LSU Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 5 Game vs. Towson

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2012

LSU was known for its slow starts throughout last season, and then, grinding its opponents down in the second half.

It was the same story on Saturday evening against Towson, but it wasn't supposed to be that close.

The Tigers got off to another slow start and actually trailed Towson late in the second quarter before responding with 24 straight points and leaving with a 38-22 victory.

It wasn't a perfect game by any means, but there were some positives to take away from the contest as the Tigers improve to 5-0 on the season.

Let's go ahead and break down some winners and losers from LSU's Week 4 victory over Towson.


1. Winner: Odell Beckham Jr.

Many believed that Odell Beckham Jr. would be the top wide receiver on this LSU football team in 2012.

Beckham Jr. showed exactly why so many people had such high expectations for the sophomore wideout.

Beckham Jr. hauled in a game-high five catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the LSU victory. His 53-yard touchdown reception from Zach Mettenberger early in the fourth quarter was one of the top offensive highlights from this Tigers team this season. He also added a 27-yard TD score late in the first half, kicking off that 24-0 run for LSU, heading into the fourth quarter.


Beckham has all the talent in the world; this LSU team was just waiting for his breakout game.

This was it, and it was a good one at that. This is a name that the SEC will get to know really soon—make no doubt about it.


2. Loser: Grant Edners

As a runner, Grant Edners actually had a solid game, but the problem is, this is Towson's quarterback, and he was far from solid when it came to the passing game.

Edners completed just 13-of-33 passes for a measly 103 yards.

Now, keep in mind, this is Towson playing against a national powerhouse team like LSU. No one was expecting the senior quarterback to throw for 300 yards against this dominant Tigers defense, but completing less than 40 percent of your passes just isn't going to cut it in a game like this.


3. Winner: Russell Shepard

I can't believe I am actually saying this, but I have to say that Russell Shepard should finally appear in the winner column of this article.

Shepard has been a huge bust throughout his collegiate career at LSU, but he had that "one shining moment" in this game against Towson.


Early on in the first quarter, Shepard got the ball on a designed run and used his exceptional speed to beat the defender to the outside and scamper down the sideline for a huge 78-yard touchdown.

Everyone had been waiting for Shepard to have his big moment and show exactly why he was such a coveted athlete coming out of high school.

This was that moment for Shepard, and it was a great one at that.


4. Loser: LSU's hands

This is a call-out to the entire LSU offense.


The Tigers fumbled five times in this game but recovered the ball twice.

Zach Mettenberger, who had a solid game as far as numbers goes, had his third fumble in two games. This is becoming an ongoing issue for the Tigers' talented junior signal-caller.

A pair of talented running backs, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, also coughed the ball up in the contest. Those are two guys who are sure-handed for the most part.

If LSU plans to compete for an SEC and national championship, this team is going to have to learn to protect the football.


5. Winner: Lavar Edwards

We have all heard about LSU's talented defensive end duo of Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo.

Well, it was another LSU defensive end who was the star in this one.

Senior Lavar Edwards was a force off the end, totaling a season-high seven tackles and two sacks, both of which came in the first half.

Edwards' previous season-high for tackles was one, so this was a breakout game that gave the LSU coaching staff confidence in yet another talented defensive end on the roster.

Edwards was the defensive star in this LSU victory.



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