Vols' running game comes alive

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's running game was non-existent in its first two SEC games, but at least has a pulse against LSU.

The Vols were held to minus-29 rushing yards in their two SEC losses to Florida and Georgia, but have had surprising success on the ground against an LSU defense that has suffocated opposing running games all season.

In pulling within 14-7, the Vols pounded the middle of that LSU defensive front with seven straight runs (with a key pass interference call mixed in) and have already rushed for 66 yards.

LSU is allowing Tennessee to hang around in this game, and give Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms credit for hanging in there in the pocket on his 44-yard completion to Da'Rick Rogers after throwing two really bad interceptions earlier.