BATON ROUGE -- Zach Mettenberger became the first quarterback with five touchdown passes in the 120-year history of LSU football on Saturday night, as the senior led the Tigers past UAB, 56-17, at Tiger Stadium.
Mettenberger led an efficient offensive attack, completing 16-of-19 passes for 282 yards. He broke a record of four touchdowns passing set 11 times previously, most recently by Matt Flynn in the 2008 BCS National Championship against Ohio State.
The prime recipient of Mettenberger's historic night was Odell Beckham Jr., who caught five passes for 136 yards with touchdowns of 29, 22 and 27 yards. Jarvis Landry had the other two touchdown receptions of 24 and 14 yards, finishing with five catches for 71 yards.
Beckham also had a record-setting evening, returning a missed 59-yard field goal from the back of the LSU endzone for a 100 yard scrimmage return. The rare return gave him 331 all-purpose yards, third-best in school history behind Kevin Faulk's 376 against Houston in 1996 and Josh Reed's 338 at Alabama in 2001.
On the ground, Kenny Hilliard led the way with 54 yards on 11 carries, while Jeremy Hill saw his first action of the season and totaled 50 yards on six rushes with a 3-yard score.
LSU outgained UAB, 445-296. Of the Blazers' 296 yards, 182 came in a second-quarter outburst when UAB scored all 17 of its points.
The Blazers were led by Darrin Reaves' 84 yards rushing on 14 attempts with an 11-yard touchdown. Jordan Howard added 60 rushing yards, while quarterback Austin Brown was 9-of-24 passing for 136 yards including a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jamarcus Nelson.
|AUG 31||8:00pm CDT||TCU|
|SEP 7||6:00pm CDT||UAB|
|SEP 14||6:00pm CDT||Kent St.|
|SEP 28||TBA||at Georgia|
|OCT 5||TBA||at Mississippi St.|
|OCT 19||TBA||at Ole Miss|
|NOV 9||TBA||at Alabama|
|NOV 23||TBA||Texas A&M|
|NOV 29||1:30pm CDT||Arkansas|