Vols lose to LSU 30-10
(AP) — LSU avoided committing any turnovers while playing in a storm.
That discrepancy assured that the 21st-ranked Tigers would win for the fifth time in the last six games while Tennessee remained winless in Southeastern Conference competition. Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined to run for 165 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and LSU beat Tennessee 30-10 in a steady downpour.
"I thought the storm fired them up," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "They were like little kids playing in the backyard. I was proud of them."
Guice ran 24 times for 97 yards and one touchdown. Williams rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
LSU (8-3, 5-2 SEC, No. 20 College Football Playoff) scored 10 points after recovering two fumbled punt returns by Tennessee's Marquez Callaway in the red zone. The Tigers also began a touchdown drive after making a fourth-down stop at Tennessee's 21.
"The biggest thing was no turnovers (by LSU) and the obviously the turnovers on their part on the punt returns," Orgeron said. "I thought it was the difference in the game."
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7) was playing its first game under interim head coach Brady Hoke after the firing of Butch Jones.
The Volunteers must beat Vanderbilt next week to avoid their first eight-loss season in school history. A loss to Vanderbilt would cause Tennessee to finish a season winless in SEC competition for the first time since the league's formation in 1933.
Tennessee's Jarrett Guarantano went 13 of 23 for 239 yards with a touchdown pass.
Heavy wind surrounding Neyland Stadium caused one goalpost to lean to the side more than an hour before the start of the game, though stadium workers straightened it out. The first half was played in a steady rain that started swirling just before the start of the second half when numerous light fixtures in the upper level briefly went out.
Take aways from the game?
- Hoke did a decent job getting the players up for the game
- Vols played hard until the roof caved from the sky
- Offensive Line is not just depleted it is just bad
- Defense has some bright spots
One more game to go for this season. Vandy is up next=