LSU overcomes slow start, beats Furman 48-16

It was a 20-16 game at the half, but No. 13 LSU dominated the final two quarters en route to a 48-16 victory over underdog Furman in Tiger Stadium.

LSU's homecoming was not so happy early in the game when Zach Mettenberger was intercepted for a pick-six to give Furman a 7-0 lead.

A pair of Jeremy Hill rushing touchdowns eventually gave LSU its first advantage at 13-0. Hill finished the game with 14 carries and 143 yards.

Then Mettenberger connected with Odell Beckham Jr. on a 37-yard touchdown strike to make it 20-10.

Beckham Jr. became the first LSU receiver to eclipse 200 yards receiving in one game since Devery Henderson in 2002. OBJ tallied six catches, 204 yards and two touchdowns. He is also the tenth Tigers to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a career.

Furman added a pair of field goals to make it 20-16 at the half, but the Tigers controlled the rest of the game, outscoring the Paladins 28-0.

Terrence Magee added two rushing touchdowns and finished with 108 yards on just seven carries.

Mettenberger also connected with fullback Melvin Jones and OBJ on the other scores. Mettenberger was 16-of-24 for 328 yards and three TD's. LSU finished with 668 total yards of offense, its highest total in a decade.

LSU (7-2) now enters its first bye week before traveling to Tuscaloosa for a SEC West showdown with No. 1 Alabama (8-0) on November 9th.