LSU 21, Tennessee 14

Here's a quarter-by-quarter recap of LSU's 21-14 defeat of Tennessee in Saturday's SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta:

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The Vols opened the game with a crisp six-play, 57-yard touchdown drive capped by an 11-yard TD pass from Erik Ainge to Chris Brown. LSU closed to 7-6 on a pair of 30-yard Colt David field goals.
KEY PLAY

On third and two at the Tiger 36-yard line, Gerald Jones took a direct-snap at tailback and rambled 20 yards. Tennessee scored its touchdown two plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Keiland Williams. The LSU tailback carried four times for 45 yards, setting up both Tiger field goals.

KEY STAT

LSU outrushed Tennessee 104 yards to 45 in the quarter but still trailed 7-6.



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LSU marched to the Vol 31-yard line before failing on a fourth-and-1 play. The Tigers drove to the UT 13 just before halftime but Davis misfired on yet another 30-yard field goal try.
KEY PLAY

The fourth-and-1 stop by Tennessee. Jacob Hester, 230-pound Tiger running back, was stopped in his tracks by 200-pound Vol cornerback Eric Berry.

KEY PLAYER

LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. He completed 10 of 12 passes for 137 yards in the quarter but got no points out of it because of the fourth-down failure and the missed field goal.

KEY STAT

Tennessee managed just 19 yards of total offense in the period. LSU went to the half with a 21:20 to 9:40 advantage in time of possession.



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LSU zoomed 76 yards in six plays after taking the second-half kickoff to grab a 13-7 lead. The big plays were a 48-yard pass from Perrilloux to Brandon LaFell and a 27-yard TD strike to Demetrius Byrd. Daniel Lincoln missed a 29-yard field goal for Tennessee but Eric Berry recovered a fumble, setting up a 66-yard drive that ended when Ainge hit Josh Briscoe with a six-yard scoring pass for a 14-13 lead. Berry intercepted a pass on LSU's next possession but Lincoln missed a 52-yard field goal.
KEY PLAY

Already leading 13-7, LSU appeared headed for another score as Trindon Holliday raced through Vol defenders for a nice gain. He bumped into a teammate, however, and fumbled near the Vol 35-yard line. Berry's recovery may have sparked a 14-point turn-around because Tennessee went up 14-13 nine plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Berry. The freshman phenom stymied back-to-back LSU drives - the first with a fumble recovery and the second with an interception. He also had a tackle for loss in the period.

KEY STAT

LSU lost two turnovers in the quarter but UT missed two field goals.



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UT 14 Quarter 3 00:00 13

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An interception and 18-yard return by LSU cornerback Jonathan Zenon turned the 14-13 deficit into a 19-14 Tiger lead. A keeper by Perrilloux provided a two-point conversion and concluded the scoring but not the drama. UT drove to the LSU 21-yard line but Denarius Moore dropped a pass from Ainge on fourth-and-four. UT then drove to the Tiger 15, only to see Darry Beckwith intercept Ainge again with 2:40 to play.
KEY PLAY

Zenon's interception. He jumped the quick-out route by UT's receiver, stepped in front of Ainge's pass and had smooth sailing to the end zone.

KEY PLAYER

Zenon. Simply put, his interception turned defeat into victory.

KEY STAT

LSU converted 10 of 20 third-down plays and kept the ball for 36:08 to Tennessee's 23:52.



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UT 14 Quarter 4 00:00 21

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