Score by quarters

Towson 0 9 0 13 — 22

LSU 7 10 7 14 — 38

First quarter

LSU: Russell Shepard 78 run at 10:24 (Drew Alleman kick). DRIVE: 1 play, 78 yards, 0:13. KEY PLAY: The touchdown. LSU 7, Towson 0.

Second quarter

Towson: D.J. Soven 26 field goal at 13:34. DRIVE: 8-29-3:35. KEY PLAYS: Jordan Dangerfield recovers fumble by LSU’s Kenny Hilliard at the LSU 38. Cory Kirby commits a false start penalty as Towson lines up to go for fourth-and-1 at the 4, leading to the field goal. LSU 7, Towson 3.

Towson: Terrance West 1 run at 5:15 (Kick failed). DRIVE: 4-45-1:29. KEY PLAYS: Bryton Barr recovers Zach Mettenberger’s fumble at the LSU 45. Grant Enders 43 run to the LSU 1. Towson 9, LSU 7.

LSU: Odell Beckham Jr. 27 pass from Mettenberger at 2:52 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 6-62-2:23. KEY PLAY: Chase Clement 27 pass from Mettenberger on second-and-16 gives LSU a first down at the Towson 41. LSU 14, Towson 9.

LSU: Alleman 23 field goal at 1:19. DRIVE: 6-17-0:56. KEY PLAYS: R.J. Peppers’ 6-yard punt off the side of his foot gives LSU the ball at the Towson 22. On third-and-8, Tye Smith stops Jeremy Hill for a 4-yard gain on a swing pass from Mettenberger. LSU 17, Towson 9.

Third quarter

LSU: J.C. Copeland 1 run at 5:56 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 3-8-1:23. KEY PLAY: Jarvis Landry recovers Jordan Love’s fumble on a punt return at the Towson 8. LSU 24, Towson 9.

Fourth quarter

LSU: Beckham 53 pass from Mettenberger at 14:52 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 6-70-2:31. KEY PLAY: On third-and-14, Kadron Boone 17 pass from Mettenberger gives LSU a first down at its 43. LSU 31, Towson 9.

Towson: West 1 run at 8:58 (Soven kick). DRIVE: 12-64-5:47. KEY PLAY: Enders 17 run gives Towson a first down at the LSU 47. LSU 31, Towson 16.

LSU: Michael Ford 4 run at 5:22 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 9-71-3:27. KEY PLAYS: Beckham 24 pass from Mettenberger gives LSU a first down at the Towson 47. Nic Jacobs 21 pass from Mettenberger gives LSU a first down at the Towson 26. LSU 38, Towson 16.

Towson: Gerrard Sheppard 9 pass from Enders at 1:30 (kick failed). DRIVE: 6-80-3:45. KEY PLAY: Tom Ryan 17 pass from Enders gets the drive started. LSU 38, Towson 22.

FINAL SCORE: LSU 38, Towson 22.

RECORDS: LSU 5-0. Towson 2-2.

ATTENDANCE: 92,154 (announced).

THUMBS UP

TOWSON: This team obviously didn’t get the memo that it was supposed to roll over and play dead for four quarters while LSU worked on its preparations for its Southeastern Conference game at Florida next week. Towson showed great effort. Running back Terrance West ran hard all game long, rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

ODELL BECKHAM Jr. : Beckham played one of his best games of the season on offense and special teams. He caught five passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns, which should serve as a springboard for him as LSU starts its stretch run. He was quick and elusive on punt returns.

LSU: At least the Tigers won the game. Sure, they will drop in the polls, probably out of the top five, maybe top 10. They are still undefeated. LSU has raised the bar so high that fans can no longer accept mediocrity.

THUMBS DOWN

LSU penalties : The Tigers were supposed to be working on correcting penalties this week. Instead they had 10 for 69 yards. That’s too many. It won’t cut it against a good team. And the bad part is that you can tell it is driving LSU coach Les Miles crazy.

LSU offense : The Tigers only scored three points off of three drives inside Towson’s 50-yard line in the first half. If LSU gets one or two touchdowns out of those possessions, then the game is probably out of reach. Instead, they let another overmatched team get confidence in the first half of a game. Sound familiar.

LSU focus : OK, it’s Towson on your home field, and you are uninterested. We get that. You can’t wait to play the rest of your SEC schedule. We get that. Still, you have to be able to show some kind of killer instinct.

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OFFENSIVE LINE CHANGES

LSU moved starting right tackle Alex Hurst to left tackle. Inserted freshman Vadal Alexander at right tackle and kept starting left tackle Josh Dworacyzk out of the game. The result was an offensive line that at times looked like it was trying to find itself with pass and run blocking. It didn’t work, no matter how well it played in the second half.

PENALTIES

LSU coach Les Miles made a point to talk about penalties in the days leading up to this game. So, what happened? The Tigers had 10 penalties for 69 yards. Not good. Miles surely will talk about eliminating penalties this week, but he may need to consider a different speech or something.

ZACH METTENBERGER

Mettenberger was 15 of 26 for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Mettenberger was 8 of 16 for 91 yards and one touchdown in the first half. It looks like he’s still trying to find his rhythm on offense.

Tweet talk

“FAMU coach Joe Taylor just said if Dawson Odums hasn’t won the #Southern job, ‘something is wrong.’ ”

@McCallAdvocate. Advocate Southern sportswriter

Mike McCall

“Mettenberger 3 of 6 so far for 27 yards with a couple of passes that missed their targets. Not an impressive start. #LSU”

@ScottRabalais. Rabalais is an LSU sportswriter

for The Advocate.

“Looks like at least 45,000 no-shows at Tiger Stadium, including most of the#LSU team.”

@LesEast. East is an LSU sportswriter for

The Advocate.

“Nearly every Mettenberger pass has been thrown toward Kadron Boone with little success. So much for the Fab Five. #LSU”

@LesEast

“Paid attendance tonight is 92,154. Actual crowd at kickoff was probably in the 45,000-50,000 range. #LSU”

@s_hotard. Scott Hotard is an LSU sportswriter

for The Advocate.

“#UofSC Marcus Lattimore has 2 TDs tonight; 38 in 25 career gms (1.52 per game; 2nd only in #SEC to #UGA H. Walker; 52 in 33 gms; 1.58 pg).”

@SECPRGuy, Charles Bloom

“#OleMiss takes 7-6 lead in 2Q. 1st time #Alabama has trailed in regulation since 2:26 mark in 1Q vs #UT last season (parts of 10 games).”

@SECPRGuy

“Another TD for West. Now 36 in 15 games. Unbelievable stat. #TOWSONvsLSU”

@GLaneyESPN. Gary Laney writes for ESPN.

“Copeland currently on crutches, going to locker room. Huge bandage wrapped on left knee. #LSU”

@BenLoveTSD. Love covers LSU for Fox Sports/Scout

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  • umbers to know

21 Consecutive home wins for LSU, extending the school record.

41 Consecutive regular season non-conference wins, extending LSU’s FBS record.

80 Number of wins for LSU coach Les Miles in seven-plus seasons.

188 Rushing yards by Towson, the most allowed by LSU this season.

THREE AND OUT

What we learned

LSU may not be as good as everyone thought. The Tigers allowed a solid but overall outmanned FCS opponent to hang with it, setting season highs for points and yards against the nation’s No. 3-ranked team. LSU has talent, but appears to be regressing in terms of simple execution.

Trending now

Mounting injuries. LSU may have lost fullback J.C. Copeland with a fourth-quarter knee injury. LSU has already lost four preseason starters (Tyrann Mathieu, Tahj Jones, Chris Faulk, Alfred Blue). LSU has depth, but it only goes so far.

e_SClBFinal thoughts

Seeking to improve from its effort at Auburn, LSU committed more penalties (10) and turnovers (three) than it did the week before. No more mulligans for the Tigers. The season gets tough very quickly next week at No. 11 Florida. Right now, LSU looks ill-prepared for Gainesville, Fla. and may drop in the polls.

Scott Rabalais