- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 9 LSU controlled the game from the start and throttled UAB 56-17 in Baton Rouge on Saturday night to improve to 2-0 on the season.
During the course of the action, a few players stood out as worthy of a coveted helmet sticker.
WR/PR/KR Odell Beckham Jr.: The coverage was there, but it didn't matter. UAB hemmed in Beckham \on special teams and bracketed him on defense, and still LSU's speedy wideout couldn't be contained. Beckham ran picture perfect routes in the Tigers' home opener, faking an outside break to create the separation necessary for both of Zach Mettenberger's first two touchdown passes, one for 29 yards and another for 22 yards. In between, Beckham flipped field position with a spectacular 60-yard punt return, weaving through a field of green jerseys all the way down to the UAB 9-yard line to set up another LSU touchdown. He had 208 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished with 331 total yards and four touchdowns.
QB Zach Mettenberger: It wasn't the Mettenberger of a season ago, the quarterback who wowed LSU fans with his arm strength but left something to be desired in terms of his accuracy and consistency. For the second straight game, Mettenberger put together the complete package, showing poise and confidence in the pocket. He read the UAB defense well and anticipated the coverage on all three of his first half touchdown passes, putting the ball just only where his receivers could reach it. Mettenberger, who finished with a healthy 16 of 19 for 282 yards and five touchdowns, and new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have been a formidable tandem thus far, riding a solid running game while stretching the field vertically through the air.
DE Jermauria Rasco: He's learned from some of the best, serving as understudy to departed LSU greats Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and Lavar Edwards in his first two years on campus. Now, Jamauria Rasco is beginning to create his own legacy at defensive end. The 6-foot-3, 262-pound junior from Shreveport, La., was in the backfield all day against UAB, finishing with one sack, two quarterback hurries for loss and a key fumble recovery that resulted in a Tigers touchdown. Rasco helped keep the UAB passing game off balance, limiting the Blazers to 136 yards through the air and a 36 percent completion percentage.
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