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LSU QB Zach Mettenberger leaves game briefly after hit

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The excitement LSU fans felt for the start of the Zach Mettenberger era was put on hold briefly. Though the Tigers are having no trouble handling North Texas as expected, there was a moment of concern in Tiger Stadium.

Late in the first quarter, Mettenberger took a shot from UNT cornerback Hilbert Jackson on a third-down play. Mettenberger was taken to the sideline and attended to by team trainers. He would eventually head to the locker room before emerging back on to the field a short time later.

It was thought that perhaps Mettenberger had suffered a concussion and he sat out a few series. He’s been solid so far tonight, throwing for 97 yards as LSU leads UNT 24-7 with just a couple of minutes before halftime.

Based on the hit Mettenberger took, a couple more scores and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Les Miles pull his starter.

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8 Responses to “LSU QB Zach Mettenberger leaves game briefly after hit”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 9:00 PM

    Met may have had his bell rung more than he let on, since his passes since that hit have not had the timing or accuracy they had before it. Maybe he needs to sit out awhile and maybe Rivers needs to play the remainder of this game. No need to risk further injury to him in this game, the SEC season with some real tough games are coming.

    Many of the LSU posters on CFT are under water at this moment and without power. Thank God for what southernpatriots are doing to provide hot food (cooked on their wood and propane smokers and grills) for many who are at this moment homeless and unable to return to their homes due to flood waters.

  2. barbeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 9:38 PM

    The LSU o-line seems a bit shaky. How is UNT getting so much pressure?

  3. tigersgeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 9:49 PM

    I don’t think its the O-Line, I think Mett is taking a 1/2 second or so too long in the pocket. He needs to release more quickly and many of the missed passes would have been completions and of course the defensive pressure would not be upon him. I think when his bell was rung it was a missed assignment but those wrinkles and blips will be ironed out in this game and the next couple.

  4. suprmous says: Sep 2, 2012 12:24 AM

    tigersgeaux, how bout that showin Zack had even tho he came up short somewhat in his stats? I’m with you on stayin in the pocket a bit too long. It’s not like him but then again I’m not him and havin to look over the opposition’s D either. I’m convinced he’ll get it together, I just have a strong feelin. Not takin anything away from Rivers and don’t get me wrong, if it turns out that Steven plays more than Zack I’ll just have to learn to eat crow. Lord knows I’ve come close on bein an expert on how to fix it and eatin shouldn’t be that hard, just in case send me your favorite recipe if you have one;hahaha (that is if you admit you’ve had to eat it).

  5. barbeaux says: Sep 2, 2012 12:40 AM

    Too long in the pocket? Really. The average pass yards per attempt was 7.4…that’s not very deep. Are LSU receivers that slow or covered that well by UNT? It’s not like he was standing in the pocket a few seconds before pressure. UNT was getting thru quickly quite a few times.

  6. tigersgeaux says: Sep 2, 2012 1:50 AM


    Mett usually released the ball quicker, it seems. I usually have the benefit of playing back the game several times and having my brothers and uncle help analyze it but this time with the power outages, floodings, and all the situation, I will not have that benefit. You may be correct, and I remember at least several occasions where the UNT rush was on Mett and it appeared the OL missed assigned blocks. That part does not make much sense, but I wonder who was in those plays, the senior OL or others?


    There was one crossing route that Mett hit his receiver perfectly with a firm tight pass but with a touch that the receiver could catch it and not break his stride. The defender had his defended the best he could.

    Another pass from Mett also demonstrated why he is better than all LSU had the past years. I think LSU coaches kept Mett tight with short passes in this game to give him experience and confidence. One ill advised and rushed pass resulted in an INT. Based just on his stats today, and the type of passes he delivered, he improves LSU’s offense and brings much better balance.

    Mett has always known that his most important function is to hand off to Hilliard, Ford et al which he did very well today. Mett’s stats were really good for a first FBS game. Hilliard’s stats were great. Look to see more confidence and more effective passing in the weeks ahead.

    I don’t have a recipe for crow, but I know southernpatriots prepares some great birds! ha.

  7. tigersgeaux says: Sep 2, 2012 8:16 AM

    Streaks extended by LSU tonight: nation-leading 18-game home winning streak (last loss: Florida, 2009); nation-leading 38-game non-conference regular-season winning streak (last loss: Virginia Tech, 2002); nation-leading 14 consecutive regular season wins (last loss: Arkansas, 2010); 22 consecutive wins in month of September (last loss: Auburn, 2006).

    LSU has won 21-straight games when winning the turnover battle and is 38-4 under Les Miles after winning the TO battle.

    LSU is now 27-2 when having a running back go over 100 yards rushing. (only losses: Georgia, 2008; Arkansas, 2007).

    LSU has returned punts for touchdowns in three out of its last four games, including back-to-back home games: Odell Beckham, Jr. 70 yards tonight, Tyrann Mathieu vs. Georgia 62 yards in SEC Championship, Mathieu 92 yards vs. Arkansas.

    Under Les Miles, LSU now owns 18 special teams touchdowns (since 2005).
    b. Beckham’s punt return for a touchdown marked the first time that an LSU player has returned a punt for a touchdown in a season opener since Patrick Peterson returned a punt 87 yards for a score in the second quarter in a 30-24 victory over No. 18 North Carolina on Sept. 4, 2010. LSU has scored a TD on a punt return in five straight seasons.

    North Texas’ first first down came with 14:06 in the second quarter. The Tigers held them to no first downs in the first quarter.

    LSU improved to 86-28-5 overall in season openers and is now 8-0 in season openers under Les Miles. The Tigers have won 10 consecutive season openers and 16 of the last 17 (loss was against Virginia Tech, 2002).

    LSU produced two running backs over 100 yards in the same game for the first time since the 2011 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M when Stevan Ridley (105) and Spencer Ware (102) did it.

    It’s also the first time two Tiger running backs have gone over 100 yards in a season-opener since LSU beat Oregon State, 45-7, on Sept. 18, 1982. Dalton Hilliard (133) and Garry James (128) did it.

    LSU finished the game with 508 yards of total offense, marking the first time the Tigers have surpassed 500 yards of total offense in a game since gaining 595 yards in a 58-10 victory over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 10, 2007.

    This was Zach’s first FBS game. He did well, much better than his predecessors and will do even better as he gains real game experience. The short passes he threw was what plays were called. They will will get longer in the next game.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 3, 2012 3:43 AM

    Note to all:

    I have only had electrical power for about 2 hours now. I was told it may not last the night, so I have AC working while it can and I will quickly post here.

    It has been confirmed that Zach Mettenberger was tackled and hurt on a blitz that was NOT picked up by the OL who was supposed to block that player. A missed assignment by Zach’s protection, not Zach.

    It is really strange that so many here on CFT and Alabama fans on other blogs want to degrade Zach in his first game, while he performed better than many veteran QBs throughout the SEC and country on Saturday. All must remember this was his first major college football game and he will get better. The OL will be instructed how to pick up that kind of blitz, according to the LSU OC.

    Just relax. LSU coaches know what they are doing. What is our alternative, if they don’t? ha.

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