The Tigers' highlight-producing performance against Central Michigan was no mirage, according to one of the night's top play-makers.
It was the first two weeks of underwhelming offensive showings that will end up being the exception, freshman tight end Jack Bech said.
“I think the first two games were kind of flukes," Bech said. "I think everybody saw what we’re made out of [in Week 3]. We’re gonna put the country on notice and they’re going to feel us.”
Bech had five receptions for 81 yards, both career highs. He also gets credited for putting one of those highlight-reel plays on the books with a deep, one-handed touchdown pass from Max Johnson in the second half.
"I think my confidence has been going up game-by-game, getting a couple more passes, showing out a little bit more," Bech said. "I think that’s helped out a lot."
That confidence level appeared contagious on Saturday at Tiger Stadium, with the sophomore Johnson tying the LSU record of 5 TD passes in a single game. Two of those strikes went to another freshman in Deion Smith, who appears to have emerged as a viable No. 2 option alongside Kayshon Boutte and his FBS-leading 6 touchdown receptions.
The Tigers kick of Southeastern Conference play on Saturday with a trip to face Mississippi State.