Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/18/14
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Zach Mettenberger could afford to miss a few throws in a less-than-dazzling first start. That was apparent from the moment Kenny Hilliard's 6-foot, 231-pound frame burst through the right side of the line and rumbled away from the North Texas defense for a 38-yard score on LSU's opening series. Hilliard rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 3 Tigers opened their season with a 41-14 victory over the Mean Green on Saturday night. "Imperfect, but with reason to smile," LSU coach Les Miles said. "We're going to have very, very good tailback play." While the heavily favored Tigers were never threatened, their performance did not always thrill a Death Valley crowd that eagerly awaited evidence that LSU's passing game would be much improved with Mettenberger under center. Mettenberger, who was briefly sidelined by a vicious sack, was 19 of 26 for 192 yards, an interception and a touchdown. But LSU didn't really need to throw in a game decided by...
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