LSU?tops Tennessee, returns home for Auburn

Michael Tortorich
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Another week brought another convincing win for the No. 1 LSU Tigers.

The latest victim of the Tigers (7-0, 4-0) was SEC East foe Tennessee (3-3, 0-3). LSU cruised to a 38-7 win over the Volunteers Saturday in Neyland Stadium.

It was the largest margin of victory in LSU’s 32-game series with Tennessee.

The Tigers outgained the Vols 222-61 in the second half, while outscoring the home team 21-0.

LSU running back Spencer Ware scored both running and receiving. The last time a Tiger achieved that feat was in 2006 when Early Doucet accomplished it against Tulane. Ware grinded out 80 yards rushing and caught a 13-yard touchdown on a screen pass from quarterback Jarrett Lee.

Tigers wide receiver Russell Shepard scored for the first time this eason on a 14-yard pass play.

LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne had a standout defensive play when he returned an interception 89 yards. It was the third-longest in LSU?history. Two plays later, Lee threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rueben Randle (five catches for 86 yards).

Lee finished with 115 yards passing and two scores. Backup quarterback Jordan Jefferson also saw playing time, running for 73 yards and adding a 3-yard touchdown carry.

LSU controlled the clock, holding Tennesse to just three drives in the second half. The Tigers held a 15-minute advantage in time of possession.

LSU returns to Baton Rouge Oct. 22 to host Auburn. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.