No. 1 LSU dominates Vols in 38-7 win

photo LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. tries to feint past Tennessee's Izauea Lanier.

KNOXVILLE -- A lively start for the University of Tennessee football team slowly transformed into a demoralizing finish and a 38-7 defeat.

The reason for it was simple to explain.

"Not a real complex game there," Volunteers coach Derek Dooley said after top-ranked LSU outscored his team 21-0 in the second half of the Southeastern Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.

"They pounded us. I don't know any other way to say it."

UT remains winless in the SEC with a trip to second-ranked Alabama looming next Saturday. The Tigers played to their ranking in the second half with drives of 12, 16 and 10 plays that ate up nearly 22 minutes of the clock.