GAMETRAK: No. 13 LSU 28, No. 8 Tennessee 24

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The LSU Tigers won their first game on the road this season beating Tennessee 28-24 Saturday night in Neyland Stadium. JaMarcus Russell rallied the Tigers with a last-second touchdown pass to Early Doucet. Here's the way the game played out.

LSU Tigers


at Tennessee Volunteers


Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006

Neyland Stadium at Shields-Watkins Field

Knoxville, Tenn.

Attendance: 106,333



2nd Quarter


LSU 7, Tennessee 0

Drive: 13 Plays, 80 Yards, 5:46

Scoring Play: JaMarcus Russell 23 pass to Craig Davis

PAT: Colt David Kick

Clock: 14:32

Key Play: Facing third and 20 from the LSU 40, JaMarcus Russell rolled right, was under duress, and fired a strike to Dwayne Bowe over the middle for a clutch first down. Russell was drilled on the play, but delivered a perfect pass to Bowe, who motored for a 25-yard gain to the Tennessee 35. LSU scored five plays later.

Note: The touchdown pass was Russell's 16th scoring strike of the season. It was his 40th touchdown pass of his LSU career. LSU has also now scored first in every game this season.


LSU 7, Tennessee 7

Drive: 8 Plays, 80 Yards, 2:20

Scoring Play: Jonathan Crompton 37 pass to Robert Meachem

PAT: James Wilhoit Kick

Clock: 4:38

Key Play: LSU got burned again, it seemed, by the replay officials. Following a Tiger punt, it appeared Tennessee defensive back Demetrice Morley touched the ball while it was still in the field of play. LSU recovered the ball in the end zone for what should have been a touchdown. The play was called a touchback on the field and the replay official upheld the call. Tennessee then mounted it best drive of the day, moving the ball 80 yards on eight plays to tie the score 7-7.

Note: The touchdown pass was Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton's first career touchdown pass. Crompton replaced Erik Ainge in the first quarter with a sore ankle. Ainge completed just 1 of 6 passes for three yards.


Tennessee 10, LSU 7

Drive: 8 Plays, 54 Yards, 1:13

Scoring Play: James Wilhoit 24 FG

Clock: 0:03

Key Play: With LSU driving for what would have been the go-ahead touchdown, JaMarcus Russell threw an ill-advised pass in the direction of a heavily covered Richard Dickson. Jonathan Hefney stepped in front of the pass to intercept the ball at the Tennessee eight. He returned Russell's fifth interception of the season 30 yards to the Tennessee 38.

Note: With Wilhoit's field goal, LSU went into the locker room trailing for just the second time this season. The Tigers trailed Florida 14-7 at the intermission for the only other first half deficit of the season.



3rd Quarter


Tennessee 17, LSU 7

Drive: No Drive

Scoring Play: Demetrice Morley 31 Interception Return

PAT: James Wilhoit Kick

Clock: 13:41

Key Play: On second and nine from the 18, JaMarcus Russell intended to throw a slant pattern to Craig Davis. However, the ball looked as if it could have been tipped, but instead floated to the awaiting Morley. Morley went untouched the other way for the pick six.

Note: Morley's 34-yard interception return was the longest on the season for Tennessee. It was the sixth interception for Russell on the season, the first to be returned for a touchdown.


Tennessee 17, LSU 14

Drive: 10 Plays, 77 Yards, 3:53

Scoring Play: JaMarcus Russell 5 pass to Dwayne Bowe

PAT: Colt David Kick

Clock: 9:38

Key Play: On third and 10 from the Tennessee 30, JaMarcus Russell dropped back to pass but had no one open. The 6-6, 260-pound signal caller rolled right then streaked up the middle for a gain of 23 yards to the Volunteer seven. Two plays later, Russell hit Bowe for the score.

Note: The touchdown catch was the 22nd of Dwayne Bowe's career, which broke the school's career touchdown receiving record previously held by Michael Clayton. It was also the 19th time Russell and Bowe hooked up for a touchdown pass, making the duo the second most prolific pass-catch duo in school history behind Tommy Hodson and Wendell Davis (21 TDs).


LSU 21, Tennessee 17

Drive: 8 Plays, 52 Yards, 4:32

Scoring Play: Keiland Williams 5 run

PAT: Colt David Kick

Clock: 2:57

Key Play: Facing second and 11 from the Tennessee 42, JaMarcus Russell called for a draw play to Jacob Hester. What looked as if it could have been stopped at the line of scrimmage, great blocks by fullback Shawn Jordan and left guard Herman Johnson sprung Hester for a gain of 17 to the Volunteer 25.

Note: The five-yard touchdown run was the first career score for true freshman Keiland Williams.



4th Quarter


Tennessee 24, LSU 21

Drive: 1 Play, 54 Yards, 0:24

Scoring Play: Jonathan Crompton 54 pass to Robert Meachem

PAT: James Wilhoit kick

Clock: 7:29

Key Play: With all of the momentum following a Darry Beckwith interception, JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe on a slip screen. Bowe, fighting for extra yardage, was stripped of the ball by Tennessee's Jonathan Wade, which was recovered by Ryan Karl. The Volunteers scored on the initial play following the fumble.

Note: Robert Meachem's touchdown catch coupled with Wilhoit's extra point marks the most points allowed by the Tigers this season. LSU surrendered 23 points in a 23-10 loss at Florida.


LSU 28, Tennessee 24

Drive: 15 Plays, 80 Yards, 7:14

Scoring Play: JaMarcus Russell 4 pass to Early Doucet

PAT: Colt David kick

Clock: 0:09

Key Play: Facing a fourth and eight from the Tennessee 42, JaMarcus Russell and the LSU Tigers faced one play that would extend the game or seal victory for the Volunteers. Russell connected with Early Doucet for what looked to be a gain of as much as 10 yards. But Doucet was knocked back and managed a first down with just over a gain of eight yards for the first down.

Note: The touchdown catch was the second game-winner for Early Doucet of his career. Doucet hauled in a 34-yard touchdown catch versus Arizona State in the 2005 season opener, a game which LSU won 34-31.

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