BATON ROUGE - Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns to highlight LSU's third scrimmage of spring drills here Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
LSU has one week (three practices) remaining this spring, which will conclude with the National L-Club Spring Game next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. Admission is free to the spring game, which will also include a championship celebration for LSU 2011 Southeastern Conference title team.
Saturday's scrimmage featured over 100 plays between the first, second and third teams as well as snaps dedicated to all phases of special teams. The scrimmage had the Tigers moving the field as well as third-down situations and redzone and tight zone opportunities.
"I liked what I saw today," LSU coach Les Miles said following the scrimmage. "I think we improved on both sides of the ball. Offensively, I thought we ran the football and threw the ball pretty well."
Miles said Mettenberger connected on 16-of-25 passes for 177 yards and three scores, including one to tight end Chase Clement. Mettenberger did not throw an interception. Backup quarterback Stephen Rivers completed 6-of-12 passes for 60 yard and one score.
"I think we are competing in the passing game very well," Miles said of his team through 12 practices this spring. "I think Zach is a real leader for us and he enjoys that role."
Junior Spencer Ware led all rushers with 90 yards on 12 carries as the Tigers combined to run for 287 yards on the ground. Alfred Blue had 67 yards on 10 attempts, followed by Kenny Hilliard with 60 yards on 13 carries and Jeremy Hill with 56 yards on 10 rushes.
LSU ran for 287 yards and added another 278 yards through the air.
"I thought we ran the football hard and we were physical," Miles said. "We still had a couple pre-snap penalties that we have to get eliminated some of which were by veteran guys, which is frustrating. We have to get that corrected."
Defensively, Miles said that the Tigers had at least six sacks, which weren't factored into the LSU rushing total.
"The 287 rushing yards was not an indication as to how the defense played but more of an indication of the fact that we have good running backs," Miles said. "I think our defensive front is playing well and we made some big plays on that side of the ball. We had several sacks by our defense that would have made it very difficult for the offense to be able to continue drives with a first down."
The Tigers return to practice on Tuesday afternoon followed by "LSU Student Appreciation Day" at practice on Thursday.