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       === Blazers head to bayou seeking upset of ninth-ranked Tigers ===
 
 Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - After sneaking into the top-10 following a
 big win in their season opener, the ninth-ranked LSU Tigers kick off the home
 portion of their schedule on Saturday night against the UAB Blazers.
 
 UAB started its 2013 campaign on the road, and even though it held a 14-point
 advantage heading into the fourth quarter versus Troy, it faltered down the
 stretch and eventually lost in overtime, 34-31. The Blazers had an opportunity
 to get on the board first in the extra session but botched their field goal
 attempt, which allowed Troy to boot the game-winning field goal.
 
 "We are focused on getting ourselves better," UAB head coach Garrick McGee
 said on playing such a high-profile game. "We have to spend the next couple of
 days studying the film and figuring out who we are. I think it is a really
 good thing for our kids to play in that type of environment (at LSU)."
 
 LSU's highly-anticipated campaign began at the Fourth Annual Cowboys Classic
 against No. 20 TCU, and it stepped up to claim an impressive 37-27 triumph for
 its 11th straight season-opening win. The Tigers are in the midst of the
 nation's longest non-conference, regular-season winning streak, which
 currently sits at an FBS-record 42 games.
 
 "I certainly enjoyed that victory," LSU head coach Les Miles said following
 the opener. "I think it was a sloppy opener at times for us. Things that we
 could do to improve certainly have made a very, very significant difference in
 this game. But all in all...it's nice to start the season (1-0)."
 
 UAB won the only previous outing between these two teams, claiming a 13-10
 triumph on a last-second field goal in 2000 at Tiger Stadium.
 
 Despite its season-opening loss, UAB pieced together a fine offensive showing
 versus Troy, racking up 453 total yards, although it was hindered by a lack of
 success on third down (2-of-14).
 
 Most of the Blazers' success was thanks to Jamarcus Nelson, who enjoyed a
 historic evening with a school-record 367 all-purpose yards. Nelson was a
 monster as a receiver, tallying 10 receptions for 199 yards and two
 touchdowns, and he also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score (also a school
 record).
 
 While overshadowed by Nelson's performance, sophomore quarterback Austin Brown
 had an excellent game as well, completing 19-of-29 passes for 301 yards with
 three touchdowns and no interceptions.
 
 Darrin Reaves, a First Team All-Conference USA selection in 2012, was solid
 out of the backfield, turning 23 carries in 110 yards for his fourth-career
 100-yard game. Jamari Staples was fantastic in his team debut with six
 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
 
 There was much less to cheer about on the defensive side of the ball for the
 Blazers, however, as they yielded nearly 500 yards to Troy and allowed Corey
 Robinson to complete an NCAA-record 93.8 percent of his passes (30-of-32).
 
 Jake Ganus tallied a career-best 11 tackles, two of which where for a loss,
 and he also forced a fumble. Diaheem Watkins registered the team's only sack.
 
 While the LSU offense struggled with consistency in its opener, there was
 still plenty to be proud of by game's end. The Tigers finished with 448 yards
 of total offense, converted 13-of-19 third downs, and scored on all six of
 their trips to the red zone.
 
 Zach Mettenberger wasn't his sharpest, as he completed just 50 percent of his
 passes (16-of-32), although he finished with 251 yards and a touchdown. He
 came up with big plays on third down as well, which pleased his head coach.
 
 "We're throwing the ball for bigger plays," Miles said. "We're being able to
 convert on third downs. I think that's one of the real successes of the
 offense at this point."
 
 With Jeremy Hill serving a suspension, the Tigers turned to Terrence Magee and
 Alfred Blue to share the load in the backfield. Magee was the more effective
 runner, turning 13 carries into 95 yards and two touchdowns, although Blue (19
 carries, 89 yards) was strong in his own right.
 
 For the first time since 2002, LSU had two receivers eclipse the 100-yard
 mark. Jarvis Landry hauled in eight balls for 109 yards, including a 20-yard
 touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, and Odell Beckham tallied 118 yards on
 five receptions.
 
 The Tigers defense surrendered a handful of big plays on the night, but
 otherwise held the Horned Frogs in check to the tune of just 259 yards. The
 unit excelled in pass coverage, holding TCU's quarterbacks to just 145 yards
 on 28 attempts.
 
 Jalen Mills tied a team-high with five tackles and also picked off a pass in
 the third quarter, which led to an LSU touchdown. Danielle Hunter logged 1.5
 TFL, 0.5 sack and a forced fumble.
 
 
 
 09/04 11:29:37 ET

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