Kent State at LSU: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IISeptember 14, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers avoids a tackle by Matthew Willis #39 of the Idaho Vandals at Tiger Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU Tigers defeated the Idaho Vandals 63-14.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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No. 8 LSU rolled to a 45-13 victory over Kent State Saturday night in Death Valley. Check out the grades for the Tigers here.

LSU 45, Kent State 13 — Final

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Game analysis for the LSU Tigers:

Pass Offense: Zach Mettenberger continued his excellent season, putting up 264 yards with three touchdowns on 13-of-18 passing. He found plenty of open receivers and connected frequently. Even when covered, LSU receivers made plays that made their quarterback look good.

Run Offense: LSU's offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and their deep backfield punished the Golden Flashes' defense with hard-nosed rushing. The Tigers dominated on the ground with 305 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 8.2 yards per carry.

Pass Defense: Colin Reardon was efficient but finished 20-of-29, passing for 190 yards. He wasn't able to do much of anything downfield, though. The Tigers sacked him twice, pressured him often and maintained solid coverage throughout the game.

Run Defense: The Tigers' defensive line dominated the point of attack and swarmed the ball-carrier to shut down Kent State's rushing game. The Golden Flashes ended up with just 1.8 yards per carry and were limited to 58 total rushing yards.

Special Teams: Excluding a muffed punt and untimely penalty in the first half, LSU's special teams units were solid in all phases.

Coaching: Les Miles and his staff get credit for preparing their team and having them ready to play at the top of their game against a lesser Mid-American Conference team.



First-half analysis for the LSU Tigers:

Pass Offense: When not pressured, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was nearly flawless passing the football. He threw the ball at will, finding five different receivers for 232 yards and two scores. The quarterback's only blemishes were two hurried incompletions and a deep ball that was batted down.

Run Offense: LSU's offensive line dominated in the first half. On their first drive, textbook blocking sprung Jeremy Hill right through the heart of the Golden Flashes defense for a 58-yard touchdown run. They continued that early success, putting up 129 yards and two touchdowns with an 8.6 yards-per-carry average.

Pass Defense: The Tigers' pass defense was solid throughout the first half but had a couple of hiccups in the second quarter. Despite consistent pressure on quarterback Colin Reardon, Kent State moved the ball effectively down the field because of some mix-ups in LSU's secondary.

Run Defense: LSU dominated the point of attack and stifled the Golden Flashes' rushing efforts. Reardon's 14-yard read-option run and one-yard play-action touchdown rush were the only notable plays they mustered in the first half.

Special Teams: Colby Delahoussaye was solid, forcing four touchbacks and booting a 25-yard field goal. However, LSU muffed a punt and committed an illegal block in the back that pinned them back at their own 7-yard line.

Coaching: Cam Cameron mixed it up on offense to keep the Golden Flashes off balance and keep the running lanes open. The Tigers cruised and made their staff look brilliant in the first half.