KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The demoralizing thing about playing against LSU is how quickly the Tigers' defense can change the complexion of a game.
LSU leads Tennessee 7-0 early in the second quarter despite the Vols' defense playing as well as it has all season.
In fact, Tennessee had all the momentum after getting a favorable review on a deep pass and moving out to midfield. But on the next play, Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms tried to go deep, and Morris Claiborne had Da'Rick Rogers blanketed.
Not only did Claiborne make a leaping interception inside the 5, but he showcased the kind of running skills that also make him one of the league's most feared kickoff returners. He turned on the jets and weaved 89 yards, setting up Jarrett Lee's short touchdown pass to Rueben Randle and completely taking the wind out of Neyland Stadium.
It's the kind of game-changing play the LSU defense has made all season, and the Tigers needed it, too, because their offense hadn't done much of anything in this game.
It was the longest non-scoring interception return in LSU school history.