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99-yard touchdown drive by LSU roasts Razorbacks

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No. 17 LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) quarterback Zach Mettenberger was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter with an injury, putting the fate of the game in the hands of a freshman quarterback. A 49-yard pass from Anthony Jennings to Travin Dural gave LSU a 31-27 lead  to cap a wild 99-yard drive with just 1:15 to play against Arkansas (3-9, 0-8 SEC). The Razorbacks fumbled away the game on their third play after the gut-wrenching drive, sinking Arkansas for the ninth time of the season in Bret Bielema‘s first season with the program.

The Tigers were put to the test by Arkansas, but managed to take advantage of some mistakes by the Razorbacks, namely leaving Dural so open late in the game for that long touchdown play. LSU was also called for seven penalties to just two for Arkansas, but the Razorbacks could not manage to take enough advantage of the penalties.

Mettenberger completed 14 of 22 passes for 156 yards before being knocked out of the game. It is unknown how severe the injury is for the LSU starter, but he has been banged up pretty good in recent weeks. LSU running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown as LSU piled up 470 yards of offense.

With the win LSU is locked in to third place in the SEC West behind Alabama and Auburn and ahead of Texas A&M. The Aggies can end the year with the same record as LSU but the Tigers just defeated Texas A&M to stay ahead of them no matter what happened against Missouri on Saturday.

This first year for Bielema certainly did not go to plan, but even with a record of 0-8 in SEC play this season it may be premature to suggest his job is on the line. What Bielema does with a full year in recruiting could begin to turn things around in 2014, but there is plenty of work to do for the coach who took over a pretty well established program at Wisconsin before taking them to the next level. Now he must attempt to rebuild from scratch. That is quite a different situation.

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18 Responses to “99-yard touchdown drive by LSU roasts Razorbacks”
  1. ddjesus says: Nov 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    #karma. While the Badgers are knocking on the door of a BCS at-large, Bert finished the season winless in his own damn conference!

  2. cometkazie says: Nov 29, 2013 7:11 PM

    Those announcers got on my nerves worse than Vern ever did. There is a time to just shut up!

    Looked to me Jennings threw that TD with just a flick of his wrist. I hope he pans out next year.

  3. raysfan1 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:19 PM

    Job 1 for the Razorbacks on defense is the glaring need at defensive back.

  4. irishdodger says: Nov 29, 2013 7:23 PM

    Before u SEC Lemmings make excuses for LSU almost losing to a hoooooooorrrrrrrrible team, save it. No HC in D1 has done less with more than Miles. Saban would have at least two undefeated seasons with that talent. He’s got LSU fans brainwashed in that when they lose a game to a lesser opponent, he just goes on about how tough the SEC is. Hell, they almost lost to the hogs last year when Johnelle was coach.

  5. liverpoolred04 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    Saban can’t even put together an undefeated season at Bama

  6. jerrahsucks says: Nov 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    0-8 in SEC, how’s that karma mrs wife of big 10 ass clown who thought he could coach with the big boys….lol

  7. jerrahsucks says: Nov 29, 2013 7:50 PM

    By the way, Bobby Petrino would have beaten LSU with the same Arkansas team.

  8. sssjim7 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:58 PM

    Hrm… tough to lose at the end like that, but Arkansas did prove they are just as good as LSU and nowhere near as bad as some posters are suggesting. A simple miscue on that last drive and Arkansas would have won the game…

    The SEC is a tough place to win in, but I really saw no difference in the quality of the two teams. Similar to Auburn last year… they were nowhere near as bad as their record sounded… or most posters claimed. Suggesting that Arkansas needs to rebuild from scratch is no different than suggesting LSU needs to rebuild from scratch – the two teams were evenly match in this game.

    Just my .02

  9. jimbo75025 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    Good game to watch.

    Felt sorry for Mettenberger though, getting hurt like that during the last home game. The shot of him just after the freshman threw the TD was I suppose the college experience in a nutshell and was kind of depressing. Big man on campus, then he goes down and the crowd is cheering for someone else a few minutes later.

  10. novoodoo4409 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:30 PM

    Like if you agree irishdodger is a bottom feeder, basement dweller in his mom’s house….

    Must be terrible to live in your mom’s basement and work at McDonald’s…pity…

    #irishdodgerisadbag

  11. railcarcowboy says: Nov 29, 2013 10:53 PM

    I’m a Tiger fan. Les Miles lost me years ago when his team showed up unprepared for the BCS National Title game. I don’t know if you could find someone better to replace him but I’ve had enough. I’d take my chances but I don’t see it happening.

  12. southernpatriots says: Nov 29, 2013 11:49 PM

    Our now Annual Open Pit Whole Razorback Roast was a success due to the rookies who arrived to help. LSU’s success in the game mimicked that culinary success earlier in the day…

    …a rookie center hiked the ball to the rookie QB Jennings, who threw the ball for a 59 yard pass to a rookie receiver. Rookie to rookie to rookie.

    Tsunami worked! Tsunami! Tsunami!

    Mettenberger was grimacing in pain as he walked prior to the game. He had a heavy brace on his left knee. The last hit did his knee in. To that point he was in much pain, affecting his accuracy and release. Beckham re-injured his back in the A&M game and was not able to walk well on the sidelines, finally had to leave the field.

    Jennings has Cam Cameron to mentor and develop him as had Brees, Rivers, and Flacco, among others. Give him 9 months of preparation with Cameron and you will be much improvement, just as Mettenberger showed the improvement over last season.

  13. suprmous says: Nov 30, 2013 2:43 AM

    southernpatriots, I can only imagine how delicious your Roasted Pig was. And I agree with ya: poor Zach was in a lot of pain but came thru it till those nasty pigs got to him. And cometkazie, Tim Brando’s a hellva lot easier on the ears than Vernie anyday but I still wish Keith Jackson would consider doin games every now and then. And I still say it’s time Vernie Boy retire. He’s a disgrace to the announcin profession. railcarcowboy, Coach may not be your choice of coach but damn he’s got class. He goes out of his way to do things other coaches wouldn’t dare think of doin and it’s not always known for bein on the field. For those of you who want to crucify him you should follow him for at least a week and see some of the great things he does in comparison to the “Almighty Saban” and others. When it comes down to it Coach, Gus Malzon, Jerry Perkle, and a few others are heads and shoulders above many who you seem to give credit to (for reasons I’ll never understand for the life of me). With all said and done, tho we had our struggles early tell me who was the eventual winner of the game folks?

  14. wabbitslayer says: Nov 30, 2013 7:54 AM

    Figures, the one SEC game on CBS I miss all year is the one that was NOT done by Lundquist and Danielson. What a treat that must have been for those of you that watched the game.

    Mettenberger was injured b/c the football gods realized how closely he is tied to UGA. Good luck Zach, hope it’s not serious.

  15. cometkazie says: Nov 30, 2013 8:51 AM

    SuprMoms: Those two announcers really got on my nerves for some reason. Vern doesn’t bother me.

    I officiated track and field at LSU and a Baton Rouge high school that is in the same district as U High, where Miles’ daughter ran track. If she was running, Miles was in the stands.

    To me, he is a chip off the Cholly Mac block. Football should be a fun and learning experience, but there are responsibilities.

    SP: Wish I could have had some of your BBQ RazorBack and it’s good to hear you are back in the Lower Wetlands. It’s been pretty cold here and I imagine even colder for your patients to the east of us. I have them in my thoughts and prayers.

    Now, let’s enjoy some good football today! I hope all y’all’s teams win, even OSU and ND!

    BTW, one of the things I’ve noticed up here in the BlueGrass is, when the locals refer to a sports venue, it invariably is the Rupp Arena and not Commonwealth Stadium!
    ;)

  16. dhardy8207 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    liverpoolred04 says:
    Nov 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    “Saban can’t even put together an undefeated season at Bama”

    ————————————————–

    “In 2009, Nick Saban led Alabama to its second consecutive undefeated regular season (12–0), and won the SEC Championship Game with a victory over the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators to improve to 13–0.[83] On January 7, 2010, Alabama beat Texas 37–21 in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, finishing the season 14–0 and winning Alabama its 13th national championship”

    You were saying??

  17. cometkazie says: Nov 30, 2013 4:05 PM

    I know this isn’t really a rivalry game as it’s only been going on for about 20y, but if Ark can get so up for this game, what were they doing all season?

  18. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 30, 2013 7:06 PM

    Some ‘sperts (that is what southernpatriots’ calls them) said before the game, that this was Arky’s Super Bowl, Bowl game, championship game and all that rolled into one.

    A win against LSU would give Arky a justification on its season, a real bright spot so all could speak about this rather than the remainder of the season. That sounds reasonable.

    I know that the Razorback team was really up for the game. LSU was nursing serious injuries on key players such as Mettenberger, Beckham, and several offensive and defensive linemen.

    I have never tasted pork that moist and flavorful in my life…a whole hog/razorback roast…whew! I can taste it now. Wish that event was every month, rather than just once a year…hint?!

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