It was a record setting night in Tiger Stadium.
LSU achieved its school-record 20th consecutive victory in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers also won an FBS record 40th straight non-conference regular-season game.
And to add icing on the cake, LSU’s 63 points tonight was the most since the Tigers beat Kentucky 63-28 in 1997.
LSU rushed for 250 yards paced by Kenny Hilliard’s 118 and two scores on 11 carries. Hilliard now has 14 touchdowns in his past 10 games and six in 2012.
Jeremy Hill, in his first career game, had a pair scores on 61 rushing yards, and Alfred Blue had 49 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury that appears to be minor.
Through the air, Mettenberger was awesome with the exception of yet another red zone throw. He completed 17-of-23 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns. But it was his pick near the end zone that once again overshadows his tremendous performance. Kudos again to OBJ and Kadron Boone for catching Gary Walker from behind at the LSU five-yard line.
Defensively, LSU gave up 213 total yards and 39 on the ground. LSU intercepted Vandal QB Dominique Blackman four times and brought two back to the house (Ronald Martin, Lavar Edwards).
Miles was a bit more stern in tonight’s post-game press coference. Not so happy-go-lucky as he was in his first two post-game media sessions. He started out by commenting Idaho. He thinks LSU got their best shot. He called LSU’s effort “imperfect” tonight but of course they were dominant at times in all three phases. The coach mentioned Mettenberger’s mistake in red zone not once but twice in his opening statement. Says those mistakes will be fixed moving forward, again referencing Mettenberger’s second pick in the red zone this season. The coach then concluded his opening statement by says it’s time to move on and focus on the next opponent (Auburn). Miles’ only smile of the press conference came when asked about Lavar Edwards’ interception returned for a touchdown. You’ll want to read his quote on that below.
On the injury front, the Tigers have several minor injuries but expect everyone to be ready for Auburn (possible exception to Blue. Prognosis not yet known). P.J. Lonergan didn’t play until late in the second quarter with a nagging injury. Elliott Porter started and relieved him for the majority of the game. Craig Loston (toe) rested today, and Ronald Martin played in his spot intercepting two passes. LT Josh Dworaczyk left the game with a strained right calf and was replaced by Alex Hurst (LT) moving over and Vadal Alexander coming in (RT). Finally, Alfred Blue left the game with a “nick,” and Miles wasn’t sure yet how long he’ll be out. Needless to say, it looks like LSU will be okay at RB regardless.
“I thought we got their best shot and certainly they showed well of themselves. I think our football team was imperfect today. I think everybody can see that we can be a dominant football team, certainly all three phases at different times were dominant in this game. I think that’s the big piece. I think we need to eliminate some mistakes down in the red zone. Frankly, we’ll learn from this film. We’ll be better for it. We’ll improve.”
-Miles on Idaho’s effort and LSU’s play today
“I think that those are really nice things to look at after games are over. I think no one cares about those numbers until after the game is played.”
-Miles on LSU’s streaks
“Lonergan’s got a little nagging thing that came back in and played three, four series but you know we wanted to not necessarily tax him for the whole game. The good news is he’ll be ready for next week. I kinda feel the same way about Ronald Martin. I think his play tonight was from where I was standing pretty good and it gives Craig Loston a week to heal and come back. I think we’ll be pretty healthy going into the next week. I hope Blue’s okay. He got a little nicked up and left the game. We don’t know exactly how that all stands.”
-Miles on injuries/replacement
“When that ball got tipped in the air and he got it, I said, ‘There’s no way they’re going to tackle that man.’ If you watched his high school film, his ball skills, one I knew he was going to catch it. Two, if he got loose at all, they would never tackle him and certainly that’s what happened.”
-Miles on Lavar Edwards’ pick-six
“I was able to hit it, and I saw the dude right in front of me. I was able to keep my balance and burst threw that tackle and saw nothing but green grass and I was able to outrun the defender.”
-RB Kenny Hilliard on 71-yard TD run
“He’s more of a hitter, and I like to cover more. So that’s probably the difference in our game.”
-S Ronald Martin on how he’s different from Craig Loston
“I think we’re playing well. Jalen Mills is doing a good job. He led the team in tackles today, so he’s stepping up. He’s still a freshman, but he doesn’t play like it. That’s what we tell those guys every day. ‘You’re no longer a freshman. A quarter of the season has passed so you might as well be a sophomore.’”
-S Eric Reid on playing with some of the young guys