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NCAA Game Summary - Kent State at LSU



(Saturday, September 14th)

Final Score: (8) LSU 45, Kent State 13

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Zach Mettenberger threw for three touchdowns and Jeremy Hill had two on the ground for No. 8 LSU, which rolled to a 45-13 victory over Kent State to remain unbeaten on the young season.

Mettenberger completed 13-of-18 attempts for 264 yards without a turnover, while Hill racked up 117 yards on just 11 carries to help the Tigers (3-0) to their FBS-record 44th consecutive non-conference regular-season win.

Jarvis Landry was on the receiving end of two of Mettenberger's scoring passes, while Odell Beckham finished with five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in the rout.

"LSU's a very good football team," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes. "I give them a lot of credit. They had a good game plan, and it was very well coached."

Colin Reardon threw for 190 yards on 20-of-29 efficiency for Kent State (1-2) and scored the Golden Flashes' lone touchdown on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.

The Tigers dominated right from the beginning, putting up points on each of their first five offensive possessions to build a commanding 31-7 lead late in the opening half.

Hill, LSU's leading rusher as a freshman last season who was suspended for the opener, made his first start of the year and began the barrage by ripping off a 58-yard touchdown run just 2:41 into the game.

"He picked up right where he left off," said Mettenberger. "He hit the ground running, and I'm excited to see what he will do in the future."

LSU struck quickly again on its next drive after forcing a swift three-and- out. Mettenberger hit Travin Dural for a 36-yard gain on the second play of the series to move the Tigers deep in Kent State territory, then later capped the 6-play, 57-yard sequence with a 21-yard strike to Landry that put LSU up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

The Tigers moved the ball with ease on their subsequent trip as well, needing just four plays to churn out 37 yards after receiving good field position when the defense again pinned the Golden Flashes back. Hill found the end zone once more, this time on a 12-yard burst, to extend the margin to 21 points entering the second quarter.

Kent State was finally able to generate some momentum on its third drive of the game, in which Reardon went 5-for-5 for 71 yards and got the Flashes on the board via a 2-yard run just over two minutes into the second period. However, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors took a short pass 52 yards on the Tigers' first play after the ensuing kickoff, setting up Colby Delahoussaye's 25-yard field goal that increased the lead to 24-7.

The Tigers then marched 93 yards in just eight snaps the next time they had the ball. Mettenberger and Beckham teamed up for a pair of big pass plays, and Landry hauled in a 31-yard heave from Mettenberger for his second touchdown of the night 4:14 prior to the intermission.

Kent State was able to pull to within 31-10 at the half, converting a fumbled punt by Dural at the LSU 20 into Anthony Melchiori's 37-yard field goal that came 17 seconds before the break.

Reardon got the Golden Flashes into the red zone on his team's second possession of the second half, though Kent State wound up settling for a 36- yard Melchiori field goal that trimmed LSU's advantage to 31-13 late in the third quarter.

"I still think he's continued to get better each week," said Haynes of Reardon, a redshirt freshman."

Kent State never got any closer, as the LSU offense put together two more long touchdown jaunts to pull away in the final frame.

The Tigers gained 75 yards in nine plays, highlighted by Mettenberger's 28- yard connection with Travis Dickson to the KSU two, and increased their cushion to 25 points when Mettenberger hit Beckham for a 5-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Terrence Magee lengthened the Tigers' lead to 45-13 just over four minutes later, following a 25-yard run with a 13-yard scamper into the end zone with 10:44 left.

Game Notes

Magee finished with 108 yards on nine rushes, with 307 of LSU's 571 total yards coming on the ground ... The Tigers haven't lost to a non-conference opponent in the regular season since a 26-8 setback at Virginia Tech in 2002, and own the nation's longest winning streak in September at 28 games ... Mettenberger has thrown for nine touchdowns over LSU's first three outings ... Kent State fell to 0-12 all-time against SEC members, with eight of those defeats coming by 30 or more points.

09/15 00:14:44 ET

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Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
8th
SDP 5
ANA 4
 
8th
ATL 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR