LIVE BLOG: LSU vs. Kent State
9/14/2013 4:58:38 PM
FINAL: LSU 45, Kent State 13
LSU Kent State Live Blog
Tiger Rag Editor

After a couple of weeks experimenting, the Tiger Rag live blog is back, as LSU get set to host Kent State at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

As far as pregame news goes an hour until kickoff, there's not much to report on. LSU is wearing purple tonight, while Kent State will wear white.

Luke Johnson is heading down to the field for some pregame photos, so we'll post those as they come.

As for what to expect tonight, Kent State shouldn't prove too much of a challenge for the Tigers. The Golden Flashes are coming off a 41-22 loss to Bowling Green last week and surrendered over 500 yards of offense in the MAC opener. Zach Mettenberger should be back up to his recent antics, tossing the ball around the park to Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham.

See if LSU tries to establish a third receiver tonight, be it Travin Dural, Kadron Boone, a tight end, or someone else. Also see how LSU goes to the run tonight. The new look offensive line has been exceptional protecting Mettenberger, but they've missed some assignments and need some technical refining to get the run game back up to full speed.

On the Kent State side, it's all about the health of dynamic playmaker Dri Archer. If the preseason Heisman hopeful is back to full speed, he could give LSU trouble out of the backfield or in the slot, but an ankle injury has kept him out of almost all of Kent State's action so far this year.

Either way, LSU's defense needs to sharpen up and put together four solid quarters. They'll hope to build on a second half shutout of UAB that followed a 17-point, 184-yard 2nd quarter.

We'll be here throughout the night with updates.

Stay tuned.

Depth Chart

A few depth chart updates.

First, after extensive playing time last week, freshmen corners Tre'Davious White and Rashard Robinson have cracked the chart. White is listed as Jalen Collins' backup at one corner, and Robinson is listed third behind Jalen Mills and Dwayne Thomas at the other.

Look for both to get more time tonight. Thomas is still probably LSU's dime/Mustang back, but Robinson and White will continue to get looks on the outside. Collins is the guy who has to fight hardest for his job, and Mills needs a TCU-like performance, rather than what he showed against UAB.

Other than that, nothing new on the LSU side.

Warm Ups

Some defensive notes.

Neither Lamin Barrow or Craig Loston warming up with the first team D.

Micah Eugene is at safety for Loston, and Deion Jones is in for Barrow at Will.

Also, Tre White is lining up at corner instead of Jalen Collins, who was working with the second team.

Barrow is standing pretty far from the action, and Loston, who was injured last week, only participated in limited portions of the warm ups with the defensive backs.

We'll work to get confirmation of their statuses.


Okay, we can confirm that Micah Eugene will start at safety, and White will start at corner for Collins. No word yet on Barrow.

I'll be interested to see who takes over at nickel, where Eugene has started.

First Quarter: LSU 21, Kent State 0

    • Jeremy Hill started at running back. The rest of the starters were as usual, with Dillon Gordon getting the nod at tight end.
    • Jeremy Hill’s 58-yard touchdown was LSU’s longest offensive score since Russell Shepard’s 78-yard run against Idaho last year.
    • With 2 TDs, Jeremy Hill now has five multi-TD games in his career.
    • Jarvis Landry became the first LSU receiver to catch a TD pass in five straight games since Dwayne Bowe in 2004.
    • Jeremy Hill: 9 carries, 95 yards, 2 TDs
    • Zach Mettenberger: 4 of 6, 80 yards, 1 TD
    • Jarvis Landry: 1 catch, 21 yards, 1 TD
    • Travin Dural: 1 catch, 36 yards


    • Craig Loston and Jalen Collins are out of the starting lineup for Micah Eugene and Tre'Davious White. Loston is hurt, but Collins has been demoted for White. The rest of the starters were as usual.
    • Dwayne Thomas first worked as the nickel back, with Kwon Alexander and Lamin Barrow at LB. Eugene slid there later, with Corey Thompson moving to safety.
    • D.J. Welter picked up his first career sack.
    • Lamar Louis took over at Mike on drive 3. Christian LaCouture came in on third drive at tackle, as well.
    • The LSU defense held Kent State to just 34 yards, most of them coming on a 25 yard completion late on a busted coverage.

Special Teams

  • James Hairston's first and third kicks went for a touchback; the second was returned to the 20.
  • Odell Beckham returned a kick for 14 yards and a punt for eight.



LSU - Five plays, 86 yards, 2:41

- Result: 58-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill

- 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.

Kent State – Three plays, two yards, 1:06

- Result: 38-yard punt

- Key play: After an offside penalty, D.J. Welter came out of nowhere to sack quarterback Colin Reardon on third and two.

LSU – Six plays, 56 yards, 2:27

- Result: 21-yard touchdown catch by Jarvis Landry

- 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.

Kent State – Five plays, -16 yards, 3:58

- Result: 34-yard punt

- 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.

LSU – Four plays, 37 yards, 1:35

- Result: 12-yard Jeremy Hill touchdown run

- 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

SECOND QUARTER: LSU 31, Kent State 10



    • Kenny Hilliard started the second quarter at RB.
    • Jonah Austin, wearing No. 99, lined up as extra lineman in goal line
    • Connor Neighbors’ 52-yard reception was the longest gain of his career and the longest reception of the season for LSU.
    • LSU lined up to go for it on 4th and 1 from the KSU 2, but a false start forced them to kick.
    • Jeremy Hill picked up his fifth 100 yard rushing game in just 13 career games.
    • LSU’s 93-yard scoring drive for a 31-7 lead was its longest since Oct. 15, 2011 against Tennessee (99 yards).
    • Mettenberger: 10-of-13, 232 yards, 2 TDs
    • Beckham: 4 rec, 71 yards
    • Landry: 3 rec, 67 yards, 2 TDs
    • Hill: 11 carries, 117 yards
    • TOTALS: 359 yards (232 passing, 127 rushing)
    • 14 First Downs; 2-of-3 on Third Downs; 12.4 yards per play


    • Lamin Barrow got injured on the first play of the quarter, so Deion Jones worked at Will.
    • Jalen Collins lined up at corner for the first full drive of the quarter for KSU.
    • Kendell Beckwith lined up at MLB on LSU’s second full defensive drive.
    • For the second straight week, LSU shut out its opponent in the first quarter, and for the second straight week, it allowed a quick touchdown early in the second quarter.
    • Jordan Allen picked up a big third down tackle to force Kent State into a three and out on its first full drive of the quarter.
    • After the scoring drive, LSU’s defense forced a three and out and then just one first down before forcing another punt.
    • 105 yards allowed
    • 3.8 yards per play allowed
    • Ferguson: 6 tackles, 1.5 FL, 1 sack
    • White: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF



Special Teams

· Terrence Magee nearly fielded a kick, but let it bounce for a touchback.

· Colby Delahoussaye’s 25-yarder was good and was his first made FG in Tiger Stadium.

· James Hairston’s fourth kick was returned to the 20.

· Travin Dural returned a 62-yard KSU punt five yards, but a Jalen Collins block in the back set LSU back 7 yards.

· Dural muffed the next punt and KSU recovered at the LSU 20.

· Micah Eugene went deep to return a kick but let it go out of the endzone.




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.

Special Teams

· Hairston’s first kick: touchback.

· Jamie Keehn shanked a punt for 33 yards.

3rd quarter

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

Special Teams

· Dural made a diving fair catch on a punt

4th quarter

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.

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