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3 Up, 3 Down: LSU 63, Idaho 14

9/16/2012

BATON ROUGE, LA. -- There is plenty to like when your team scores nine touchdowns, like LSU did in a 63-14 rout of Idaho Saturday. But with LSU facing the soft underbelly of its schedule, let's look deeper at what we liked, and didn't like from the Tigers Saturday.

THREE UP

1. Ball hawks: LSU intercepted Idaho quarterback Dominique Blackman four times Saturday and the Tigers have six interceptions on the season, second in the SEC behind only Mississippi State. Jalen Mills, Tyrann Mathieu's replacement, already has two picks in his true freshman season

2. Riding the horses: Kenny Hilliard ran over Idaho safety Ryan Bass en route to a 71-yard touchdown run, highlighting another dominant rushing day for LSU, which piled up 250 rush yards. LSU leads the league in rush yards (269.3 a game), yards per carry (5.9) and touchdowns (12).

3. Bomb-bastic: The Tigers are trying not to be one dimensional. Zach Mettenberger started the game with a 30-yard bomb to Russell Shepard and later hit a 46-yard deep strike to Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU's showing signs of a dangerous passing gme.

THREE DOWN

1. Pressure drop: LSU not only did not sack Blackman Saturday, and the vaunted defensive line did not record a quarterback hurry. Much of that can be attributed to Idaho's quick passing game and Blackman's quick release, but LSU is supposed to have the nation's best defensive line.

2. Seeing red (zone): LSU has failed to convert red zone chances into points three times this season, twice on Mettenberger interceptions. Conversely, opponents have scored all three times in the red zone.

3. Second life: The Tigers allowed both North Texas and Idaho to creep back into games after nearly delivering early knockout blows. Against better teams, LSU can't let teams off the hook.