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Vols scored early and often to silence LSU’s nasty bid


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BATON ROUGE, La. – – Hendon Hooker pass two touches down, Little Jabari ran 127 yards and two points, and No. 8 Tennessee punished LSU No. 25 for mistakes and recklessness in a resounding 40-13 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

A morning opening game drew LSU fans to Tigers Stadium significantly earlier than usual – and many were gone by the end of the third quarter, when Tennessee led 37-7.

The volunteers (5-0, 2-0 Southeast Conference) had their best start to a season since 2016 with a balance of offense, good defense under control. dual threat LSU QB Jayden Danielsand special teams the chance to play.

Hooker crossed 239 yards, with scoring passes of 45 and 14 yards to Jalin Hyatt. QB followed in the footsteps of a fleet that also occupied 56 of Tennessee’s 264 yards of land. Bru McCoy catch seven passes in 140 yards, draw howls “Bruuuuuuu!” from a large army of orange Volunteer fans.

Fans singing over and over “Good ol ‘Rocky Top” echoed throughout LSU’s Death Valley late in the game.

Tennessee Fires Daniels Five Times With Defensive Midfielder Byron Young half of that total.

LSU’s combination of early specials team failures and costly fourth-time risks helped Tennessee build an early double-digit lead.

Jack Bech had an opening kick that bounced off his chest and straight into Tennessee’s court Will Brooks at the 27-yard line of the Tigers. Five innings later, Small ran for 1 yard.

Minutes later, Vols offense returned to LSU 26 after Dee Williams‘The 58-yard pitch.

LSU (4-2, 2-1) drew Tennessee Chase McGrathGoal on the field 35 yards, but missed the opportunity to cut the deficit as coach Brian Kelly continued to foul on the field in 4th and 4th place from UT 14. A quick pass to Kayshon Boutte near the right border a few inches shorter.

13-0 lead, Tennessee beat LSU in fourth and 1 near quarterback, stop Josh Williams‘ run. In the next play, Hooker’s deep throw down the right side beat Hyatt to make it 20-0.

The Tigers responded with a 96-yard touchdown to pull 20-7 on Williams’ 1-yard run. And momentum seemed to switch quickly as McGrath’s 50-yard effort hit the post and LSU quickly overcame midfield in the final minute of the half.

But when LSU stalled at UT 45, Kelly continued to foul on the field in 4th and 10th places and Daniels was fired by Young.

Hooker’s 32-yard pass gave McCoy a short kick from McGrath, making it 23-7 at half-time.

CARRIED AWAY

Tennessee: Play without the left ball Gerald Mincey and the receiver Cedric Tillman may have impeded Vols’ offense on a number of threats that ended in scoring attempts. But Tennessee’s ability to still win the road while scoring more than 30 points for the fifth time this season further proves it. ranked top 10.

LSU: While Kelly appreciated his team’s heart in the win back earlier this season, the coach warned that early sloppy play and many points, first-half shortfall would probably be too much. much to get past a top 10 team like Tennessee. Kelly was right – and two of the Tigers’ next three games were against the highly ranked Mississippi and Alabama.

NEXT:

Tennessee: Hosts Alabama on October 15.

LSU: Arriving in Florida on October 15.

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