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Tennessee clocks Gamecocks in SEC East upset

Mike Davis,Byron Moore AP

Steve Spurrier got a little too cute in the fourth quarter, and it may have cost the Gamecocks a win. Tennessee upset South Carolina with a short field goal by Michael Palardy as time expired for a 23-21 victory.

South Carolina was stuck in a fourth down ¬†with two yards needed for a first down from South Carolina’s 26-yard line. Perhaps taking some extra time to contemplate an unorthodox decision to go for a first down with a one-point lead with 2:55 to play, Spurrier kept his offense on the field instead of sending the punt team out. After taking one timeout Spurrier once again sent his offense out. After a second timeout, Spurrier came to his senses and punted the football.

We will never know if the game’s outcome may have changed if Spurrier had those two timeouts left to use on Tennessee’s final possession. The Vols took over on their 35-yard line and strategically moved in to position for the final field goal, but a top-play worthy 39-yard pass from Justin Worley to Marquez North on third down helped any of it become a reality. Once inside the red zone the Vols kept the football on the ground through the running game, knowing South Carolina would have to hold on to their final timeout.

The win was the first in SEC play for Butch Jones and the result opens up the SEC East for Missouri, who was on track to pick up another win, this time against Florida. South Carolina travels to Missouri next week, and they could potentially do so without their starting quarterback.

Connor Shaw was taken down by Tennessee’s Marlon Walls in the fourth quarter and needed to be helped off the field with an apparent left knee injury. Shaw suffered a left knee strain but was not taken to the locker room. Dylan Thompson took over at quarterback for one play before the Gamecocks had to punt.

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21 Responses to “Tennessee clocks Gamecocks in SEC East upset”
  1. jimr10 says: Oct 19, 2013 3:58 PM

    Welcome to Neyland Steve.

  2. imaduffer says: Oct 19, 2013 3:59 PM

    Bottom feeder Saturday in the SEC.

  3. canetic says: Oct 19, 2013 4:05 PM

    Shows how overrated the SEC teams are.

  4. Anoesis says: Oct 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    Wasn’t Spurrier bragging earlier about how he’s coached more games in Neyland Stadium than some recent Vols coaches? Guess that observation didn’t include smart coaching, just coaching.

  5. jimr10 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    cabetic… why don’t you get your favorite to schedule one of them…

  6. canetic says: Oct 19, 2013 4:29 PM

    jimr10 — You mean the Gators? Beat em.

  7. pricecube says: Oct 19, 2013 4:37 PM

    This might have been Spurrier’s last game to coach at Neyland. He has certainly dominated the rivalry but it makes me happy that he may have this loss to ruminate over in retirement. The Vol fanbase is all in with Butch Jones after this win. He has turned the team around and has shown he can recruit with anybody. Very impressed. This did not look like the same team that got hammered by Oregon.

  8. dolphins4 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:39 PM

    The Lamecocks are over rated.

  9. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 4:50 PM

    Cane- UNC had Miami beat, but I guess that was an mirage. Play Bama.

  10. jimr10 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    Last time I looked Florida is in the SEC

  11. titansbro says: Oct 19, 2013 5:01 PM

    Spurrier… lol

  12. tigersfandan says: Oct 19, 2013 5:12 PM

    jimr10 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    Last time I looked Florida is in the SEC
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    Canetic’s team is Miami. He was saying that his team beat Florida.

  13. canetic says: Oct 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    Normtide — that was a mirage because Miami won the game. “Had them beat” doesn’t count in the standings.

  14. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 6:34 PM

    Remember that when you wonder why a one loss team is ranked ahead of you.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Oct 19, 2013 6:48 PM

    Great game. Sorry, ole ball coach.

  16. overratedgators says: Oct 19, 2013 8:23 PM

    “Clowney for Heisman” … LOL

  17. greggatx says: Oct 19, 2013 9:54 PM

    The sec is imploding. Dropping like flies.

  18. AlaskanSalmon says: Oct 20, 2013 4:15 AM

    Mike Davis is beast

  19. jpat2424 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:11 AM

    Wishing I was stepping on spurrier’s stupid hat. Go Vols!!

  20. volfan2012 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:21 AM

    How does an SEC team beating an SEC team show how overrated the SEC is?

  21. imaduffer says: Oct 20, 2013 1:38 PM

    @volfan,

    When a Pac 12 team destroyed a unranked SEC team that just beat a ranked SEC team.

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