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                   === LSU hammers overmatched Kent State ===
 
 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 00:15:31 ET

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