BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger has two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Purple and White Spring Game. White won 24-17.
He finished with 14 of 25 passing for 270 yards. He was sacked once. His longest pass of the game went for 54 yards to Jarvis Landry. Landry caught six passes for 120 yards. Alfred Blue led the way on the ground with 73 yards on 9 carries. Spencer Ware finished with 51 yards on 8 carries.
Mettenberger connected with Odell Beckham, Jr. for the first touchdown and found Russell Shepard in the corner of the end zone for the second. However, he threw an interception in the third quarter that was returned 76 yards for a touchdown.
The White Team's first scoring play was a 49-yard pass from the junior QB to Beckham on the first play of the second quarter. The 19-yard touchdown to Shepard capped off an 84-yard drive that only took about 3:00. On that drive, Jalen Collins was beaten up the sidelines when Mettenberger found Beckham for a 53-yard completion.
Eric Reid picked off redshirt freshman QB Stephen Rivers in the second quarter and returned it 55 yards for the White Team's third touchdown of the game. Rivers finished with 6 of 17 passing for 75 yards.
Drew Alleman hit on field goals from 43 and 47 yards out, but missed a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Early in the third quarter, the Purple Team got its first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Tabari Williams.
Purple's second score was the 74-yard pick-6 by freshman linebacker Lamar Louis. Mettenberger was looking for Tyler Edwards, but Edwards tipped the ball into the air and Louis caught it.
Mettenberger's first interception was to Ronald Martin in the end zone on the White Team's second drive of the game.
NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone was at the game with his family and son KJ, who is considering LSU in the recruiting process as a junior.
Also, Alabama signee Landon Collins was spotted watching his former Dutchtown teammate Eric Reid star on defense for the Tigers.