown. As he came back for it, he was interfered with, giving LSU a first down and setting up Hill’s TD. LSU 21, Kent State 0
Kent State – Nine plays, 75 yards, 4:37
- Result: Two-yard touchdown run by Colin Reardon
- Key play: Reardon found Tyshon Goode, who beat Jalen Mills, for nine yards on 3rd and 6 to keep the drive alive. The Golden Flashes would score three plays later. LSU 21, Kent State 7
LSU – Six plays, 68 yards, 2:56
- Result: 25-yard field goal by Colby Delahoussaye
- Key play: Aside from a 52-yard catch and run by Connor Neighbors (I KNOW, RIGHT?), the most intriguing thing came on a play that never officially happened. The Tigers lined up with a power formation on 3rd and three from the Golden Flashes’ four, and Kenny Hilliard came a yard short. Without hesitation, LSU lined up in the same formation on 4th and one. LSU was called for a false start, which led to Delahoussaye’s field goal. But the intention was there. LSU 24, Kent State 7
Kent State – Three plays, nine yards,
- Result: 62-yard punt
- Key play: Jordan Allen screamed around the edge on a 3rd and one to plug Kent State and end the drive.
LSU – Eight plays, 93 yards, 3:40
- Result: 31-yard touchdown catch by Jarvis Landry
- Key play: No one particular play here, just a surgical drive by Mettenberger. He went 4-for-5 for 88 yards, his only miss coming when he tried to hit Beckham on a bomb down the middle of the field. Precise. LSU 31, Kent State 7
Kent State – Five plays, 10 yards, 1:36
- Result: 43-yard punt
- Key play: Ego Ferguson and Freak Johnson combined to make a vicious stop on 3rd and 4.
LSU – Travin Dural fumbled the punt, Kent State recovered at the LSU 20.
Kent State – Four plays, four yards, 1:11
- Result: 37-yard field goal
- Key play: Travin Dural’s fumbled punt set up Kent State’s "scoring drive” late in the half. Les Miles called a timeout with a little more than a minute remaining hoping to add another score and it backfired. Might not see Dural back there again this week. LSU 31, Kent State 10
THIRD QUARTER: LSU 31, Kent State13
- Alfred Blue started the second half at RB.
- Dural split out wide by himself on LSU’s second pass of the half and was targeted downfield
- Terrence Magee took the first carry of the second drive 41 yards, which was brought back 27 yards for a block in the back. Net gain of 14.
- The first drive of the third quarter was the first drive the offense went scoreless on for the night, excluding the kneel to end the second quarter.
- Jalen Collins started at corner again for White opposite Mills. Lorenzo Phillips at Will for Barrow.
- Lacouture came in for Freak, Hunter for Allen after two first downs
- In nickel, Eugene slid inside, and Thompson to safety; Dwayne Thomas played dime/Mustang
- Lamar Louis and Debo Jones came in on the second drive at Mike and Will.
- Eugene and Thompson lined up at safety together for the first time on the night, giving Martin a rest
- Beckwith lined up at DE on third down
- A roughing the passer call on Rasco gave Kent State a first down in LSU territory.
- Collins had nice coverage on a deep shot from KSU at 5:50 mark
- Kent State picked up six first downs in the quarter, as many as they had the entire first half.
· Hairston’s first kick: touchback.
· Jamie Keehn shanked a punt for 33 yards.
Kent State – Nine plays, 36 yards, 5:30
- Result: 25-yard punt
- Key play: Kent State was moving right along on the LSU defense before a chop block penalty stalled the drive. The Golden Flashes went from field goal range to 2nd and 30 from LSU’s 41.
LSU – Four plays, 20 yards, 1:31
- Result: 33-yard punt
- Key play: Mettenberger looked as though he was trying to feed redshirt freshman Travin Dural the ball on two deep throws, but Dural did not look great on either. He had the middle of the field wide open to himself on a first down throw, and Mettenberger led the ball there, but Dural didn’t recognize it and the ball hit the dirt. He tried again on 3rd and 12, but Dural was not able to come down with a jump ball. In a night full of excellent offensive drives, that was by far the worst. Alfred Blue got his first action, by the way.
Kent State – 10 plays, 49 yards, 4:23
- Result: 36-yard field goal
- Key play: Tim Erjavic kept the drive going with a 19-yard catch and run on 3rd and 3, pushing the ball into LSU territory. LSU 31, Kent State 13
LSU - Ended the third quarter with the ball on the Kent State one-yard line.
FOURTH QUARTER: LSU 45, Kent State 13
- First team offense took the field up 25 with 12 to play
- Blue started at tailback
- Jennings got the third drive at quarterback
- Qunatavius Leslie split out wide receiver with Kadron Boone
- Melvin Jones lined up at FB for the first time
- Mettenberger’s 9 TDs through three games is the most in LSU history. Matt Mauck had 8 in 2003’s first three games.
- LSU ran the read option several times with Jennings at QB.
- Rashard Robinson started at corner on the first KSU drive.
- Beckwith started at Mike
- Lewis Neal got reps at DE in the second drive
- Rickey Jefferson got reps at S in the second drive
- LSU looked to get a stop on fourth down, but a favorable spot from the refs gave Kent State a first down.
- Former walkon Jarrett Hardnett, recently awarded a scholarship, lined up at DE
· Dural made a diving fair catch on a punt
LSU – Nine plays, 75 yards, 3:21
- Result: Five yard touchdown catch by Odell Beckham Jr.
- Key play: Mettenberger found a wide open Travis Dickson for a 28-yard gain down the middle of the field to give LSU first and goal at the one. A false start (LSU’s 12th penalty) pushed the Tigers back to the five yard line, but they still punched it in on the next play. LSU 38, Kent State 13
Kent State – Three plays, two yards, 2:28
- Result: 33-yard punt
- Key play: Not much here. It was a standard three and out. But the Golden Flashes are doing a good job playing keep away. Drained 2:28 to gain two yards.
LSU – Five plays, 60 yards, 1:43
- Result: 12-yard touchdown run by Terrance Magee
- Magee obviously has some fresh legs. He bowled over a couple Golden Flashes on his way to the endzone, and prefaced that run with a 24-yard burst. LSU 45, Kent State 13
Kent State – 13 plays, 46 yards, 5:30
- Result: 48-yard field goal MISSED. Wide left.
- Key play: Deion Jones forced Reardon to throw the ball away on 3rd and 15, leading to the long field goal attempt.