Quarterly Report

What follows is an in-depth look at LSU's 28-24 come-from-behind defeat of Tennessee Saturday evening at Neyland Stadium. Each quarter is broken down into a recap, a key play, a key player and a key statistic.

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UT 0 Quarter 1 15:00 0 LSU
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Starting at quarterback despite a sore ankle, Erik Ainge had a third-and-10 pass dropped by Robert Meachem to end UT's first possession. LSU advanced to the Tennessee 35-yard line but Colt David missed a 52-yard field goal. Meachem and Bret Smith dropped passes on UT's next possession, prompting another three-and-out. After an exchange of punts, LSU was driving as the quarter ended.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-20 at his own 40-yard line, Tiger QB JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe with a 25-yard pass, sustaining a drive that would eventually produce a touchdown. On the final play of the quarter, facing third-and-15, Russell hit Early Doucet with a 14-yard pass that carried to the Vol 26-yard line.

KEY PLAYER

Russell. The LSU quarterback completed 5 of 8 passes for 82 yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

Tennessee ran just nine plays all quarter and netted minus-5 yards (3 passing, minus-8 rushing). Ainge completed just 1 of 6 passes but had three on-target throws dropped.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 0 LSU
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LSU converted a fourth-and-inches on the first play of the quarter, then scored on a 23-yard TD pass from Russell to Buster Davis on the second play. Jonathan Crompton replaced Ainge, whose ankle was reinjured on a first-quarter sack. Crompton guided the Vols to a pair of first downs on his first possession and a touchdown on his second. A 37-yard strike to Meachem capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive. LSU drove to the Vol 33-yard line but Jonathan Hefney intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards to the UT 38-yard line. Crompton marched the Vols to the LSU 8-yard line and James Wilhoit hit a 24-yard field goal with three seconds left in the quarter for a 10-7 Vol lead.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-five, Crompton hit Meachem for 7 yards, and a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty against LSU's Ryan Willis moved the ball to the Tiger 37-yard line. UT scored its TD two plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Crompton. He ignited a UT offense that was stagnant in the first quarter by completing 7 of 14 passes for 90 yards and a TD. He also rushed four times for 19 yards.

KEY STAT

After posting minus-5 yards in the first period, Tennessee rang up 139 yards of total offense in the second period.



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UT 10 Quarter 2 00:00 7 LSU
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An overthrew by Russell on the second scrimmage play of the second half was picked off by Demetrice Morley and returned 31 yards for a touchdown that widened UT's lead to 17-7. The lead was short-lived, however, as LSU answered with a 10-play, 77-yard TD drive. A slip screen to Bowe got the TD from five yards out, closing the gap to 17-14. A 15-yard kick catch interference call against JaKouri Williams gave LSU the ball at its 48-yard line and the Tigers cashed in with an eight-play, 52-yard TD drive to go ahead 21-17. Keiland Williams got the TD on a seven-yard run off an option pitch. Tennessee was driving as the quarter ended.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-10, the 6-6, 260-pound Russell scrambled for a 23-yard gain to the Vol 6-yard line. The Tigers scored their second TD three plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Russell. He was 5 of 8 passing for 63 yards and a TD and his 23-yard scramble was probably the biggest play of the quarter.

KEY STAT

LSU converted on three of four third-down plays. The Tigers also gashed UT's run defense for 67 yards on 12 carries in the quarter.



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UT 17 Quarter 3 00:00 21 LSU
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Wilhoit missed a 46-yard field goal on the first play of the quarter that would've narrowed the gap to 21-20. LSU's Chris Jackson gained 18 yards on a fake punt on fourth-and-one from LSU's 39-yard line but the drive ended when Russell threw his third interception of the game. Antwan Stewart got this one off a deflection by Bowe. A Crompton pass was tipped and intercepted three plays later but Bowe fumbled the ball back to UT two plays later. Crompton promptly hit Meachem with a 46-yard touchdown pass, giving the Vols a 24-21 lead with 7:29 to play. LSU then launched a 15-play drive that covered 80 yards, consumed 7:14 and ended with 9 seconds to go when Russell hit Doucet with a dramatic four-yard TD pass.
KEY PLAY

On fourth-and-seven at the Vol 42-yard line, Russell hit Doucet with a clutch eight-yard pass that sustained the game-winning drive.

KEY PLAYER

Doucet. He caught six passes for 51 yards in the quarter, including the drive-sustaining eight-yarder on fourth-and-seven and the game-winning TD pass in the final seconds.

KEY STAT

LSU kept the ball for 41 minutes and 6 seconds to Tennessee's 18 minutes and 54 seconds. The Tigers ran 81 offensive plays to UT's 50.



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UT 24 Quarter 4 00:00 28 LSU
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Game #: 1125
Site: Knoxville
Date: Nov. 4
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Tigers - Miles


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