GAMETRACK: LSU 21, Tennessee 14

ATLANTA - Jonathan Zenon returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown with 9:54 left in the fourth quarter as No. 7 LSU defeated 17th-ranked Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game Saturday night in the GeorgiaDome.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. LSU Tigers

Saturday Dec. 1, 2007


Atlanta, Ga.

Attendance: 73,832


Tennessee 7, LSU 0

Drive: 6 Plays, 57 Yards, 3:00

Scoring Play: Erik Ainge 11 pass to Chris Brown

PAT: Daniel Lincoln Kick

Clock: 12:00

Drive Started: At Tennessee's 43 following a pooch kickoff by LSU

Key Play: LSU's defense continued to struggle as the Volunteers gouged the Tiger defense for one huge gain after another. LSU looked as if it might get a stop forcing the Vols to a third and two and the 36. But the Vols inserted wide receiver Jerel Jones in at quarterback, who ran an option keeper around the left end for a gain of 20 to the Tigers' 16. Two plays later, on a pass that appeared to be nearly picked off by LSU defensive end Kirston Pittman, Tennessee tight end Chris Brown snared the ball instead and ran 11 yards for a touchdown.

Tennessee 7, LSU 3

Drive: 10 Plays, 62 Yards, 3:31

Scoring Play: Colt David 30 FG

Clock: 8:29

Drive Started: At LSU's 24 following a 23 yard kickoff return by Trindon Holliday

Key Play: The Tigers came out firing on all cylinders on offense. Jacob Hester spotlighted the Tigers' 10-play drive with punishing runs of 13 and 17 yards. Ryan Perrilloux got the start in place of Matt Flynn and he completed his first pass of the game to Keith Zinger, which covered 28 yards deep into Tennessee territory. But on second and four from the Tennessee seven, Perrilloux was sacked for a six yard loss. A pass to Early Doucet on third and 10 from the 13 fell incomplete and the Tigers had to settle for as field goal.

Tennessee 7, LSU 6

Drive: Plays, Yards, 3:57

Scoring Play: Colt David 30 FG

Clock: 3:07

Drive Started: At LSU's 29 after a 39-yard Britton Colquitt punt was downed

Key Play: Much the way the Tigers did against Arkansas and Kentucky, LSU wasted prime opportunities to score touchdowns and instead had to settle for field goals. The Tiger offense moved the ball well as Keiland Williams ripped off a 27-yard run and Charles Scott hauled in a 16-yard pass from Perrilloux. But as LSU moved inside the Volunteers 10, a fumble for a four yard loss and a penalty pushed the Tigers back and again LSU settled for a 30-yard, Colt David field goal.


LSU 13, Tennessee 7

Drive: 6 Plays, 76 Yards, 3:08

Scoring Play: Ryan Perrilloux 27 pass to Demetrius Byrd

PAT: Colt David Kick

Clock: 11:52

Drive Started: At LSU's 24 following a 13-yard Chad Jones kickoff return

Key Play: Facing third and three from the Tigers own 31 on the Tigers first offensive possession of the second half, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux finally went deep. Avoiding oncoming tackles, Perrilloux heaved a pass downfield for an awaiting Brandon LaFell. The ball was underthrown, but LaFell had such a jump on his defender that he was able to wait for the pass, which covered 48 yards to the Tennessee 21.

Tennessee 14, LSU 13

Drive: 9 Plays, 66 Yards, 3:08

Scoring Play: Erik Ainge 6 pass to Josh Briscoe

PAT: Daniel Lincoln Kick

Clock: 3:09

Drive Started: At Tennessee's 34 following a Trindon Holliday fumble

Key Play: It looked as if the Tigers were driving for the touchdown that would put the game away, but Trindon Holliday fumbled inside the Volunteer 30 thwarting a nice drive. The Volunteers took the ball, and bolstered by a 24-yard pass from Erik Ainge to Chris Brown, drove the length of the field and scored on Ainge's pass to Briscoe.


LSU 21, Tennessee 14


No Drive

Scoring Play: Jonathan Zenon 14 Interception Return

PAT: Ryan Perrilloux Run

Clock: 9:54

Key Play: LSU cornerback Jonathan Zenon said he had seen Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge throw one particular route four to five times already in the game. When Ainge dropped back to pass from Tennessee's own 14, Zenon recognized the play. Zenon read the play, stepped in front of Ainge's pass to Lucas Taylor and raced for the goal line for the game-winning score.

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