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Ugly LSU Tigers Beat Uglier Tennessee Vols, Florida Next

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staton1The Tiger Stadium scoreboard read 0:00 when Stevan Ridley, a beast of a runner, barreled over left guard for a game-winning touchdown on Saturday as LSU escaped under a setting sun with a 16-14 SEC victory over Tennessee.

The 12th-ranked Tigers, one the least disciplined teams yet one of most talented teams  in the country, emerged from the game (5-0, 3-0 SEC).   LSU will face once-beaten Florida in the swamp at 6:30 p.m on Saturday in a game to be on ESPN. Head  the Gators beaten Alabama, the game would have been at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Bama defeated the Gators 31-6.  

Late in the fourth quarter, The Vols (2-3, 0-2) looked to add to their 14-10 lead when they moved into Tigers territory. However, the Vols elected to go for a fourth-and-1 from the LSU 31, but the Tigers held them for no gain and took over with 5:41 to play.

The Tigers, who interchanged quarterbacks throughout the game, went with pass-oriented Jarrett Lee for most of the game's final drive. After a delay of game penalty with 1:22 to play, Lee's fourth-and-14 pass from the 38 was caught by Terrence Toliver for 21 yards to the Vols 17.

Next was 17-yard catch by tight end Deangelo Peterson after, the Vols were flagged for pass interference with 36 seconds left.

From the 2, the Tigers came out in a "heavy" formation with multiple tight ends. Lee faked a handoff, but had to throw a pass out of the end zone.

Jordan Jefferson, who dashed 83 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play, tried a rollout, but was stopped for a one-yard gain.

The clock ran down. Jefferson could either could call another play quickly which they did not or spike the ball to the ground to stop the clock.

Instead, nothing happened -- except LSU started running players on the field as the clock kept ticking. Jefferson kept looking to the sidelines for the play, which never came in, and then with six seconds left and the clock still running, backup center T-Bob Hebert snapped the ball to Jefferson in the shotgun. However, Jefferson was looking over the defense and failed to see the ball coming at him. He wound up in the fetal position back at the 15.

"I looked up at the clock and saw it was running down and I had to snap it," said Hebert.

"It looked to all the world the game was over and shades of last year's Ole Miss Clock Debacle returned.

But in the end zone was a small yellow flag,  which Tigers fans naturally thought was on LSU because of its lack of discipline.

Instead, the flag was on Tennessee for having not 11, not 12, but 13 men on the field for the Tigers' aborted final snap.

The illegal substation penalty moved the ball inside the Vols 1 and gave the Tigers one more play and Ridley took it in.

"I don't know if I've had a loss like that," said new Vols coach Derek Dooley, who coached LSU under Nick Saban. "They changed personnel and ran a lot of guys on the field. The rules are the referee should stand over the ball and give us a chance to substitute. It was a lot of chaos. Things happened fast and guys didn't run off the field. The ball was snapped pretty quickly and we lost the game."

Before seeing the flag, and thinking he had won the game, Dooley ran across the field to shake hands with Miles. When he learned of the flag and the loss to the Tigers moments later, Dooley bolted down his sidelines and Miles had to chase after him to shake hands.

Actually, Hebert made the play of the game by snapping he ball. The Vols clearly had 13 players on the field. Both teams had to be coaxed back to their sidelines to run the final play. The teams left the field after the touchdown and the officials forgot about the point after.

"I went from misery to there's a handkerchief in the end zone," said Miles. "I went from, 'Oh, hell.' to 'Damn, that was a nice way to finish a game.' I don't think I've ever had that in my entire life. They just called one team the winner. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm going to enjoy that one."

"I don't know that we can play any sloppier," said Miles. "I don't know if he could have planned it any poorer. We are a very talented team. We didn't play near our capabilities. The series of downs in the back end of the game was embarrassing to me.

Ridley led the LSU rushing attack with 123 yards on 22 carries. The Tigers had four turnovers. They out-gained the Vols 434 yards to 217.

Lee was 16-for-185 yards and one interception. Jefferson was 3-of-10 for 30 yards with two interceptions.

The crowd of 92,932 was the fifth-largest in Tiger Stadium history.

"I'm just so glad we got that second opportunity to put it in the end zone," said Jefferson.

Did Miles draw up this signature win?

The pom poms are beating in Baton Rouge, where they don't like victories like this one.

LSU vs. Tennessee (From

Oct. 2, 2010 – Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.)

LSU Postgame Notes

Team Notes

1. LSU’s game captains were 30 Josh Jasper, 68 Josh Dworaczyk and 11 Kelvin Sheppard.

2. Tennessee won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.

3. LSU’s streak of consecutive regular season games without allowing a first quarter touchdown came to an end today with Tennessee’s

1-yard run with 0:24 left. It snapped a streak of 12 straight games dating back to last year’s Mississippi State game.

4. Jordan Jefferson’s 83-yard touchdown run with 14:43 on the clock in the first quarter represented the first time LSU scored on the

first play from scrimmage since Sept. 1, 2001 vs. Tulane. In that contest, LaBrandon Toefield had a 28-yard rushing TD following a

59-yard kick return from Domanick Davis to open the game.

5. Today’s attendance of 92,932 is the fifth largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history.

6. With its 16-14 come-from-behind win in the fourth quarter today against Tennessee, LSU has now won 14 games in the fourth quarter

or overtime in six seasons under Les Miles since 2005.

7. LSU running back Stevan Ridley ran for 123 yards and quarterback Jordan Jefferson ran for 100 yards to become the first duo to

rush for at least 100 yards in the same game since Alley Broussard ran for a school-record 250 yards and Joseph Addai ran for 107

yards against Ole Miss on Nov. 20, 2004.

8. Stevan Ridley’s game-winning touchdown with no time remaining on the clock marked the first time that LSU has won a game on the

final play since a 23-20 overtime win against Ole Miss on Nov. 18, 2006.

9. LSU’s 434 yards of total offense against Tennessee is a season-high for offensive output in a game.

Individual Notes

10. PK Josh Jasper booted a 31-yard field goal with 14:50 left in the fourth quarter. He missed from 54 yards earlier in the game with

5:47 to go in the first quarter to finish 1-for-2 for the game.

a. Jasper is now 10-of-12 for the season and 29-of-34 for his career. He remains the LSU career leader in field goal

percentage (.852). For his career, he is 6-of-9 from 40 yards or more. Beyond 50-yards, Jasper is 3-of-5.

b. Jasper is in sole possession of eighth place in LSU career field goals made with 29, which is four behind the 33 field

goals made by both Mike Conway (1975-78) and Pedro Suarez (1990-92).

c. With one made PAT against Tennessee, Jasper improved to a perfect 51-of-51 for his career. The 51 consecutive PATs

ranks fourth all-time in the LSU consecutive PATs record books.

11. QB Jordan Jefferson raced 83 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. It was the longest rush by a quarterback in school history, breaking the record of 76 yards previously held by Marcus Randall against Texas in the 2003 Cotton Bowl.

a. Jefferson recorded his second rushing TD of the season and fourth of his career.

b. The run was also the eighth-longest rushing TD in school history and the longest since Jacob Hester ran 87 yards for ascore against Louisiana Tech in 2007.

12. TE Deangelo Peterson set a career-high with five catches today. Peterson’s previous high was two last year versus Alabama. Peterson

came into the game with one catch on the season after returning from injury last week.

13. RB Stevan Ridley went over the 100-yard mark for the second-straight game with 123 yards rushing today. It was his third 100-yard

game this season and third of his career.

a. Ridley became the first Tiger with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Charles Scott did so against Tulane (114

yds) and Georgia (144) in 2008.

14. LB Kelvin Sheppard finished with 10 total tackles in today’s game against Tennessee and has now finished with double-digit tackles

in two-straight games following his 11-tackle performance against West Virginia last week. He leads the LSU defense with 48 tackles

on the 2010 season.

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