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Tennessee 40, Louisiana State 13

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. - Hendon Hooker passed for two touchdowns, Jabari Small ran for 127 yards and two scores, and No. 8 Tennessee punished No. 25 LSU for its mistakes and risk-taking in a resounding 40-13 victory over the Tigers.

A morning kickoff lured LSU fans to Tigers Stadium considerably 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 Southeastern Conference) matched their best start to a season since 2016 with balance on offense, sound defense that corralled dual-threat LSU QB Jayden Daniels, and opportunistic special teams play.

Hooker passed for 239 yards, with scoring passes of 45 and 14 yards to Jalin Hyatt. The fleet-footed QB also accounted for 56 of Tennessee's 264 yards on the ground. Bru McCoy caught seven passes for 140 yards, drawing howls of "Bruuuuuuu!" from a sizeable contingent of fans in Volunteer orange.

Those fans' repeated singing of "Good ol' Rocky Top" echoed throughout LSU's Death Valley by game's end.

Tennessee sacked Daniels five times with defensive lineman Byron Young accounting for half of that total.

LSU's combination of early special teams failures and costly fourth-down risks helped Tennessee build an early double-digit lead.

Jack Bech had the opening kickoff bounce off his chest and straight to Tennessee's Will Brooks at the Tigers' 27-yard line. Five plays later, Small ran for a 1-yard score.

Minutes later, the Vols' offense was back on the LSU 26 after Dee Williams' 58-yard punt return.

LSU (4-2, 2-1) held Tennessee to Chase McGrath's 35-yard field goal, but missed a chance to trim its deficit when coach Brian Kelly kept the offense on the field on fourth and 4 from the UT 14. A quick pass to Kayshon Boutte near the right sideline came up inches short.

Leading 13-0, Tennessee thwarted LSU on fourth and 1 near midfield, stopping Josh Williams' run. On the next play, Hooker's deep throw down the right sideline hit Hyatt in stride to make it 20-0.

The Tigers responded with a 96-yard touchdown drive to pull to 20-7 on Williams' 1-yard run. And momentum briefly appeared to be turning when McGrath's 50-yard field goal attempt hit the post and LSU quickly drove across midfield in the final minute of the half.

But when LSU stalled at the UT 45, Kelly kept the offense on the field on fourth-and-10 and Daniels was sacked by Young.

Hooker's 32-yard pass to McCoy to set up a short McGrath kick that made it 23-7 at the half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: Playing without left tackle Gerald Mincey and star receiver Cedric Tillman might have hampered the Vols offense on several threatening drives the ended with field goal attempts. But Tennessee's ability to nonetheless win on the road while scoring more than 30 points for the fifth time this season further validated its top 10 ranking.

LSU: While Kelly had credited his team's heart in comeback victories earlier this season, the coach warned that sloppy play early and multi-score, first-half deficits probably would be too much to overcome against a top-10 team like Tennessee. Kelly was right - and two of the Tigers' next three games are against highly ranked Mississippi and Alabama.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TennLSU
Tenn TD 13:46 Jabari Small 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 0
Tenn FG 11:08 Chase McGrath 35 yard field goal 10 0
Tenn FG 2:26 Chase McGrath 38 yard field goal 13 0
Second Quarter TennLSU
Tenn TD 14:39 Jalin Hyatt 45 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 20 0
LSU TD 3:05 Josh Williams 1 yard TD run (Damian Ramos Extra Point) 20 7
Tenn FG 0:00 Chase McGrath 32 yard field goal 23 7
Third Quarter TennLSU
Tenn TD 11:47 Jalin Hyatt 14 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 30 7
Tenn TD 2:13 Jabari Small 5 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 37 7
Fourth Quarter TennLSU
LSU TD 11:32 Kayshon Boutte 5 yard TD pass from Jayden Daniels (2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 37 13
Tenn FG 2:39 Chase McGrath 32 yard field goal 40 13
Team Stats
  Tennessee LSU
First downs 28 26
  Rushing 13 5
  Passing 11 15
  Penalty 4 6
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 7-15, 47%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 0-3, 0%
Rushes-Yards 49-262 28-55
Passing Yards 239 300
Return Yards 113 21
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-28-0 32-45-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 5-34
Punts 2 4
Fumbles Lost 3-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 12-107 9-81
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 17 27 239 2 0
LSU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 32 45 300 1 1
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Small 22 127 5.8 2
J. Wright 12 59 4.9 0
H. Hooker 10 56 5.6 0
D. Sampson 2 14 7.0 0
S. White 1 5 5.0 0
B. McCoy 1 3 3.0 0
LSU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Daniels 16 38 2.4 0
J. Williams 7 10 1.4 1
J. Emery Jr. 4 4 1.0 0
N. Cain 1 3 3.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. McCoy 7 140 20.0 0
J. Hyatt 4 63 15.8 2
R. Keyton 2 19 9.5 0
P. Fant 2 13 6.5 0
J. Small 1 3 3.0 0
S. White 1 1 1.0 0
LSU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Nabers 6 80 13.3 0
J. Jenkins 3 44 14.7 0
B. Thomas Jr. 5 37 7.4 0
K. Boutte 6 33 5.5 1
N. Cain 3 31 10.3 0
K. Lacy 4 24 6.0 0
M. Taylor 2 22 11.0 0
J. Williams 2 15 7.5 0
J. Bech 1 14 14.0 0
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Flowers 1 0
LSU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 2 83 41.5
LSU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bramblett 4 216 54.0
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Williams 1 58 58.0
LSU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Holiday 3 55 18.3
LSU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Bech 2 21 10.5
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
C. McGrath 50
LSU Missed FG
Player Length




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