Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tigers demolish Vols @ Rocky Top, 38-7

It wasn't pretty. There were few style points, but  top-ranked LSU still mopped the floor with Tennessee, 38-7 in front of more than 101,000 at Rocky Top.
For the first time, perhaps, we saw a less-than-confident Jarrett Lee, who looked shaky at times. He finished with 115 yards and two touchdowns but they were both short passes that didn't require a lot of moxie.
Don't get me wrong, we'll take it.
The win was the Tigers' sixth straight SEC victory and their seventh consecutive win by double digits.
"I felt like we did what we needed to do," LSU coach Les Miles told reporters after the game. "It wasn't our best game, but we did what we had to do to ensure victory. Our defense gave us turnovers and the opportunities to take the opponent out. Our offense late in the game gave us the football and ate up the time of possession and scored."
Matt Simms, making his first start in place of the injured Tyler Bray, was 6 of 20 for 128 yards and two interceptions, one of them being the play of the game by LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. His 89-yard return to the 5 yard line put the Tigers in the driver's seat with their first score.
"It wasn't a really complex game," Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said. "In the first half, I thought we competed our tails off and had a couple of real bad mistakes that was ultimately the difference in the first half. In the second half, we had a couple of third-down opportunities where we didn't execute and they pounded us. I don't know any other way to say it."
Next up for the Tigers: The always-tough Auburn Tigers.

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