LSU got its first big break when Derrick Milton mishandled a pitch and Lamin Barrow recovered inside the Bulldogs' 25. That set up Mettenberger's scoring strike to Landry over the middle to give LSU its first lead at 13-7.
"Jarvis Landry will have nights like this routinely," Miles said. "You watch him tonight. That's what he looks like in practice. ... It's a career night now maybe because it's early in his career."
Devon Bell's career-long 47-yard field goal pulled the Bulldogs to 13-10 inside the last minute before halftime, but the 48 seconds remaining proved more than enough for Mettenberger to respond. He quickly strung together completions of 15, 36 and 20 yards, the last for a touchdown to Ware, who made a diving catch.
The quick score gave LSU a 20-10 lead and looked like a crushing blow, but Odell Beckham Jr.'s fumbled punt early in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs the ball at the LSU 29 and they promptly cashed in, pulling to 20-17 on Russell's 14-yard scoring pass to Chad Bumphis.
That was as close as the Bulldogs would get, though, as the Tigers scored the next 17 points on Drew Alleman's 41-yard field goal and the touchdowns by Copeland and Loston.