COLUMBIA S.C. (WATE) – Vols fans wanted to see a complete game from Tennessee. They wouldn’t get it.
They wanted to see a turnover-free game. They wouldn’t get it.
They wanted an injury-free night. They wouldn’t get it.
They also wouldn’t get the win.
No. 18 Tennessee failed to put together it’s second half spark, falling to South Carolina 24-21 on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
The Gamecocks capped off a 10-play drive with Rico Dowdle running in from one yard out to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. South Carolina used 32 rushing yards and 21 through the air in the drive.
Tennessee would answer with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter. Jalen Hurd’s 1-yard run ended a 9-play, 53-yard drive to even the game at 7-7.
After Joshua Dobbs was intercepted by Jamarcus King, South Carolina would turn the Vols turnover into points.
Jake Bentley, the Gamecocks true freshman quarterback, connected with Bryan Edwards from 17 yards out to put the South Carolina up 14-7 in the second quarter,
After South Carolina added to its lead in the third quarter with a 28 field goal, Evan Berry answered for the Vols, returning the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to cut the Gamecocks lead to 17-14 with 1:35 left to play in the third quarter.
Bentley put together a scoring drive soon after, finding a wide-open K.C. Crosby for a 35-yard touchdown with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
Once again, Tennessee had a response. Dobbs connected with Jauan Jennings for a 6-yard score to make it a 24-21 game with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.