Baton Rouge, La – Senior Zach Mettenberger threw for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the White team, which was comprised mainly of starters, to a 37-0 win over the Purple here Saturday before 28,000 fans in Tiger Stadium.
Mettenberger, who played just the first half, completed 12-of-19 passes in leading the White to a 16-0 halftime advantage. Backup Stephen Rivers played the entire second half, which featured a running clock, at quarterback and turned in perhaps his best performance in a scrimmage since joining the Tigers by connecting on 7-of-10 passes for 185 yards and two scores.
"Anytime that you finish spring with a game style of event, it doesn't necessarily show off everything you can do offensively, defensively or on special teams for that matter," LSU coach Les Miles said. "You're playing with a team that is divided, and certainly there is some production you can get. You're not necessarily trying to have the kind of days to win championships. You just need to be productive. Today was that kind of day. Defense played well. We played one front and one coverage and tackled well and played how they're supposed to."
"Offensively, I think we handled the ball well. We rushed it well. Again, it's more of the statistics against the second team defense. Still, guys that needed to catch the ball did, and guys that needed to throw it did improve. The key statistics today is that we are not coming away with injury. It didn't appear to me that anyone got hurt, so we go into the summer season with a lot to improve on."
Other standouts for the White offense were Odell Beckham Jr. with six catches for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Jarvis Landry with six receptions for 132 yards and Jeremy Hill with 102 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Beckham Jr. scored on a 79-yard pass from Mettenberger in the second quarter and then closed out the scoring on a 21-yard reception from Rivers late in the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman Travin Dural hauled in a 45-yard TD pass from Rivers early in the third quarter to give the White squad a 23-0 advantage.
The Purple team, which was comprised of second and third-teamers, was led by quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw for 98 yards and added another 26 yards on the ground. Hayden Rettig and Brad Kragthorpe each took snaps at quarterback for the Purple squad.
Terrence Magee saw action for both teams and finished with a total of 73 rushing yards, including a 47-yard run, on nine carries.
Defensively, Miles singled out the play of defensive end Danielle Hunter (8 tackles, 2 sacks), defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (5 tackles), linebacker Lamin Barrow (7 tackles) and safety Craig Loston (6 tackles, 1 interception).
"We probably did not play five starters at some point in time in today's game on offense, defense and special teams," Miles said. "When this team reconvenes in June, with a real quality freshman class --four defensive ends, two defensive tackles and a secondary-- some real quality additions that I think when we reconfigure this team, it should be a really strong team. There's a lot to build on. Certainly a great challenge to start a summer season. It's certainly one to finish the academic semester. When you get to the summer, recognize that we have a real quality opponent to start the season and we will look forward to playing TCU."
LSU opens the 2013 season on August 31 against TCU in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
2013 LSU Football – Spring Awards
Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award
(Outstanding performance in LSU Off-Season Program)
Ego Ferguson; Kadron Boone; Seth Fruge; Kenny Hilliard; Travis Dixon; Connor Neighbors; D.J. Welter; Armand Williams; Jeff Lang; Chris Laborde; Tommy Lebeau
Eric Andolsek Leadership Award
(Outstanding Leadership in Spring Drills- Offense)
Zach Mettenberger; Kenny Hilliard; Jarvis Landry; Josh Williford; Odell Beckham; Trai Turner
Mike Miley Leadership Award
(Outstanding Leadership in Spring Drills- Defense)
Anthony Johnson; Craig Loston; Tahj Jones; Ego Ferguson; Lamin Barrow
Toby Caston Performance Award
(Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills- Defense)
Anthony Johnson; Craig Loston
Ralph Norwood Performance Award
(Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills Offense)
Jeremy Hill; Kenny Hilliard; Jarvis Landry; Odell Beckham
Veterans Most Improved Award
(Players who have made the most improvement during Spring Drills)
Lamar Louis; Micah Eugene; Jerqwinick Sandolph; Corey Thompson; D.J. Welter; Terrence Magee; Travin Dural; Jerald Hawkins; Connor Neighbors; Travis Dickson
Jimmy Taylor Award
(The comprehensive Spring Award for Outstanding Leadership, Effort and Performance)
Jerry Stovall Special Team Award
Reid Ferguson; Jamie Keehn; Seth Fruge
Newcomer Most Improved