Road remains unkind to LSU

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A school record performance from wide receiver Kelly Washington paced seventh-ranked Tennessee to a 26-18 win over No. 14 LSU. Washington, a 21-year old freshman and former pro baseball prospect, made 11 catches for 256 yards and one touchdown, a 70-yard scoring play in the third quarter that turned out to be the winning score.

LSU (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when quarterback Rohan Davey found freshman wide receiver Michael Clayton wide open for a 67-yard scoring play on the Tigers' second possession of the game.

Tennessee (3-0, 1-0) did not have an immediate answer to LSU's big play but did get two first half field goals, from 44 and 42 yards, from Alex Walls to make the score 7-6 at halftime.

Clausen put the Vols ahead on their first possession of the second half with a touchdown on a successful quarterback draw from three yards out. The score culminated a 16-play, 82-yard drive that took 7:30 off the clock. A two-point conversion failed.

Clausen, who finished 18-of-38 for 309 yards, connected with Washington on the Tennessee's next drive. Walls extra point put the Vols ahead 19-7.
LSU managed just 19 yards of offense in the third quarter and punted on both of its possessions.

Travis Stephens scored the final Tennessee touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 11:46 left in the game.

Davey, who was the driving force in the Tigers' 38-31 overtime win over Tennessee last season, finally sparked his offense in the fourth quarter. He led LSU on a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took just 1:15. The touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Davey to Josh Reed with 10:13 on the clock. The same duo hooked up for a two-point conversion to make the score 26-15.

LSU had to settle for a 25-yard John Corbello field goal on its next possession, drawing the Tigers with eight points of Tennessee with 3:12 remaining.

The Volunteers ate more time off the clock and punted the ball over to LSU with 30 seconds to go in the game. Davey, who finished 21-of-43 for 356 yards, took the Tigers to the UT 40 in the closing seconds, but his desperation throw downfield fell to the end zone to end the game.

GAME SUMMARY

(3-0) Tennessee 26
(2-1) LSU           18 Final

1ST QUARTER
LSU - MICHAEL CLAYTON 67 YD TD PASS FROM ROHAN DAVEY (JOHN CORBELLO KICK), 10:29
2ND QUARTER
TENNESSEE - ALEX WALLS 42 YD FG, 13:55
TENNESSEE - ALEX WALLS 44 YD FG, 5:31
3RD QUARTER
TENNESSEE - CASEY CLAUSEN 3 YD TD RUN (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED), 7:30
TENNESSEE - KELLEY WASHINGTON 70 YD TD PASS FROM CASEY CLAUSEN (ALEX WALLS KICK), 2:32
4TH QUARTER
TENNESSEE - TRAVIS STEPHENS 1 TD YD RUN (ALEX WALLS KICK), 11:46
LSU - JOSH REED 30 YD PASS FROM ROHAN DAVEY (JOSH REED RECEPTION FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION), 10:13
LSU - JOHN CORBELLO 25 YD FG, 3:12


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