=== Mettenberger, No. 9 LSU rout UAB ===
 
 Baton  Rouge,  LA (Sports  Network) - Zach  Mettenberger threw a school-record
 five  touchdown  passes --  three of  them to Odell  Beckham --  and No. 9 LSU
 opened its home schedule with an easy 56-17 victory over UAB.
 
 Mettenberger  was  an efficient 16-of-19  while amassing 282 yards through the
 air  for  the Tigers (2-0), winners  of eight straight season-opening games at
 Tiger Stadium.
 
 Jarvis  Landry caught  Mettenberger's two other TD passes, finishing with five
 catches for 71 yards. Beckham also had five receptions totaling 136 yards, and
 added  a  100-yard scrimmage return  touchdown off a  missed field goal to his
 stat line.
 
 "I  prayed before the  game just for a big game, and it finally came through,"
 said Beckham. "I just have to give my hats off to my teammates."
 
 Austin Brown ended 9-of-24 for 136 yards with a touchdown for UAB (0-2), which
 was shut out in the second half.
 
 UAB battled back in the second quarter after a rough start to get within 35-17
 at halftime, but LSU clamped down in the second half.
 
 Mettenberger,  who  threw three touchdown passes  in the first half, tacked on
 his  last two by the end of the third quarter. Beckham made his third TD catch
 of  the game  on the  Tigers' first  series after  halftime, and  Mettenberger
 hooked up with Landry for a 14-yard score later on for a 49-17 cushion.
 
 Before the period came to a close, Beckham reached the end zone one more time.
 UAB kicker Ty Long attempted a 59-yard kick, but it sailed well short and into
 the  arms of  the LSU wideout in  the end zone. Beckham then broke towards the
 sideline and sprinted away from the competition for a 100-yard return.
 
 "We think number 3 (Odell Beckham) is one of the most dangerous punt returners
 in  the country," said  UAB coach Garrick McGee. "We didn't want to give him a
 chance to impact the game like he did."
 
 Practically  by himself,  Beckham opened a 21-0 first-quarter lead for LSU. He
 hauled  in  29 and 22-yard touchdown  passes from Mettenberger, then capped an
 impressive  opening frame  by returning  a punt  60 yards  following a  second
 straight  UAB  three-and-out. Kenny  Hilliard scored  on a  1-yard rush as the
 first-period clock expired to put the Tigers in control early.
 
 It  was  a four-touchdown spread four  plays into the second quarter. Jonathan
 Perry  fumbled for UAB  on first down and the Tigers recovered on the opposing
 19-yard  line.  Jeremy Hill, seeing his  first action since being suspended by
 the  team for  three months, made it  28-0 with a 3-yard plunge up the middle.
 LSU suspended the running back after his July involvement in a bar fight.
 
 The  Blazers finally got  on the board, going 75 yards down the field to score
 on  an 11-yard  Darrin Reaves  scamper. Landry  countered for  LSU, making  an
 acrobatic  24-yard  touchdown catch,  but then fumbled  on the ensuing Tigers'
 possession.
 
 Brown  and Jamarcus Nelson took advantage for UAB, with the duo hooking up for
 a 41-yard touchdown with 5:10 left in the half.
 
 After  forcing  LSU to go three-and-out,  the Blazers then trekked all the way
 down  to the Tigers' six, but settled for a 24-yard Long field goal to go into
 halftime down by a 35-17 count.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 LSU  has  won  38  straight  games at  Tiger  Stadium  against  non-conference
 opponents  since losing  its only  other  matchup with  UAB in  2000, a  13-10
 setback  ... Beckham  had 331  all-purpose yards,  the third-highest  total in
 school  history  ...  The  Tigers' FBS  record  non-conference  regular-season
 winning streak moved to 43 games ... Reaves ran for 84 yards on 14 carries for
 UAB.
 
 
 
 09/08 00:51:39 ET