Saturday’s Tennessee-LSU game marked a step in a new direction for the Volunteers. Unfortunately for Tennessee, the result was all too familiar.
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) lost 30-10 to visiting LSU, with part of the game being played in a driving rainstorm. It was the Vols’ first game since the firing of head coach Butch Jones on Sunday.
Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano threw for 239 yards and a touchdown without an interception on 13-of-23 passing. Running back John Kelly gained 47 hard-earned yards on 25 carries.
LSU (8-3, 5-2) racked up 200 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Derrius Guice ran for 97 yards and one TD. Darrel Williams ran for 68 yards and 2 TDs. Tigers quarterback Danny Etling threw for 81 yards and ran for a TD.
This was the first meeting between Tennessee and LSU since 2011. The Vols still lead the all-time series 20-10-3.
• No scoring.
• (LSU 30, Tennessee 10, 2:06): LSU running back Darrel Williams scores on a 6-yard touchdown run.
• (LSU 23, Tennessee 10, 7:26): LSU running back Derrius Guice scores on a 3-yard run. LSU kicker Connor Culp misses the extra point attempt.
• (LSU 17, Tennessee 10, 1:23): Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano gets his first TD pass vs. FBS competition and as a starter, a 46-yard pass to Marquez Callaway who was interfered with on the play.
• (LSU 17, Tennessee 3, 2:08): Quarterback Danny Etling scores on a 13-yard run one play after tailback Darrel Williams broke off a 36-yard run.
• (LSU 10, Tennessee 3, 11:31): LSU takes advantage of the second muffed punt of the game. Tigers running back Darrel Williams scores on a 10-yard run. LSU leads 10-3 with 11:31 left.
• (Tennessee 3, LSU 3, 13:59): Tennessee kicker Aaron Medley makes a 45-yard field goal.
• (LSU 3, Tennessee 0, 8:46): LSU takes advantage of the starting field position in the red zone. Marquez Callaway fumbled the ball on the 15-yard line. LSU kicker Connor Culp converted the 30-yard field goal attempt.
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Pregame score predictions
LSU 27, Tennessee 13
LSU is better at the line of scrimmage, and the Tigers are playing with more continuity against a banged-up Vols team. — Mike Griffith
LSU 35, Tennessee 14
The Vols lose the chance to win a fourth consecutive bowl game when a more talented LSU team comes to town. — Blake Morgan
Looking ahead to Week 13: The Vols will host Vanderbilt on Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff time is 4 p.m. ET, and SEC Network has the television broadcast.