The ninth-ranked LSU Tigers came out of Dallas last week with a big-time victory over the TCU Horned Frogs. The Tigers didn't want to fall into a trap game as they faced the UAB Blazers on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in the nightly confines of Death Valley. Zach Mettenberger and Odell Beckham made sure that didn't happen.
LSU had their home opener and absolutely demolished UAB 56-17.
The Tigers started things off very quickly by getting off to a 21-0 start and ending the first quarter that way. That big lead is thanks in part to 28 and 22-yard touchdown passes from Mettenberger to Beckham. Kenny Hilliard scored the third touchdown on a one-yard run.
In the second quarter, LSU running back Jeremy Hill got into the action after being suspended for the first game of the season and scored on a three-yard run. Jarvis Landry also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass for Mettenberger's third scoring throw.
UAB showed some life though as they scored on their last three possessions of the quarter to go into halftime down only 35-17.
Once the second half started though, it was all LSU again. Mettenberger his Beckham again for a 27-yard touchdown and then found Landry for another 15-yard score. It was a missed field goal by UAB that ended up being the highlight of the night though.
After having a drive stall as the third quarter was winding down, UAB decided to go for a 59-yard field goal. It ended up falling just short and Beckham was back to field the missed kick. Beckham started right and then cut back left and simply ran past everyone on the field to the end zone.
Beckham's return will officially go down as a 100-yard return, but he ran it 109 yards for the score.
From there, the fourth quarter began and LSU took out their starters and just worked on running out the clock to start the season 2-0.
While the Tigers had some shaky moments, mostly on defense; it really was a clean game for LSU. They hardly committed any penalties, looked strong on defense, and overly impressive on offense. The Tigers have a lot of weapons on both sides of the ball and could truly be national championship contenders.