LSU came into Saturday night’s contest against Towson looking to make a statement after struggling the week before to win decisively against a porous Auburn team.
Instead, LSU found themselves in a competitive football game against a team that most experts felt shouldn’t be on the same field as LSU.
LSU (5-0, 1-0) was trailing Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Towson (2-2), 9-7 late in the first half when quarterback Zach Mettenberger found Odell Beckham in the back of the end zone for a 27 yard touchdown pass.
The score would spark LSU to 24 consecutive points, including another long touchdown pass from Mettenberger to Beckham for 57 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter to take a 31-9 lead over visiting Towson.
However, LSU could not fully put away Towson as the visiting Tigers put together two drives late in the game of 64 and 80 yards to make the final score very respectable, 38-22.
LSU outgained Towson for the game 396 to 291, but what Towson was able to accomplish running the ball was very alarming for the LSU defense. Towson was able to successfully run the ball for 188 yards against the LSU defense which came into the game as the second best rush defense in the country giving up a mere 56.75 yards per game on the ground to opposing offenses. Towson took advantage of LSU’s over pursuit with counter plays leading to gaping holes in the middle of the field resulting in long runs.
The effort put forth Saturday night by LSU can be best described as lethargic. There were missed assignments along the offseason line resulting in Zach Mettenberger getting sacked four times, huge running plays for the Towson offense, a total of five fumbles were committed by LSU (including two by Kenny Hilliard), ten penalties committed by LSU in the game, as well as many other mistakes that are caused by lack of focus and not paying attention to detail.
LSU takes to the road for its next contest as they travel to Gainesville, Florida to take on conference rival and undefeated Florida.
LSU must be much sharper in its play if it expects to get out of Gainsville with a win.
Freshman offensive lineman Vidal Alexander started at right tackle for LSU Saturday night. Senior Alex Hurt moved from right tackle to left tackle in replace of the struggling Josh Dworaczyk.
Three true freshman linebackers, Kwon Alexander, Ronnie Feist and Deion ‘Debo’ Jones all rotated in at the strong side linebacker position in place of Luke Muncie.