Boxscore
Louisiana State 41, North Texas 14
Saturday, September 1, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Tiger Stadium
Attendance - 92059

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
North Texas 0 7 0 7 14
Louisiana State 14 10 3 14 41

Recap


LSU 41, North Texas 14: Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue set career highs for rushing yards and Odell Beckham Jr. returned a punt for a touchdown to help top-ranked LSU coast to an easy win in its opener.

The victory extended three impressive winning streaks for the Tigers - 38 straight regular-season non-conference games, 18 straight at Tiger Stadium and 14 consecutive regular-season wins. 

Hilliard opened the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown run on LSU's first possession and added a 5-yard scoring run to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter.  He finished with 141 yards on 13 carries. Blue wasn't far behind, racking up 123 yards on 16 carries. 

After having a 76-yard punt return called back for an illegal block, Beckham did it again from 70 yards for his first career punt return touchdown, looking like a suitable replacement for suspended star Tyrann Mathieu. 

North Texas scored both its touchdowns on strikes from Derek Thompson to Brelan Chancellor. The pair hooked up for an 80-yarder to make it 24-7 with 1:55 left in the half and added a 15-yard connection in the fourth quarter. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Tigers extended a school record by winning their 10th consecutive season opener. … North Texas dropped to 37-57-3 all-time in season openers and has lost 14 of its last 16 opening games. … LSU has won all five all-time meetings by a combined score of 139-27.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:30
Louisiana State   TD  Louisiana State 7 - North Texas 0
1st Quarter - 6:26
Louisiana State   TD  Louisiana State 14 - North Texas 0
2nd Quarter - 14:56
Louisiana State   TD  Louisiana State 21 - North Texas 0
2nd Quarter - 6:26
Louisiana State   FG  Louisiana State 24 - North Texas 0
2nd Quarter - 1:55
North Texas   TD  Louisiana State 24 - North Texas 7
3rd Quarter - 2:10
Louisiana State   FG  Louisiana State 27 - North Texas 7
4th Quarter - 14:51
Louisiana State   TD  Louisiana State 34 - North Texas 7
4th Quarter - 7:28
North Texas   TD  Louisiana State 34 - North Texas 14
4th Quarter - 2:20
Louisiana State   TD  Louisiana State 41 - North Texas 14
TEAMS

Team Records

  North Texas Louisiana State
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  North Texas Louisiana State
Score 14 41
First Downs 9 26
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-15
33%
7-for-14
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 219 508
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 35-76 46-316
Average/Rush 2.2 6.9
Passing
Comp-Att 8-21 19-26
Passing Yards 143 192
Average/Pass Play 6.8 6.9
Penalties-Yards 5-46 10-55
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 28:21 31:39

PLAYER STATS

North Texas (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Thompson 8/21 143 2 1
Louisiana State (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Mettenberger 19/26 192 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Byrd 14 40 2.9 0
A. Jimmerson 8 23 2.9 0
J. Brown 8 20 2.5 0
D. Thompson 3 6 2.0 0
B. Chancellor 1 -4 -4.0 0
C. Bynes 1 -9 -9.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Hilliard 13 141 10.8 2
A. Blue 16 123 7.7 0
M. Ford 8 50 6.2 0
J. Copeland 4 33 8.2 1
S. Rivers 1 2 2.0 0
R. Shepard 1 -5 -5.0 0
Z. Mettenberger 2 -25 -12.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Chancellor 4 114 28.5 2
C. Bynes 1 13 13.0 0
A. Power 1 7 7.0 0
D. Miller 1 5 5.0 0
M. Smith 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Landry 8 82 10.2 0
K. Boone 2 46 23.0 1
O. Beckham Jr. 3 30 10.0 0
J. Wright 2 15 7.5 0
R. Shepard 1 11 11.0 0
A. Blue 2 4 2.0 0
C. Clement 1 4 4.0 0
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