Furman vs. LSU: Live Score and Highlights
LSU 48, Furman 16—Final
The LSU Tigers out-gain the Furman Paladins 394 to 49 in the second half en route to a 48-16 victory.
It wasn’t pretty early on, with a pick-six by Zach Mettenberger and sloppy performances by the defense and special teams. But a dominant second half that saw LSU control the game in every phase led to a blowout on homecoming.
Here is a full analysis of the game's critical moments below.
Here are 10 things we learned from LSU's victory.
FINAL: No. 13 #LSU (7-2) 48, Furman (3-5) 16. Tigers have week off before playing at Bama, probably in prime time on CBS, Nov. 9.— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) October 27, 2013
With that said, the Tigers will enjoy going into an open date, as the lingering injuries on offense are starting to catch up to LSU.
The bye week will enable LSU to heal up before entering a critical contest against Alabama.
The Tigers racked up impressive stats in the blowout victory, but did LSU accomplish its goal in this game?
With the Tigers failing to get the young players reps, you could almost say the only thing LSU accomplished was padding stats for players that are already accomplished.
Here's a quarter-by-quarter scoring breakdown, via NCAA.com.
That'll do it for this one. LSU completely dominated the second half.
Furman gets a nice completion to Travin Dural. That's the future of this LSU offense, folks. Get used to hearing that. Seconds remaining in the contest.
Rickey Jefferson rushed hard from the safety position to halt any momentum being produced by Furman. The Paladins fail to complete the first-down conversion. Story of the game.
Jennings has an incomplete pass on third down, as Furman bats a ball away from fellow true freshman DeSean Smith. Well, the reps in this game were shortly lived for Jennings.
Here comes the pistol with Jennings. On the first snap he receives, he fakes it and tucks, showing off his speed and athleticism.
Furman punts it away and Jennings will enter the ballgame for the Tigers.
The Tigers are nearing the 600-yard mark.
Do not understand why Mettenberger is in there just to hand off. Anthony Jennings should be playing. #LSU— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) October 27, 2013
The Tigers are running a conventional running offense with a secured victory, and Jennings stays on the sideline. It seems as if every superstar on offense is on the bench besides Mettenberger. Tigers get a first down on a Hilliard scamper.
So Mettenberger comes back into the game with the second-team offensive line subbing into the game. Makes absolutely no sense.
Furman punts and LSU takes over at the Tiger 17 with 12:01 left in the game. #LSUWIN— LSU Football (@LSUfball) October 27, 2013
Furman running out of gas. The Tigers force another punt, as this game is already over, folks. Mettenberger looks to be going back into the ballgame. That's another questionable call by LSU's coaching staff.
Anthony Jennings is not yet warming up for the Tigers. At a certain point, you have to expect the young quarterback to get some reps.
The third quarter ends with another impressive LSU run. The Tigers are getting back to their true identity.
There's that Tiger swarm. LSU playing much better defensively. The Tigers are playing much more disciplined, getting pressure on Haney while providing solid coverage on the outside. Furman did not record a first down in the third quarter.
After a lackluster first-half performance, the Tigers finally showed up in the second half, dominating this third quarter. The Tigers have out-gained the Paladins 205 to 11.
Touchdown LSU - Mett connects with FB Melvin Jones for Jones’ first TD as a Tiger. LSU 35 Furman 16, 1:56 Q3.— Dandy Don LSU Sports (@dandydonlsu) October 27, 2013
LSU 34, Furman 16—3rd Quarter (1:56)
Melvin Jones gets his first career touchdown as he scores on a pass in the flats.
The Tigers have utilized running backs out of the backfield much better in 2013 than they ever did in 2012. Back-to-back explosions from Blue sets the Tigers up with a first-and-goal.
Has Mettenberger ever completed a pass while scrambling out of the pocket? I can't say I recall him ever completing one in an LSU uniform.
How good is Jeremy Hill? Highlight reel run after run. Tonight was his 19th career game. He's gone over 100 yds rushing in 9 of those. #LSU— Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin) October 27, 2013
This is indeed the Jeremy Hill show. His patience and ability to spin on a dime gave the Tigers another first down. LSU is making up for no second-half rushes from Hill.
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