Towson University's football squad came out of Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday with a loss to No. 3 LSU, but gave their counterpart Tigers a game effort in a 38-22 contest.
In a game televised on ESPNU, Towson actually held a 9-7 lead in the second quarter after the two teams traded touchdowns (Towson's extra point kick failed) and Towson also had a field goal.
But LSU added 10 points before halftime, then another 7 in the third quarter to stave off the pesky visiting Tigers.
In the fourth quarter, both teams scored two touchdowns.
According to statistics from Towson Athletics Media Relations, TU controlled the ball for 34:42 and had more first downs (19-18) than LSU.
Towson also forced three turnovers, and outgained LSU on the ground, 188 to 158 yards. But LSU dominated in the air, 238 yards to 103.
Towson Athletics Media Relations quoted Towson Coach Rob Ambrose after the game as saying, "I am extremely conflicted. I hate losing. I know everybody who watches this or sees the score will think I'm insane, considering who we played. I don't care. You don't line up to lose.
"With that being said, as a head coach, as an alum, as a father, I don't think it's humanly possible for me to be more proud of these players," he said.
In other notes from the TU stats, Towson quarterback Grant Enders ran for career high 86 yards, and running back Terrance West scored two touchdowns to raise season total to seven and career total to 36.
TU's media relations officials noted that Towson scored more points versus LSU than anyone since Oregon had 40 in the 2011 season opener.
Towson will next face James Madison on Oct. 6 in Harrisonburg, Va.