KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 11 South Carolina was in Knoxville on Saturday for a Southeastern Conference showdown with Tennessee, and after a tight battle the Volunteers sent the Gamecocks home with 23-21 a loss on the strength of a last second field goal.
After trailing 17-7 at the half, South Carolina scored twice in the third quarter to retake the lead, with Mike Davis running 21 yards to the end zone on the first score and Connor Shaw punching it in from a yard out on the second.
After Tennessee tacked on a field goal in the fourth, the Volunteers trailed 21-20 with and got an opportunity to win the game late. In need of a big play on third-and-long, Justin Worley found Marquez North down the left sideline for a 39-yard pass that set the Vols up in field goal range. North made a spectacular play on the ball, hauling in the pass with his left hand despite tight defense from a Gamecock defensive back.
Just needing to bleed the clock down, Tennessee ran several times before eventually spiking the ball inside the 5-yard line. On the ensuing play, Michael Palardy knocked in a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give UT a 23-21 victory over their SEC East rivals.
South Carolina was without the services of starting quarterback Connor Shaw in the closing minutes of the game after he went down a knee injury around the five-minute mark. For coach Butch Jones and Tennessee, it marked the first win over a ranked team for the Vols since Halloween of 2009.
Passing – Justin Worley, 19-for-34, 179 yards, TD
Rushing – Raijon Neal, 24 car, 77 yards, TD
Receiving – Marquez North, 3 rec, 102 yards
Passing – Connor Shaw, 7-for-21, 161 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Mike Davis, 21 car, 137 yards, TD
Receiving – Damiere Byrd, 4 rec, 121 yards, TD
• Tennessee now leads the all-time series with the Gamecocks 23-7-2.
• It was the first win for the Vols over South Carolina since 2009.
• The win snapped a 19-game losing streak for UT against ranked opponents.
• Steve Spurrier is now 14-9 in his career against Tennessee.