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Towson’s Tigers are no Pushover for LSU

September 30, 2012

When the 2012 football schedule came out last year many Towson fans were shocked, in disbelief, confused, and totally speechless.  What made all of them so befuddled was the team that was listed as the opponent for September 29.

That opponent was the Louisiana State University Tigers.

Fast forward to this season, Towson is sitting at 2-1 (1-0 CAA).  Going into the #3 ranked LSU game there were so many questions.

How badly would Towson get blown out?  Will we be able to compete?  Will we get in the end-zone?  What IF we beat them?

LSU was a huge favorite going into this game.  Favored by about 40 points.  But, they also were facing a lot of questions heading into this weekend’s contest.

Their offense led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger, had been inconsistent and shaky.  Many college football experts have questioned if this year’s LSU team is as dominant as the LSUs of old.

Towson’s coaches and staff were full of confidence as they prepped for their trip to Baton Rouge.  Coaches and players kept stating that they would not be intimidated by LSU’s history.  That LSU’s huge stadium and number 3 ranking can’t play the game for them.

Head coach Rob Ambrose and multiple players all said that at the end of the day it was going to be 11 on 11.

So game-day came.  The stage was set for Towson’s Tigers and LSU’s Tigers to face off in “Death Valley”.

LSU would strike first with a 78-yard touchdown.

Towson would respond with a drive led by quarterback Grant Enders.  Towson marched down the field into LSU territory and converted on a DJ Soven 28-yard field goal.

In the second quarter with the score still 7-3, Towson turned the pressure up on defense and was able to force and recover a fumble.

Enders led his offense back down the field all the way down to the 1 yard line.  This time Towson would get into the end-zone on the legs of sophomore running back Terrance West.  Towson now led LSU 9-7.

I’ll say that again: Towson now led LSU.

It would be short lived however, as LSU would wake up and go on two scoring drives to take back the lead 17-9, they would never surrender the lead.

Towson never stopped fighting.  Enders led his offensive unit masterfully.  He passed for 103 yards and threw a touchdown pass to receiver Gerrard Sheppard.  Enders also added 101 rushing yards to his performance.

Terrance West accounted for 81 rushing yards and Towson’s two touchdowns.

The Towson offense put up 22 points.  That 22 points is the most points that any of LSU’s opponents have scored against them so far this season.  This includes SEC powerhouse Auburn University.

Towson’s defense was no slump either.  Senior safety Jordan Dangerfield has been earning high praise for his play vs LSU.  Dangerfield recorded seven tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

The Towson defense sacked Mettenberger four times and notched three takeaways.

The final score would read 38-22.  A far cry from the predicted 40 point blowout.  While Towson may have lost the game on the scoreboard, they won in confidence.

Every opponent Towson faces must now mentally deal with the thought that they are going up against a team that had LSU on the ropes.

There is no doubt that Towson has boosted their confidence even more and will be able to play with a swagger that will intimidate teams.

Towson continues their road trip as they travel to Virginia to take on the James Madison Dukes.

By the way, it is worth noting that LSU has fallen in the rankings due to their inability to put Towson away easily.

That is something every Towson Tiger can be proud of.



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