LSU Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 3 Game vs. Idaho

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

LSU Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 3 Game vs. Idaho

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    It wasn't supposed to be close on paper, and after 60 minutes of football, LSU's Saturday night matchup against Idaho was anything but close.

    The Tigers dominated both sides of the ball in a commanding 63-14 blowout victory over the Vandals.

    Les Miles' club was just about perfect in every aspect of the football game, but what did we learn about the Tigers from this game?

    Who were the individual standouts and who would we have liked to see more production from?

    Let's go ahead and break down the winners and losers from the Tigers' Week 3 win over Idaho.

    Bleacher Report Style!

Winner: LSU Passing Game

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    Zach Mettenberger was outstanding in this game.

    Of course, he was throwing against a secondary that doesn't compare to the SEC of course, but non-the-less, it had to be a nice sign for LSU fans to see their first-year starting quarterback play near-flawless football.

    Mettenberger completed 17-of-22 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the win. He spread the ball around well as four LSU players had three-or-more catches.

    This is a positive sign for LSU fans as Mettenberger will have a much more challenging matchup next week against Auburn in the SEC opener on Saturday.

Loser: Idaho Run Game

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    This could be a case of LSU's run defense being great, but either way, Idaho's running game was non-existent in this game.

    The Vandals ran for a lousy 39 yards on 26 carries, which is an average of just 1.5 yards-per-carry. They did not have a single back run for over 20 yards in this game.

    Now, Idaho hasn't been an elite running team up to this point, but 39 yards is just downright pathetic on 26 carries.

    Again, credit the Tigers' defense for part of this, but Idaho's running game undoubtatly falls into the "loser" column here.

Winner: LSU's Run Game

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    LSU's running game is the deepest in the nation, and this game just proved that point even more so than in the first two weeks.

    The Tigers had three backs combine for more than 220 yards on the ground. Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard have been mainstays in this LSU backfield, but Jeremy Hill is a guy who came out of nowhere to rush for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

    Hill, who is a freshman back, did not receive a single carry in the first two games. He was buried on the depth chart behind four backs, but had a coming out party Saturday and gave Les Miles yet another weapon to implement into this potent rushing attack.

    Hilliard led the Tigers in rushing with 116 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. Blue added 46 yards and a score in the win.

    This backfield is simply as good as it gets in college football.

Loser: Idaho Quarterback Play

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    Dominique Blackman came into this game with plenty of confidence, but he left with a lack there of.

    Blackman completed 23 passes, which is sold, but for just 174 yards, an average of 4.8 yards-per-reception, which is certainly nothing to write home about.

    He also threw an eye-popping four interceptions in the loss, which certainly didn't help his team's cause.

    Of course, some of this can be credited towards LSU's secondary, but Blackman didn't show up in this one.

Winner: Ronald Martin

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    Ronald Martin was an unknown commodity for this LSU football team, but now, this sophomore has made a big name for himself.

    Martin started at safety in place of Craig Loston and snagged two key interceptions in the LSU win.

    Both of Martin's interceptions were off of deflections from cornerback Jalen Collins, but non-the-less, the kid was in the right place at the right time.

    In fact, Martin returned his second interception for a 45-yard score, which opened up an early 21-7 lead for the Tigers.

    If you didn't know about Ronald Martin before this game, you certainly should now.

Loser: Justin Veltung

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    Why is Justin Veltung on this list?

    Better yet, who is Justin Veltung?

    He is a senior wide receiver for the Vandals, and here is his stat line from Saturday night's game against LSU.

    Receptions: 3 catches for 12 yards

    Punt returns: 2 returns for -5 yards

    Kickoff returns: 14.0 kick return average

    Those are pretty pathetic numbers from a guy that is supposed to be Idaho's top playmaker.