Sep 7, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Zach Mettenberger passed for an LSU single-game record five touchdowns and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored four touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Tigers defeated UAB 56-17 on Saturday night.
The Blazers got off to a slow start against the Tigers, trailing 21-0 after the first quarter, but rallied with 17 second quarter points, outscoring LSU by three in the period. UAB amassed 182 offensive yards in the second quarter.
Mettenberger finished 16 of 19 for 282 yards and was not intercepted. Beckham's 136 yards and three TDs receiving were both career highs. He led LSU (2-0) with 331 all-purpose yards.
Darrin Reaves and Jamarcus Nelson each had touchdowns in the first half for UAB (0-2). Reaves' score, which came with 11:11 left in the first half, was the first of the season for the junior running back and the 16th of his career. Reaves finished with 84 rushing yards on 14 attempts.
Nelson's 41-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter was the 11th of his career, moving him into sixth place on the Blazers' all-time receiving charts for touchdown catches.
Quarterback Austin Brown finished the game with 136 yards passing for Blazers, hitting 9-of-24 passes with the touchdown pass to Nelson.
True freshman running back Jordan Howard added 60 yards on the ground for UAB on 14 rushes, all but six of those coming in the second half.
With the loss, UAB falls to 1-1 all-time against the Tigers. UAB has played a Southeastern Conference opponent now 20 times in its history and will make that 21 when the Blazers travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Vanderbilt on September 28.