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Posted: Saturday, 26 October 2013 9:13PM

LSU beats Furman 48 - 16 after 1st half struggle

How it happened: LSU 20-16 at halftime, but played a dominant 2nd half to win 48-16 over Furman. The Tigers rushed for 332 yards, as Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee each scored two touchdowns.

Offense: LSU averaged 9.2 yards a carry. Hill led the way with 143 yards on 14 carries. His longest was 55 yards. Magee averaged 15.4 yards a carry and had 108 yards on just seven carries.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for 328 yards, but he was intercepted twice. The first interception in the 1st quarter gave Furman a short lived 7-0 lead. Mettenberger threw another interception in the 3rd quarter, on a pass that was deflected as he threw it.

It was Odell Beckham's turn to have a big night. He caught six passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. Jarvis Landry also caught five passes for 87 yards.

It was disappointing back-up quarterback Anthony Jennings didn't play more. Miles could have played Jennings early in the 4th quarter, when the Tigers had a commanding 41-16 lead. Jennings took only six snaps, throwing two passes, completing one.

Defense: Furman scored 16 points in the 1st half, but the defense didn't give up any big plays and remember the Paladins scored six of their points on an interception returned for a touchdown. Furman also kicked a field goal right before halftime, after Beckham muffed a punt that gave the Paladins excellent field position.

Sophomore linebacker Kwon Alexander was LSU's leading tackler with 14, two of his tackles were for a loss, he also had a pass break-up. Redshirt freshman cornerback Dwayne Thomas had two sacks and Ronald Martin had an interception.

Special teams: Redshirt freshman kicker Colby Delahoussaye missed his first extra point and field goal of the season. Delahoussaye did not kick in the 2nd half, because of an apparent injury.  

Up next: LSU has two weeks to prepare for top ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide thumped Tennessee 45-10. Since the Texas A&M game, Alabama has outscored its opponents 246-26. That's a span of six games.

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