by Eric Brown
October 5, 2010 – On Saturday in Tiger Stadium, LSU went from totally defeated to undefeated within a few minutes and thirteen was the lucky number for the Tigers. Tennessee celebrated a 14-10 victory over LSU,which turned quickly into a 16-14 defeat. The Vols celebrated a sack of Jordan Jefferson as time expired, but lost in the celebration a flag in the end zone for having thirteen men on the field. LSU got one more chance and Stevan Ridley would not be denied. Ridley said after the game, “I knew I’d get the ball and I was gonna score”. LSU (5-0 3-0 in SEC) outgained the Vols (2-3 0-2 in SEC) 434-217, but 4 turnovers and interesting clock management late, made it a thrilling finish in front of 92,932, the fifth largest crowd ever at Tiger stadium. Coach Les Miles said after the game, “It wasn’t pretty, but Damn it was fun”. Miles said “I don’t think we could have played any sloppier,but the good news is we had victory”.
The Tiger looked to be in compete control after the first play which was an 83 yard touchdown run from Quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Seventeen seconds into the game, the Tigers were up 7-0. LSU rotated Jefferson (3-10-30 2 INT,100 yds on 5 carries) and Jarrett lee (16-23-185 1 INT) a lot during the course of the game. Lee said after the game “Competition only makes you better and pushes you”. Tauren Poole had a 1 yard touchdown rush with :24 to play in 1st that tied the game at 7-7. Both team exchanged blows in the second and third with no scoring. The Vols had a couple chances on LSU turnovers, but couldn’t capitalize. Daniel Lincoln, missed a 47 yard field goal early in the third after a Jefferson interception, gave them the ball on the 47 yard line. In the fourth Josh Jasper gave LSU a 10-7 lead with a 31 yard field goal, 0:10 seconds into the fourth. On the ensuing drive Matt Simms (12-23-121) hit a huge 37 yard pass to Justin Hunter to the Tiger 27 yard line and few plays later Tauren poole (24-110) rushed around right end 20 yards to the LSU 5 yard line. Matt Simms would walk into the endzone untouched from 3 yards out to put the Vols up 14-10 on an 8 play, 71 yard drive in 3:11.
Jarrett Lee lead the Tigers down the field hooking up with Rueben Randall from 47 yards out to the UT 9, but Lamarcus Thompson would pick Jarrett Lee in the endzone.Tigers defense stepped up big on a 4th and 1 from the LSU 31 making a stop. LSU would get the ball with 5:41 and Lee under center, where two huge plays keep the drive alive. First it’s Lee to Terrence Toliver on 3 and 13 for 14 yards to the UT 34 yard line. After a delay of game penalty with 1:22 left on the clock, it was fourth and 14 from the 38, Lee to Toliver again for 21 yards to the UT 17. A seven yard catch by Deangelo Peterson, set up a second and three with 54 seconds remaining. Vols were flagged for pass interfernce in the endzone to set the Tigers up from the 2 yard and line. After a Lee incompletion, Jefferson renters the game, rushes to the right and is stopped on the 1 yard line with 28 seconds to play. LSU would change personnel and spread the field as the clock ticks under 10 seconds and Center T-Bob Herbert snapped the high to Jefferson and he has to retreat all the way to the 19 and is sacked. The Vols erupted on the field, with players doing flips only to find out it wasn’t over and Stevan Ridley(22-124) would win the game with no time on the clock. Coach Derek Dooley, felt strongly after the game that the refs didn’t give his team a chance to make the necessary substitutions, leaving too many players on the field. (12) LSU (5-0) will visit (14) Florida (4-1) and Tennessee (2-3) will visit Georgia (1-4)
Box Score (Final)
2010 LSU Football
Tennessee vs #12 LSU (Oct 02, 2010 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Score by Quarters
(1 2 3 4 Total)
Tennessee 7 0 0 7
LSU 7 0 0 9
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 14:43 LS – Jo. Jefferson 83 yd run (Josh Jasper kick), 1-83 0:17
00:24 UT – Poole, T. 1 yd run (Palardy, M. kick), 10-63 5:23
4th 14:50 LS – Josh Jasper 31 yd field goal, 8-46 3:00
11:34 UT – Simms, M. 3 yd run (Palardy, M. kick), 8-71 3:11
00:00 LS – Stevan Ridley 1 yd run, 16-69 5:41
PASSING YDS (NET)
Passes Att-Comp-Int 23-12-0 33-19-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 1-21 3-30
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-79 3-64
Interception Returns-Yards 3-14 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 5-48.2 3-48.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-10 9-54
Possession Time 30:07 29:53
Third-Down Conversions 7 of 15 7 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 2 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-17 5-41
RUSHING: Tennessee-Poole, T. 24-109; Moore, D. 2-16; Oku, D. 1-3; Simms, M. 10-minus 32. LSU-Stevan
Ridley 22-123; Jo. Jefferson 5-100; Russell Shepard 2-12; Michael Ford 2-6; Richard Murphy 2-minus
7; Jarrett Lee 3-minus 15.
PASSING: Tennessee-Simms, M. 12-23-0-121. LSU-Jarrett Lee 16-23-1-185; Jo. Jefferson 3-10-2-30.
RECEIVING: Tennessee-Jones, G. 5-46; Moore, D. 2-19; Stocker, L. 2-16; Hunter, J. 1-37; Rogers, Z.
1-5; Poole, T. 1-minus 2. LSU-De. Peterson 5-45; Rueben Randle 4-69; T. Toliver 3-52; Russell
Shepard 3-26; Stevan Ridley 2-7; Spencer Ware 1-16; Richard Murphy 1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS: Tennessee-Jackson, J. 1-14; Reveiz, N. 1-0; Thompson, L. 1-0. LSU-None.
FUMBLES: Tennessee-Simms, M. 1-0. LSU-Richard Murphy 1-0; De. Peterson 1-1.
Tennessee (2-3,0-2) vs. LSU (5-0,3-0)
Date: Oct 02, 2010 • Site: Baton Rouge, La. • Stadium: Tiger Stadium