The rain didn’t bother the LSU Tigers one bit Saturday night in Knoxville.
LSU (8-3, 5-2 SEC) defeated Tennessee 30-10 on a windy night in a torrential downpour. Running back Derrius Guice rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown, and senior Darrel Williams added 68 yards and two touchdowns of his own as the Tigers dominated the Vols on the ground.
Defensively, LSU limited Tennessee to 1.1 yards per carry, keeping the Vols in the air in gusty conditions. LSU also won with special teams, recovering two muffed punts deep in Vols territory.
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FINAL: LSU 30, Tennessee 10
LSU wasted the time away in the fourth quarter with a 9 minute, 11 second drive that ate up 80 yards on 15 plays. The Tigers didn’t come away with any points on the drive because of a missed field goal from Connor Culp, his second of the game, but knocking that much time off the clock effectively iced the game. From there, LSU held steady on Tennessee’s last drive, forcing the Vols’ third-straight turnover on downs.
END THIRD QUARTER: LSU 30, Tennessee 10
This has been a weird game, so it makes sense there’s a weird stat. LSU has scored 30 points with just 219 yards of offense. None of the touchdowns have been scored by the defense or special teams.
LSU 30, Tennessee 10: Brady Hoke said “What the heck?” and went for it on fourth-and-inches from his own 21. Didn’t work. Two plays later, a 6-yard Darrel Williams touchdown run put this thing to bed.
LSU 23, Tennessee 10: The Tigers took advantage of another short field thanks to a special teams miscue, though the Vols can hardly be blamed for this one. Monsoon conditions hit Knoxville right before the second half kickoff, making it impossible to see the ball in the air. Tennessee finally fielded the kick at its own 3, and LSU started at the 50 after the ensuing three-and-out.
All nine LSU plays on the drive were runs, capped by a 3-yard Derrius Guice touchdown.
HALFTIME: LSU 17, Tennessee 10
Truthfully, Tennessee has outplayed LSU in this game, but still trails because of the two muffed punts that gave the Tigers possession inside the 20-yard line.
The Vols lead the time of possession battle 18:25-11:35 as the LSU offense has only had one drive over four plays.
The other reason LSU is winning? Tennessee is averaging 1.4 yards per carry. It almost feels odd that this many points have been scored.
LSU 17, Tennessee 10: It took the Vols all of four plays to strike back and keep the deficit at a touchdown. Marquez Callaway, who previously muffed two punts, made two impressive catches on the drive, including a 46-yard touchdown pass on which cornerback Donte Jackson slipped on the turf to open a path to the end zone.
LSU 17, Tennessee 3: Danny Etling — yes, Danny Etling — fooled the Vols defense on a read-option and scooted up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run.
LSU 10, Tennessee 3: Yet another Vols muffed punt gave LSU possession inside the 20. This time the Tigers capitalized. Darrel Williams, lined up as an F-back, took a sweep and went 10 yards untouched into the end zone. He ran at least 5 yards before any Tennessee defender realized he had the ball.
LSU 3, Tennessee 3: Aaron Medley drilled an impressive 45-yard field goal with another 10 to spare to tie the game early in the second quarter. The wind is swirling here — from the flags atop Neyland Stadium it looked like Medley was kicking into the wind. But the flags on the goalposts indicated there was a breeze at his back closer to field level.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: LSU 3, Tennessee 0
The opponent does not seem to matter for LSU — no matter how bad the team is, the Tigers can’t help but get off to a flat start on offense. LSU hasn’t scored on its first possession since the Syracuse game in Week 4.
LSU only had 17 yards in the opening quarter, but still has the lead thanks to a Tennessee special teams miscue. However, the Vols are on the move to start the second quarter.
LSU 3, Tennessee 0: An opportunity squandered for LSU. The Tigers took over at the Tennessee 15 when Russell Gage recovered a muffed Vol punt. But two Danny Etling runs and a third-down swing pass netted a total of 2 yards, and the Tigers had to settle for a 30-yard Connor Culp field goal.
LSU-Tennessee preview coverage
- Report: Arden Key, Donnie Alexander didn’t make trip to Knoxville
- “Sound Off” video: LSU is banged up with reeling Tennessee on tap
- Move over, Bo: Derrius Guice is about to break major SEC record
Pregame score predictions
LSU 35, Tennessee 7
There’s no reason to expect Tennessee to win this game. Can the Vols pull it off? Sure. College football is weird. But the whole narrative of a team playing better when it has an interim coach is bogus. Historically, teams lose more often than they win in the first game under an interim coach. The reason? You have to be pretty bad to get your coach fired midseason. — Nick Suss
LSU 27, Tennessee 14
Tennessee’s only chance in this game hinges on creating turnovers against a rushing attack it can’t otherwise stop. The Vols lead the SEC in forced fumbles. But the only team in the country better than LSU at protecting the ball this season is Alabama. — Alex Hickey
LSU 38, Tennessee 14
— Sam Spiegelman
LSU 28, Tennessee 14
It would not surprise me if the Tigers come out sluggish in a hostile night environment against a team that needs a win to stay alive for bowl eligibility. Kelly and defensive tackle Reginald McKenzie Jr. are explosive playmakers for the Vols. — Carter Bryant
Looking ahead to Week 13: The Tigers will host Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 CT), and SEC Network has the television broadcast.