No. 13 Tigers too much for Furman

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU running back Terrence Magee carries against Kent St. earlier in the season. Magee rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 48-16 victory over Furman. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

BATON ROUGE - No. 13 LSU amassed the third-most yards in school history on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, as the Tigers overcame first-half mistakes to discard Furman, 48-16, on Homecoming.

LSU (7-2), which played for the ninth-straight week, takes a bye week before returning to action on Nov. 9 against top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The Tigers scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and finished with 672 yards of total offense on the night, the most since the Tigers gained 680 against Western Carolina in 2000.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger, whose second pass of the game was intercepted for a touchdown, steadied throughout the game to lead LSU to victory despite his mistakes. He finished 16-of-24 passing for 328 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a career-best 204 receiving yards, the most since Josh Reed's 239 in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. Beckham, who muffed a punt that led to a Furman field goal just before halftime, had six catches and scored touchdowns of 37 and 63 yards. Jarvis Landry added five catches for 87 yards, while fullback Melvin Jones' first career catch was a 7-yard touchdown.

Running backs Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee each went over 100 yards rushing, as Hill totaled 143 on 14 carries while Magee had 108 on seven attempts. Both scored twice.

Defensively, linebacker Kwon Alexander led the way with a career-best 14 tackles, while defensive back Jalen Mills, and linebackers Lamin Barrow and D.J. Welter each added seven tackles.