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    No. 3 LSU Defeats Towson In Death Valley

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    By: Scott Crumbly
    Twitter: @ScottCrumbly
    SEC Digital Network

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Third-ranked LSU rounded out its 2012 non-conference schedule on Saturday with a 38-22 win over the Towson Tigers in Death Valley. Despite three turnovers, LSU was able to pick up the 16-point win and will now turn its focus to a date with the Florida Gators next weekend in Gainesville.

    Zach Mettenberger averaged 9.8 yards per pass attempt on the evening, finishing the game with 238 yards through the air to go along with two touchdown passes. Mettenberger’s efforts in the passing game were aided by 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

    Wide-out Russell Shepard gained all 78 of his rushing yards on a gashing touchdown run in the first quarter. Running back Michael Ford chipped in with 76 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Spencer Ware averaged 4.5 yards on eight carries of his own.

    The LSU defense was stout once again, holding Towson to 3.8 yards per play for the game while only surrendering 291 total yards. Odell Beckham was impressive on the outside for Les Miles and the Tigers, securing five catches for 128 yards (25.6 average) and two scores.

    Statistical Leaders

    LSU


    Passing – Zach Mettenberger, 150for 26, 238 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing – Russell Shepard, 1 car, 78 yards, TD
    Receiving – Odell Beckham, 5 rec, 128 yards, 2 TD

    Towson

    Passing – Grant Enders, 13-for-33, 103 yards, TD
    Rushing – Grant Enders, 12 car, 86 yardsZ
    Receiving – Tom Ryan, 4 rec, 54 yards

    Quick Notes

    •    Saturday’s tilt against Towson was the first game that LSU has ever played against a team from the Colonial Athletic Association.
    •    LSU has now won an NCAA record 41 straight regular season games against non-conference opponents.
    •    After the 16-point victory over Towson, 10 of LSU’s school record 20 consecutive wins at Tiger Stadium have come by 10 points or more.