The No. 3 LSU Tigers will host the Towson Tigers, an FCS team, on Sept. 29 at Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern time. LSU will complete their 2012 non-conference schedule with the game against Towson.
LSU and Towson have never met in football. LSU has also never played a member of Towson's conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, in football. LSU is 7-0 all-time against FCS schools, including last season's 49-3 win over Northwestern State.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 778 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Kenny Hilliard is the leading rusher for LSU with 343 yards and six touchdowns. Kadron Boone is a high-impact receiver for Mettenberger as three of Boone's seven receptions this season have gone for touchdowns. Defensive end Sam Montgomery has 11 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a safety this season. His 6.0 tackles for loss leads the Tigers. LSU has eight interceptions from six different players this season, with two of the picks returned for touchdowns.
Towson runs the ball more than it passes, but their quarterback Grant Enders is a dual-threat. Enders averages 30 yards on the ground on nearly nine attempts per game and 201.7 yards through the air on 74.7 percent passing this season. Towson's top running back is Terrance West, who sports a 5.1 yards per carry average and five rushing touchdowns in 2012. Defensive end Romale Tucker has 15 tackles and leads the Tigers with 3.0 sacks. Although Towson has not intercepted a pass in three games, the Tigers have nine sacks this season.
This is a game LSU should run away with before halftime. While Towson figures to be a force in the CAA, the closest the Tigers have come to upsetting an FBS team in five tries all-time is a 41-21 loss to Kent State earlier this season. Having said that, LSU has areas to work on in the game. There needs to be more consistency in the Tigers' pass blocking. The receivers as a group have dropped too many passes. The pass defense has also had some missteps with four passing touchdowns allowed through four games. The Tigers only allowed seven passing touchdowns all of last season. There won't be any more tune-up games after Towson for LSU so mistakes will have to be minimized going forward.
As an LSU fan, I am glad the non-conference games are about to be out of the way as they weren't really that interesting this season.
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Stats from LSU Sports.net and Towson Tigers.com