BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU keeps playing its way up the charts.
The Tigers defeated Tennessee 30-10 on Saturday night in Knoxville, improving to 8-3 on the year and 5-2 in SEC play. With the win, LSU jumped to No. 19 in the AP Top 25, climbing two spots from where it ranked last week. The Tigers are one of five SEC teams ranked in the poll along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State. Among three-loss teams, only Mississippi State and Oklahoma State rank higher.
The Tigers fought through dreary conditions to win Saturday night, playing through a deluge of rain and gusts of wind nearing 20 mph that forced multiple muffed punts and caused stadium lights to go out during halftime. Still, LSU made the best of this, recovering both of Tennessee’s dropped punts and pinning the Vols inside their own 5 yard line twice.
Running backs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams led the way, combining to rush 31 times for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. Unable to throw consistently because of the conditions, quarterback Danny Etling contributed his legs to the effort as well, rushing 9 times for 42 yards and a 13-yard touchdown.
Inside linebacker Devin White led the defense in tackles once again with 11, pushing his total to 114 on the year. The mark leads the SEC and ranks fifth among Power 5 players. Thanks to White, fellow linebacker Tyler Taylor and the LSU defensive line, the Tigers held Tennessee to 1.1 yards per carry, the Vols worst single-game mark since last season versus Alabama.
What’s next for LSU?
The Tigers return to Baton Rouge this weekend for their season finale matchup versus Texas A&M. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the SEC Network. LSU has not lost a game to Texas A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, outscoring A&M 154-92 in the process.
Saturday will also be senior night, a chance for LSU to honor the most veteran players on the roster. Honorees will include quarterback Danny Etling, fullback J.D. Moore, wide receiver DJ Chark, defensive linemen Christian LaCouture, Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron and running back Darrel Williams, among others.