Boone, who hadn't caught a touchdown pass in LSU's last nine games, caught two in the first half on plays of 48 and 5 yards to help the Tigers keep pace the Bulldogs. LSU's star tandem of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, who combined for 16 receptions for 274 yards, had only four for 50 yards in the first half.
"One thing I've been saying all year is to be ready when my number is called," said Boone, a senior who caught 26 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns, one third of Mettenberger's total last year. "We knew the defensive coordinator would try to take away Jarvis and Odell, so I just had to be ready to make the best of my opportunity when my number is called.
"At the end of the day it's about the team. I come in and play my role. I don't get mad when I'm not in. I've just got to be ready. If I come into the game with an attitude and I don't make the best of it, that's going to be another reason I don't play."
Boone is giving the offensive staff a reason to play him more. Coming into the game, Boone had one catch for 13 yards this season, but he found himself one-on-one with a cornerback as Georgia safety Tray Mathews blitzed on third-and-seven. Boone caught Mettenberger's bullet pass on a post pattern and pulled away from cornerback Damian Swann to tie the game at 7.
"We ran the play that was called," Boone said. "We had a great pickup. Zach found me through his read. Once I caught it I didn't feel the corner on me and there was nobody there but me and the end zone.
Again on third and down at the Georgia 5 moments later, Boone came up big as he ran a slant over the middle and Mettenberger hit him on the hands and he reached out. Those were his only two catches.
"He (Mettenberger) had a good day. We've been seeing that all year. Nothing new, nothing we didn't expect.
"He has a connection with all the receivers. We knew it was a dogfight. We have to execute better and don't shoot ourselves in the foot.