LSU defeats UAB 56-17

The start of the Alabama-Birmingham at LSU football game in Tiger Stadium was delayed for 42 minutes because of lightning.

And when the game began, it was LSU that displayed a lot of quick-strike power.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw a school-record five touchdown passes and Odell Beckham Jr. ran up and down the field at will for 330 all-purpose yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead the No. 9 Tigers to a 56-17 victory on Saturday.

Mettenberger completed 16 of 19 passes for 277 yards.

Beckham had five catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns. He had one carry for 15 yards. He also returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown.

Mettenberger threw two touchdown passes to Beckham in the first quarter as LSU led 21-0.

LSU led 35-17 at halftime.

Beckham scored his last touchdown of the game in the third quarter when he caught a missed field goal 9 yards deep in the end zone and returned it for a touchdown to make the score 56-17.