LSU Defeats North Texas Despite Bumps

Baton Rouge, LA - LSU's 41-14 win over North Texas sounds about right.  Not that anyone ever doubted the Tigers would dominate the mean green in their season opener Saturday night, but despite LSU's 508 yards of offense, head coach Les Miles says there were moments when his team looked sloppy.

The fans in Tiger Stadium cringed when they saw starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger go down on a play; he took a hard hit and left the game, but he did return to tack on 192 yards, one score and one interception.  Mettenberger's teammates were taken aback when it happened, but knew he'd be able to bounce back.  Eric Reid, junior safety wasn't too worried:

"[He] took it in the chin, got right back up, he had to go to the lockeroom, I think it was precautionary so."

"Not to throw the punch in the mouth, I prefer that we protect our quarterback," Coach Miles said.  "With that being said I think it's one of those things where you have to learn to get the ball out."

"I got to keep my head on straight," Mettenberger explained. "I have to know every situation, what's going to come you know I was a little sloppy with my play, but I can assure you I'm only going to get better from here."

Next Saturday, the third-ranked Tigers will host Washington at home in Death Valley for a 6 p.m. kickoff and that game will be televised on ESPN.

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