Vanderbilt 24, LSU 21
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Marcus Wilson’s 4-yard touchdown run with 69 seconds remaining and a last- second offensive pass interference call in the end zone against LSU lifted Vanderbilt to a 24-21 Southeastern Conference upset Saturday.
The victory allowed Vanderbilt (1-1, 1-0) to snap a 10-game losing streak and hand LSU (2-1, 0-1) its first loss of the season.
Wilson, a sophomore making his first start, gained 136 yards on 29 carries as he turned in a near-flawless performance in guiding the Vanderbilt wishbone offense.
The Commodores averaged 5.2 yards a rush as they gained 342 yards on 65 rushing attempts, their most rushing yardage since coach Watson Brown took over the program in 1986.
Wilson gave way to Mike Healey after LSU grabbed a 21-17 lead on a 16-yard run by Odell Beckham with 3:34 left. Healey connected on four of six passes as he took the Commodores from their 21-yard line to the LSU 17.
Healey gave Vandy a first down at the Tigers’ 4 when he was flushed from the pocket, found an opening on the right side and gained 13 yards. Wilson returned to the field and promptly faked to Carlos Thomas off right tackle and followed his fullback into the end zone to put the Commodores on top.
Sol Graves brought the Tigers right back, moving LSU from its 8 to the Commodores’ 42. On fourth-and-10, Graves lofted a desperation pass that Todd Kitchen hauled in between a pair of defenders.
The Tigers began to celebrate, but it was ruled Kitchen had pushed cornerback Derek Wilham in order to make the catch. That wiped out the touchdown and gave the football to the Commodores with only three seconds remaining.
Mistakes plagued the Tigers most of the day.
LSU turned the ball over on its first drive, with Vanderbilt’s Kenny Pulce covering a fumble by Graves at the Commodores’ 49. Eight plays later, Thomas bulled his way into the end zone from the 2.
The Tigers pulled even with 8:51 remaining in the half when Harvey Williams scored on a 10-yard run to end a 66-yard drive.
Vanderbilt ran its wishbone to perfection after taking the kickoff, running the half’s final 8:51 off the clock during a 20-play march that ended with Rob Chura’s 32-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.
Vanderbilt upped its lead to 17-7 on Thomas’ second touchdown, another 2- yard run in the third quarter, before the Tigers rallied.
Beckham entered the game for Williams early in the third quarter when the LSU tailback injured his left hamstring. Beckham scored on a 3-yard run to pull the Tigers within 17-14 and gave LSU its only lead with his fourth- quarter touchdown.