BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Spencer Ware and Michael Ford ran for two scores apiece and second-ranked LSU overwhelmed Northwestern State 49-3 on Saturday night.
LSU (2-0) led 28-3 by halftime, allowing coach Les Miles to give a number of starters some rest in advance of the Tigers' next game at Mississippi State on Thursday night.
Coveted junior college transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger made his debut in relief of LSU starter Jarrett Lee to open the second half.
After Lee completed 9 of 10 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Mettenberger went 8 of 11 for 92 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass.
John Shaughnessy kicked a 44-yard field goal for Northwestern State (1-1), the only points the Demons have scored against LSU in 11 meetings.