Final: LSU 38, Tennessee 7

KNOXVLLE, Tenn. -- No. 1-ranked LSU has a way of wearing you down in the second half.

It’s like a purple and gold steamroller.

Tennessee found itself on the wrong end of that steamroller Saturday, as LSU pinned a 38-7 beating on the Vols in Neyland Stadium.

There wasn’t much flashy about the Tigers’ seventh straight win, all by double digits, and the only real drama centered around Jordan Jefferson opening the second half as the quarterback instead of Jarrett Lee.

But this is sort of the way this LSU team rolls: Run the ball with a vengeance, play keepaway on offense and play suffocating defense. LSU outscored Tennessee 21-0 in the second half, and the Vols only had three offensive possessions.

The Tigers (7-0, 4-0) now return home next week to face Auburn. After that comes an open date and then the game everyone’s been waiting on – Alabama on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa.

The Vols (3-3, 0-3) lost for the second straight week. Matt Simms filled in for the injured Tyler Bray at quarterback and was intercepted twice, one of those returned 89 yards by LSU’s Morris Claiborne to set up the Tigers’ first touchdown.

It doesn’t get any easier for Tennessee. The Vols travel to No. 2-ranked Alabama next week.