By the time Zach Mettenberger and the LSU Tigers had sealed up their latest victory over Auburn in their Southeastern Conference opener, they were too disappointed over their second-half slippage to celebrate their early dominance.
''Guys just didn't keep their heads in the game,'' Mettenberger said following Saturday night's 35-21 victory. ''We just let off the gas pedal. Hopefully this is a lesson that everybody learned.''
For the most part, sixth-ranked LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) is where it wants to be heading into its toughest test yet at No. 9 Georgia (2-1, 1-0) next Saturday. The Tigers have won all four of their games by double digits while establishing balance on offense and strong play on a defense that entered the season with a host of new starters.
LSU is averaging 43.2 points per game, while giving up only 19.5.
In wet, sloppy conditions in Death Valley, LSU raced to a 21-0 halftime lead thanks in large part to a ground game - led by 6-foot-2, 235-pound running back Jeremy ...