Any hope Tennessee had of making College Football as a one-lost out-of-conference champion came to a screeching halt on Saturday night’s 63-38 victory. Loss to unranked South Carolina.
South Carolina’s 63 points against Tennessee is the most the Gamecocks have scored against an SEC team since 1995, According to ESPN’s Tom Van Haren.
The Williams-Brice faithful were celebrating from the jump as the Gamecocks offense kicked off quickly and never looked back.
South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler had his best night as a collegiate quarterback, finishing 30 out of 37 vs. 438 yards and six touchdowns.
For Tennessee, the story of the night was a historic defensive poor performance as the Volunteers allowed South Carolina to score touchdowns on all eight drives to the red zone. The Volunteers defense was mediocre for most of the season, but was once convincing due to their solid offense.
Before Saturday night, Tennessee was simply able to outpace its opponents no matter how the defense plays, with the exception of Georgia, who turned the volumes earlier this month.
While most were willing to give Tennessee a pass for their loss to the defending champion, Saturday’s embarrassment at Columbia wouldn’t get the same treatment. Beaten again and again at point offense, the Volunteers had no response to a South Carolina offense that had its best game of the season.
To add insult to injury, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker was injured by Heisman in the fourth quarter as he was bent on a play that led to a fumble that South Carolina recovered. He did not return to the game and was seen heavily favoring his leg as he walked the coaches to the locker room.
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