BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- No longer does a Les Miles-coached LSU have to rely on suffocating defense and a power running game.
Through two games, at least, the eighth-ranked Tigers have been able to air it out, and might now even prefer that mode of attack.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger missed on only three of 19 throws against UAB while throwing for a single-game record five touchdowns in only three quarters of work in LSU's 56-17 win over UAB on Saturday night. Mettenberger is now averaging 267 yards passing, up from his average of about 200 yards for a 2012 passing game that ranked 92nd in the nation.
That's taking pressure off a young defense and inconsistent running game as LSU prepares for next Saturday's game against Kent State.