Photos: LSU beats Towson, First Half

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU faithful cheer for the football team as they walk to the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fans watch the referees for the football game enter the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cheerleaders fire up the fans in spite of the rain.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cheerleaders fire up the fans in spite of the rain.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Young tiger fans strain to get a better view of the football team going to the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mike the Tiger mascot, complete with raincoat, fires up the fans in the rain.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tiger fans in ponchos find their location prior to the first half of an NCAA football game. "X" doesn't mark the spot.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The trombone section of the LSU band plays the fight song while marching to the stadium in the rain.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Like little yellow ghosts, Duke Bowen, 7, left, and his step-brother Craig Carlson, 8, catch water drops in their mouths, in a tunnel entrance of Tiger Stadium, before the rainy LSU-Towson game. They're from Shreveport, attending their first-ever LSU game, with parents Lee Bowen and his wife Marjorie Bowen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, chats with Towson head coach Rob Ambrose, right, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU football team comes onto the field before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mike the Tiger mascot dances with the Golden Girls before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU football team is lead onto the field by the cheerleaders during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) picks up a first down shaking off the tackle of Towson linebacker Bryton Barr (22) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU tight end Nic Jacobs (84) picks up good yardage as Towson safety Jordan Dangerfield (20) and Towson linebacker Telvion Clark (13) defend during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) dives for the end zone on a 78-yard run to score while getting upended by Towson cornerback Jordan Love (7) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Towson quarterback Grant Enders (14) is sacked for a 6-yard loss by LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) vaults into the end zone, finishing his 78-yard touchdown run by diving over Towson cornerback Jordan Love (7) and reaching the ball over the end zone pylon, in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Towson head coach Rob Ambrose laughs while sending in the signals during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU running back Kenny Hilliard begins to fumble the ball as Towson linebacker Bryton Barr comes in to make the stop during the first half of Saturday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Towson place kicker D.J. Soven (90) kicks a field goal as Towson safety Jordan Dangerfield (20) holds during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) is wrapped up for a loss by Towson linebacker Monte Gaddis (11) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Tharold Simon (24) recovers the fumble by Towson 89 as LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) comes in to help during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Towson Tigers tight end Tanner Vallely (89) fumbles the ball after taking the hit by LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander (25) during the first half. LSU recovered.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fans brave the rain during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) runs for good yardage as LSU cornerback Jalen Mills (28) looks to block on a punt play during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) flops over Towson safety Jordan Dangerfield (20) for a first down during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) begins to lose the ball on the run and fumbles as Towson cornerback Tye Smith (24) pressures during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger loses the ball on the run and fumbles as Towson cornerback Tye Smith pressures during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) pulls in a touchdown pass over Towson cornerback Tye Smith (24) late in the second quarter. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (10) is pulled down by LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46), safety Ronald Martin (26), linebacker Lamin Barrow (57) and cornerback Jalen Mills (28) in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Tharold Simon (24) celebrates his recovery of a fumble by Towson Tigers tight end Tanner Vallely (89), caused by the hit of LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander (25), in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson Tigers tight end Tanner Vallely (89) loses the ball after a reception on the tackle by LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander (25), before the fumble recovery by LSU cornerback Tharold Simon (24), in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU receiver Kadron Boone can't reach a pass as Towson cornerback Tye Smith defends in the first half Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards (89) gets a six-yard sack of Towson quarterback Grant Enders (14) in the second quarter. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGTowson linebacker Bryton Barr (22) and defensive tackle Arnold Farmer celebrate the recovery of a fumble by LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson quarterback Grant Enders (14) snakes through a pretty expansive hole in the LSU defense, rambling a a long gainer to the LSU one yard line, setting up a Towson touchdown, in the first half. LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) is blocked by Towson offensive lineman Anthony Davis (70) at right, and LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards (89) is blocked at left. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) runs behind the block of LSU offensive guard La'El Collins (70), past Towson defensive back Thomas Bradley (25) in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson running back Terrance West (28) dives over for a one-yard touchdown, in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson place kicker D.J. Soven (90) misses an extra point after a Towson touchdown, in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) is congratulated in mid-air by LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33), after Beckham Jr.'s touchdown reception from LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson running back Sterlin Phifer (42) dances around the tackle of LSU safety Eric Reid (1), top, and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46), bottom, in the first half. Towson offensive guard Charles Johnson (57) is at right. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Towson linebacker Telvion Clark (13) and Towson linebacker Bryton Barr (22) converge on LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU student Nick May, a sophomore from Metairie, cheers at the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles coaches from the sidelines in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles reacts in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles and defense, during a time out in the first half. LSU was ahead 14-9 at halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard dives for the end zone past Towson cornerback Jordan Love on a 78-yard run to score during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 38-22.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard dives for the end zone past Towson cornerback Jordan Love on a 78-yard run to score during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 38-22.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard dives for the end zone past Towson cornerback Jordan Love on a 78-yard run to score during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 38-22.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard dives for the end zone past Towson cornerback Jordan Love on a 78-yard run to score during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 38-22.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard dives for the end zone past Towson cornerback Jordan Love on a 78-yard run to score during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 38-22.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard dives for the end zone past Towson cornerback Jordan Love on a 78-yard run to score during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 38-22.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. Towson -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) runs for the end zone on a 78-yard run to score during the first half of an NCAA football game. LSU won 38-22.Photo shot on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La..MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. Towson -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) runs for the end zone on a 78-yard run to score during the first half of an NCAA football game. LSU won 38-22. Photo shot on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La..MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU receiver Russell Shepard runs for a 78-yard touchdown during the Tigers' 38-22 win over Towson on Sept. 29. Shepard, a senior, has six catches and 11 carries this season.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. Towson -- LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) runs for good yardage on a punt play during the first half of an NCAA football game. Photo shot on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La..MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. Towson -- LSU punter Brad Wing (38) punts during the first half of an NCAA football game. Photo shot on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La..MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

  • LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) has declared for the upcoming NFL draft.