Tennessee sophomore Faud Reveiz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 2:07 to play, but missed a 52-yarder with two seconds left that would have beaten 18th-ranked Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La., last night. Instead, the game ended in a 24-24 tie.
Freshman Dalton Hilliard ran three yards for a touchdown to give LSU (3-0-1, 1-0-1 in the Southeastern Conference) a 24-14 lead with 13:15 to play. Tennessee (2-2-1, 0-1-1) scored a touchdown midway through the fourth period after recovering a fumble, then drove 40 yards to set up the tying field goal.
"No, it's not almost like a win -- emphatically not," said Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors. "We played well enough to win but it's not a win, and you don't settle for ties.
"However, as long as I live, I will never forget the effort this team gave tonight."
Reveiz made two 38-yard field goals to give Tennessee a 6-0 lead, but LSU held a 17-14 lead at halftime. The teams scored 25 points in the last 2 minutes 40 seconds of first half, including a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Tennessee's Willie Gault.
"We covered kickoffs and punt returns about as badly as we could," said LSU Coach Jerry Stovall.