No. 8 Tennessee defeats No. 25 LSU
The Vols’ offense brought the thunder, but the real story of this game is the defense.
BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Volunteers defeated Louisiana State University Tigers Saturday in Baton Rouge.
Saturday marked Tennessee’s second conference match-up and first road SEC test of the 2022 season.
Here’s a recap:
Tennessee defeats LSU 40-13.
LSU attempts a 2-point conversion, but Daniels is sacked by Omari Thomas and LaTrell Bumphus. Tennessee leads 37-13.
After two scoreless quarters, LSU’s Kayshon Boutte scores on a 5-yard touchdown pass.
McGrath completed a 32-yard field goal, bringing the score up to 40-13 Vols.
LSU’s Daniels scrambles to Tennessee’s 3 for a 10-yard gain.
As LSU’s eyes were on the end zone, Flowers intercepted the ball. Vols claim the victory, 40-13.
End of Quarter.
Hooker hands it off too Small for a 5-yard touchdown run. Vols lead 37-7 with 2:13 left in quarter.
Scoring drive: 92 yards on 8 plays taking 3:19 minutes ending with a 5-yard TD run by Small.
Vols convert a 4th and 1 on a Jabari Small run. Ball on LSU 22.
Tennessee from the 8-yard line, Hooker connects with McCoy for a 48-yard catch. Ball on the LSU 44.
LSU’s drive stalls.
Hooker’s pass intended for McCoy is deflected and it’s a 3rd and out.
Hooker tackled and fumbles, but Tennessee’s Cooper Mays recovers for a 7-yard gain, 3rd down.
Daniels sacked again, this time by Harrison and Young again.
NOTE: Tennessee’s defense accounts for five sacks so far.
Hooker connects with Hyatt in the endzone for his second touchdown of the day. Tennessee scores on its opening drive. Vols extend lead 30-7.
Scoring drive: 76 yards on 9 plays with a 14-tard TD reception taking 3:07 minutes.
NOTE: Before this season, Hyatt had never had a multiple-touchdown game. Five games into this season, he already has two, his first against Akron when he accounted for a pair of TDs.
Hooker posts his longest run of the game, rushes for 26 yards to the 14-yard line.
Tennessee receives the kick to start the half.
End of Quarter.
Hooker connects with McCoy for a 32-yard catch, ball spotted on the 15. Chase McGrath comes back out for a field goal attempt and it’s good. Tennessee leads 23-7 as time expired in the half.
Daniels is sacked by Byron Young for a loss of 8 yards on 4th down. Tennessee takes over on downs. It’s LSU’s third turnover on downs on the day.
Chase McGrath’s 50-yard field goal attempt hits the right upright, no good. Tennessee’s first turnover on downs and takes over from their own 33.
LSU’s Josh Williams carries for a one-yard touchdown run. LSU gets on the board with 3:05 left in the half.
Scoring drive: LSU went 96 yards on 12 plays in 5:14 minutes on their first scoring drive of the game. Tennessee leads 20-7.
Tennessee punts for the first time this game, pins LSU inside the 5-yard line.
Hooker pitches to Princeton Fant to convert on a 4th down.
Hendon Hooker fumbles, Dylan Sampson with the heads-up play recovers the ball and brings up a 4th and short. The drive stays alive because of the freshman.
Daniels is sacked by Roman Harrison and Byron Young bringing up a 4th and 12. Tigers punt. Tennessee takes over at the 20-yard line.
First offensive play of the second quarter for Tennessee, Hooker connects with Jalin Hyatt for a 45-yard touchdown catch. Vols lead 20-0.
NOTE: With that touchdown, Hendon Hooker has now thrown a TD pass in 17 consecutive games, one shy of Heath Shuler’s UT record. The 17 straight is tied for the national lead.
NOTE: Jalin Hyatt now has as many touchdowns this season (4) as he had the previous two years combined. Two in 2021 and 2 in 2020.
Tennessee’s Aaron Beasley stuffs LSU on a 4th and 1 and brings up LSU’s second turnover on downs.
End of Quarter.
Bryson Eason sacks Daniels for a loss of 7 on the play, bringing up a 2nd and 17.
Chase McGrath drills a 38-yard field goal attempt.
Scoring drive: Vols go 68 yards on 11 plays ending with 3 points to go up by two scores.
Vols lead 13-0 with 2:26 left in quarter.
Hendon Hooker connects with Bru McCoy for a 25-yard catch and the Vols flip the field.
LSU comes up just short of a 4th down conversion. Trevon Flowers and Kamal Hadden made sure to stop Kayshon Boutte short of the first down marker. Turnover on downs. Vols take over at their own 11-yard line.
Daniels carries and brought down on the 14-yard line bringing up a 4th and 4.
Jeremy Banks is charged with a face mask penalty and moves LSU to the Vols 20-yard line.
Tennessee takes its first timeout of the game with 8:09 left in the quarter.
Jayden Daniels pass complete to Kayshon Boutte for 7 yards to the Tennessee 43 for a 1st down
LSU converts a 3rd and 13 for a 1stdown. Their first of the game.
The Tigers held the Vols on 3rd down. Vols settled for a 35-yard field goal attempt. Chase McGrath put it through the uprights to extend their lead 10-0.
Vols’ Dee Williams returned LSU’s punt 58 yards eventually coming down at LSU’s 26-yard line.
LSU’s first offensive drive results in a 3 and out.
The Tennessee Vols got on the board on their first offensive drive. Hendon Hooker hands it off to Jabari Small for a one-yard touchdown run.
Scoring drive: Tennessee went 5 plays for 27 yards to punch in their first score, Vols leads 7-0 with 113:46 to go in the first quarter.
LSU won the coin toss and elected to receive, but the Tigers muff the punt and Tennessee took over at LSU’s 27-yard line.
With an hour before kick-off, you could see a strong presence of Tennesse Orange filtering through Tiger Stadium.
To stay perfect, the Vols will need to come out fast and keep the pressure on. The Vols defense will need to stay on their keys and make sure to contain LSU’s quarterback Jayden Daniels.
Saturday’s match-up will set the tone for Tennessee’s season.
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