MOST BIZARRE TOUCHDOWN: Chances are you’ve never seen this one. Late in the third quarter, with LSU already leading 49-17, UAB lined up for a 59-yard FG. LSU stationed Odell Beckham in the end zone for the prayer of a kick. It was well short and Beckham hauled it in about 9 yards deep in the end zone and seemed to catch UAB off guard when he came speeding out of the end zone. He had no pursuers until almost midfield and weaved the final 40 or so yards through traffic down the sideline. If LSU has ever pulled that off before, no one could remember it.
WORST COMPUTER MELTDOWN: How rare is the play? It goes down as return yardage and was the last of Beckham’s 331 all-purpose yards on the night. But LSU’s computer-driven statistics program wouldn’t recognize the yards in any category. “We’re working on it,” they announced in the press box.
BEST QUARTER: In the first quarter alone, Beckham scored two TDs on receptions of 29 and 22 yards from Zach Mettenberger and set up another with a 60-yard punt return down to the UAB 9-yard line. He also picked up 15 yards on an end-around. He added his third TD reception in the third quarter before the final capper on the missed field goal return.
TOUGHEST HALF: LSU CB Jalen Mills was beaten badly — and out in the open —on both of UAB’s first-half TDs. He had zeroed in on UAB RB Darrin Reaves behind the line before biting a hip fake that sprung Reaves outside for a 11-yard scoring run. He also got beat deep for 41-yard TD pass to Jamarcus Nelson.
WORST DELAY: The kickoff was delayed 40 minutes until 6:42 p.m. when lightning spotted in the area kept the teams from warming up at their allotted time. No lightning was visible in the immediate area and it never really rained. But it did change the warmup routine. While normally the kickers and a few specialists come out way early, following late by skill position players and, even later, the whole team, this time the entire team took the field together about 6:10 p.m. That was about 10 minutes after the scheduled kickoff.
BEST CATCH THAT DIDN’T COUNT: UAB’s opening kickoff was a long line drive to the back up the end zone. Beckham went back and calmly reached up and made a nonchalant one-handed snag of it, although he didn’t run it out.
WORST COVERAGE: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger was 16 of 19 passing and freshman backup Anthony Jennings completed the first and only pass of his college career . Dating back to last week’s game against Troy, it meant the UAB defense had allowed two teams’ QBs to combine to complete 47 of 53 passes.
BEST STAND: LSU was playing backups late in the game when UAB mounted a drive, aiding by a roughing the passer penalty on Deion Jones. But the backups rose up and stopped UAB short on fourth-and-1 from the 7-yard line to turn away the threat.