Tennessee Stat Book
BATON ROUGE, La. – A bizarre finish robbed Tennessee of the first signature win of the Derek Dooley era on Saturday.
LSU scored on a 1-yard run by Stevan Ridley as time ran out to win 16-14 at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers were awarded an extra play after Tennessee was penalized for having 12 men on the field in a play on which they appeared to have stopped LSU with a fumble recovery on a botched snap.
Matt Simms had scored on a 3-yard keeper with 11:34 to play and put the Vols ahead 14-10.
UT (2-3, 0-2 SEC) goes to Georgia next week.
Tennessee made it into the half with a 7-7 deadlock against No. 12 LSU – after a start that couldn’t have been worse for the Vols.
On the first play after the kickoff, LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson ran 83 yards for a touchdown.
All he had to do was fake out UT safety Prentiss Waggner just beyond the line of scrimmage and there was no other Vol in tackling range.
With 14:43 still on the first-quarter clock, LSU led 7-0.
But Tennessee struck back, thwarting two LSU drives with turnovers and executing a 10-play scoring drive to tie the game.
Tauren Poole’s 1-yard touchdown at the end of the first quarter capped a 63-yard drive. Michael Palardy, subbing for Daniel Lincoln, kicked the PAT to tie it 7-7.
That’s where it stayed throughout the second quarter.
Janzen Jackson ended one LSU drive with an interception and another with a fumble recovery.
The Vols never penetrated into Tiger territory in the second quarter but Tennessee was no doubt happy to get to intermission on even ground.