Quarterly Report

Here's a quarter-by-quarter recap of Tennessee's 30-27 defeat of LSU Monday night in Baton Rouge:

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Two offsides penalties gave Tennessee a first down on its opening possession but LSU's Jessie Daniels stripped Erik Ainge and Kenneth Hollis recovered at the Vol 19-yard line. Joseph Addai, stuffed up the middle, bounced outside and raced into the end zone on the Tigers' first offensive play.

LSU drove to the Vol 28-yard line late in the quarter but JaMarcus Russell fumbled and UT's Jason Hall recovered to stop the drive.

Tennessee's offense stopped itself all quarter with poor throws and dropped passes.

KEY PLAY

The blindside hit on Ainge that led to the Hollis fumble recovery. LSU scored on the very next play.

KEY PLAYER

LSU safety Jessie Daniels. In addition to his strip of Ainge, Daniels stopped a Vol drive by dropping C.J. Fayton for a three-yard loss on a screen pass.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's 21 offensive snaps in the first quarter produced a mere 35 yards of total offense.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 7 LSU
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LSU went 70 yards in just four plays for its second touchdown. Joseph Addai burst 21 yards, then JaMarcus Russell hit Craig Davis for a 47-yard gain on a flea-flicker to the Vol 2-yard line. Addai was stopped at the 1, but Russell sneaked over the goal line on second down, boosting the lead to 14-0.

After an LSU punt was downed at the UT 1-yard line, Ainge was pressured on second-and-10. As he was being spun to the ground, he blindly slung the ball upfield. Hollis intercepted at the 3-yard line and stepped into the end zone, boosting the lead to 21-0.

Ainge, injured on the play, gave way to backup QB Rick Clausen at this point.

Russell completed four passes as LSU moved to the Vol 14-yard line with around 20 seconds left in the half. Russell scrambled on the final play but was stopped at the 5-yard line by Jason Mitchell, and the clock ran out before the Tigers could initiate another play.

KEY PLAY

TIE: The flea-flicker from Russell to Davis and Ainge's ill-advised throw from his own end zone. The flea-flicker began with Russell handing to tailback Shyrone Carey. Carey flipped the ball back to Russell, who found Davis wide open at UT's 20-yard line. Davis rambled another 18 yards before being dumped at the Vol 2-yard line.

KEY PLAYER

Russell. He completed six of nine passes for 92 yards. He also ran twice for 10 yards and a touchdown.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's 38 first-half snaps produced just 90 yards. The Vols converted just one of eight third-down opportunities and, as a result, punted seven times in the first half.



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UT 0 Quarter 2 00:00 21 LSU
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Clausen guided Tennessee to paydirt -- going 61 yards in 11 plays -- on UT's first possession of the second half. The TD came on an eight-yard toss to Bret Smith, closing the gap to 21-7.

Tennessee nearly scored again moments later. Smith broke free behind the LSU secondary but Clausen, throwing under duress, led him too much, forcing Smith to make a diving catch for a 25-yard gain at the UT 38-yard line.

After a 25-yard Skyler Green punt return, LSU drove from midfield to the UT 25-yard line, setting up a 42-yard Chris Jackson field goal that boosted the Tiger lead to 24-7.

KEY PLAY

Green's punt return. Just as UT was building momentum, that 25-yard runback put LSU in position to answer with a crucial field goal.

KEY PLAYER

TIE: Rick Clausen and Bret Smith. Clausen completed 6 of 7 passes for 47 yards on UT's scoring drive. Smith, in addition to his eight-yard TD catch, had the 25-yard gainer.

KEY STAT

With UT finally establishing some ball control, LSU had just 46 yards of total offense in the third period.



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Continuing a drive begun in the third period, Clausen hit C.J. Fayton for 15 yards on a crossing route and found Robert Meachem for 25 yards to the LSU 10-yard line. Clausen eventually scored on a fourth-and-goal sneak from the two-foot line, closing the deficit to 24-14.

Less than two minutes later, Vol safety Jonathan Hefney intercepted a Randall underthrow and returned it 23 yards to the LSU 2-yard line. Two Gerald Riggs runs got the ball into the end zone, narrowing the gap to 24-21 with 7:15 to go.

After a three-and-out by LSU, Riggs burst 22 yards to the LSU 41-yard line. Clausen hit Chris Hannon for 14 yards and Robert Meachem for 11. James Wilhoit eventually nailed a 28-yard field goal to tie the score at 24 with 2:02 left.

In overtime, LSU gained 11 yards on its first snap but wound up settling for a 31-yard Colt David field goal and a 27-24 lead.

Tennessee turned to Gerald Riggs on its possession. Clausen hit him for 10 yards to the LSU 15 on UT's first play, then handed it to him for 7, 5 and 2 yards. After a Clausen sneak failed to gain, Riggs barrelled into the end zone to secure a 30-27 victory.

KEY PLAY

Hefney's interception and return. That was the big play the Vols needed to turn the game their way.

KEY PLAYER

Clausen. He was the spark that ignited Tennessee as the Vols outscored LSU 30-6 after halftime.

KEY STAT

In the fourth quarter UT limited LSU to minus-3 yards of total offense. The Tigers managed 12 yards in overtime.



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UT 30 Quarter 4 00:00 27 LSU
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Game #: 1108
Site: Baton Rouge
Date: Sep. 24
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Tigers - Miles


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