BATON ROUGE — No. 20 LSU had two takeaways on special teams and forced three turnovers on downs, as the Tigers survived a monsoon on Rocky Top to beat Tennessee, 30-10.
LSU (8-3, 7-2 SEC) accomplished eight victories for the 18th-straight season, marking the longest in SEC history and tying Oklahoma for the longest current streak in Power-5 conference football.
Without starting linebackers Arden Key and Donnie Alexander, LSU’s defense held Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) to only 38 rushing yards.
Meanwhile, Derrius Guice passed 1,000 rushing yards in the contest one play after quarterback Danny Etling passed 4,000 for his LSU career.
Guice, who had 97 yards on 24 carries, earned LSU’s 18th 1,000-yard season and became the fifth Tiger with multiple seasons of 1,000 rushing yards. His 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter was the 10th of the season, making him the seventh Tiger with 10-plus TD’s in multiple seasons.
Behind Guice, Darrel Williams had 68 yards on only seven carries with touchdown runs of 10 and 6 yards.
LSU had 200 rushing yards on 43 attempts.
Etling took advantage of limited opportunities to throw due to the weather, as the senior completed 11-of-15 passes for 81 yards in a crazy swirling wind. He also rushed nine times for 42 yards including a 13-yard touchdown run that extended LSU’s advantage to 17-3 in the second quarter.
Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was 13-for-23 passing for 239 yards with a touchdown. John Kelly had 24 rushes for only 43 net yards with a 9-yard long.
The Vols muffed two punts that led to 10 LSU points, as LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg played admirably in the difficult wind. He punted five times for a 49.2 average with a career-best 60-yard effort and three inside the 20.