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COLUMBIA, SC – Tennessee fell to South Carolina on Saturday night as the Gamecocks rallied to take a late, 27-24 lead at Williams-Brice Stadium.
With the loss, Tennessee holds a 3-5 (1-4 SEC) record while the Gamecocks move to 4-3 (3-3 SEC).
The Vols were led offensively by redshirt sophomore quarterback Jarrett Guarantano who completed 27-of-39 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Tim Jordan led the ground attack with 12 attempts for 62 yards while junior wide receiver Marquez Callaway had nine receptions for 86 yards to lead the receiving corps.
Tennessee Volunteers running back Tim Jordan (9) carries the ball as South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Steven Montac (22) tackles in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
Vols lose second straight game to a Top 10 team on Saturday
Knoxville, TN – No. 9/11 Tennessee fell to No. 1/1 Alabama 49-10 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
Alabama jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Tennessee (5-2, 2-2 SEC) pulled within seven in the second quarter after forcing a turnover in Crimson Tide territory. Derek Barnett got around the edge and forced a fumble by quarterback Jalen Hurts. Quay Picou recovered the ball to set the Vols up at Alabama’s 11-yard line.
Two plays later, Alvin Kamara rushed seven yards up the middle on a read-option play to bring the score to 14-7.
Tennessee Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara (6) runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half at Neyland Stadium. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
College Station, TX –Tennessee scored three touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter and rallied to force overtime at Texas A&M Saturday, but seven UT turnovers and too many empty possessions led to the Vols’ first loss of the season as the Aggies prevailed, 45-38, in double overtime at Kyle Field.
Tennessee trailed by as many as 21 points in Saturday’s battle of top-10 teams. The loss snapped an 11-game win streak for the injury-plagued Volunteers, who were without three preseason All-SEC honorees.
The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) return to action next Saturday when they host top-ranked Alabama at Neyland Stadium (2:30pm CT, CBS). Texas A&M, which entered the game ranked No. 8 nationally, improved to 6-0 (4-0 SEC).
Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) rolls out to pass against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeated the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Knoxville, TN – No. 14/12 Tennessee scored 38-straight points, Joshua Dobbs was responsible for five touchdowns and the Vols roared back in the second half to take a 38-28 victory over No. 19/16 Florida.
Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) trailed 21-0 in the second quarter and 21-3 at the half. After Florida (3-1, 1-1 SEC) had outgained UT 300-162 in the first half, the Vols dominated the second half with 336 yards to the Gators’ 102. Derek Barnett sparked the defense in the second half with a pair of sacks on key third downs.
With the win, Tennessee snapped an 11-game losing streak against Florida (3-1, 1-1 SEC). The Vols also earned their first win in its SEC opener since 2004 when they also defeated the Gators 30-28 to begin the conference schedule.
Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) drops back to pass the ball against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
Knoxville, Tn –Florida’s winning streak against the Vols continues.
Florida took its first lead of the game with 6:20 left in regulation and held on for a 10-9 victory over Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC). It was the Gators (3-1, 2-1 SEC) 10th consecutive victory in the series, dating to a 30-28 Vols’ victory on Sept. 18th, 2004, on a last-second field goal by James Wilhoit.
Florida’s quarterback change from Jeff Driskel to Treon Harris proved to be the difference for the Gators getting their offense kick-started. He led the Gators to both of their scoring drives and their 10 fourth-quarter points.
Knoxville, Tn –The University of Tennessee football team won its 20th home opener in a row in front of a sell-out crowd of 102,455, defeating the Utah State Aggies, 38-7, on Sunday night at Neyland Stadium.
In the 2014 opener, the Vols played a record 20 true freshmen and 10 newcomers, which surpassed the 2011-12 record number of 12 true freshmen seeing action.
Senior Justin Worley had a complete night under center, going 27-for-38 for 273 yards, marking career highs for completions and attempts. His 13 straight completions were good the fourth best in school history. Worley’s three touchdown passes also tied his career high.
Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Pig Howard (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Utah State Aggies linebacker Nick Vigil (41) (not pictured) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)