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3 Up, 3 Down: LSU 38, Towson 22

9/30/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A look at what we liked, and didn't like, in LSU's 38-22 win over Towson Saturday.

THREE UP

1. Odell Beckham Jr.: LSU's top returning receiver, Beckham had his biggest game yet, catching five passes for 128 yards and both touchdowns thrown by Zach Mettenberger while throwing in a 30-yard punt return.

2. Defensive front: The defensive let up toward the game's end, but early in the game, the Tigers were dominant, recording seven tackles for loss, including 1.5 from Lavar Edwards, who continued his solid senior campaign.

3. Michael Ford: Like the other running backs, Ford left the ball on the turf once, but his 11-carry, 76-yard effort was the best by an LSU back.

THREE DOWN

1. Attrition: LSU is struggling finding an offensive line combination that will work since the loss of LT Chris Faulk. The Tigers gave up four sacks to an FCS team. To make it worse, fullback J.C. Copeland, another key blocker, left with a knee injury and was on crutches.

2. Turnovers: Sure it was muddy on a rainy night, but LSU's three lost fumbles and five total fumbles are a concern. Mettenberger has lost three fumbles in the last two games.

3. Penalties: LSU, one of the more penalized teams in the SEC, had 10 penalties for 69 yards. These will be killers in more competitive SEC games.