Connor Shaw latest QB to pile up yards on Vols

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South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, left, throws a pass under pressure from Tennessee's Darrington Sentimore.

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ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, left, throws a pass under pressure from Tennessee's Darrington Sentimore.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tennessee was two plays into what had the makings of a glorious goal-line stand when South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw scored with ridiculous ease on third down.

Two good plays, one disastrous one: the sequence twice proved crucial in UT's 38-35 loss to 17th-ranked South Carolina on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

In the final minute of the first half, the Vols twice stopped running back Kenny Myles for no gain from their 1-yard line.

But on third down, Shaw circled left end for the touchdown with no Vols within 3 yards of him as South Carolina took a 14-point lead with 14 seconds left in the half.

Another first-half series inside the Vols' 10-yard line was even more telling as they dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-5 in the SEC.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore couldn't make an inch on first down from the UT 8. Next, the Gamecocks were flagged for a false start. Then, the Vols sacked Shaw for a 13-yard loss.

The series turned topsy-turvy on the next play, a 26-yard pass from Shaw to tight end Rory Anderson in the midst of three UT defenders who were just close enough for identification purposes on the JumboTron replay.

"We just took what the defense gave us," said Shaw in explaining his team's offensive success, most of which came via passing. "They were playing in a zone, and we were able to hit some spots."

More specifically, they were able to hit some tight ends.

Tight end Justice Cunningham had six catches for 108 yards. Anderson had three receptions for 58 yards.

"It was a game in which we had to throw the ball," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "And Connor threw the ball beautifully."

That's not a new development against Tennessee's defense, which is allowing 271.9 yards passing per game.

Shaw completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns.

His performance fell neatly in line with the play of opposing quarterbacks the past two Saturdays against UT.

The previous week, Alabama's AJ McCarron completed 17 of 22 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns. The week before that, Mississippi State's Tyler Russell was 23-for-37 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Both had career highs in passing yardage.

Given UT's problems defending the pass, it's not surprising Spurrier envisioned even more yards.

"We just barely missed about three long ones — two to Ace (Sanders), and Damiere (Byrd) had it in his hands and couldn't hold on, or we would have had well over 500 yards passing."

Not every pass went South Carolina's way. Herman Lathers ended one fourth-quarter drive with a fourth-down interception at the Vols' 30.

The interception capped a great game for UT's senior linebacker. In addition to the interception, he had a game-high 15 tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss.

The individual stats didn't make Lathers feel any better.

"It's the same old storyline," he said. "We didn't get the win.

"But we battled and played hard enough to get the win."

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lemme_axya_this writes:

When asked about the execution of his offense, the late John McKay said, "I'm in favor of it."
That's where I am about our defense right now.

6972 writes:

Shaw's walk in touchdown look like he was taking a Sunday afternoon stroll through the park. Where was the defense on that one. One of the easiest scoring td I can remember in a long time.

Pullingguard writes:

for sure Sal evidently learned nothing about running a defense while at Ala. Or, maybe he is a slow Learner.... No adjustments,
3rd goal from 25 and he gives safety no help...One has to wonder ..... Who hired him with big salary and contract..

UTKin1992 writes:

Honk if you've piled up yards on Tennessee's defense!

Pipe_Down_Otis writes:

We made Miss State's QB look like an All-American last week....against Alabama he had maybe 100 yards passing....If our defense was a girl, she'd die an old maid.

vol98champ writes:

What does the 3-4 defense have to do with the corners and safeties? If we were in a 4-3 wouldn't our LBs still be trying to cover WRs? Was Randolph that good last year and against NC State? How did Wilcox hide the fact that the other DBs can't cover or tackle? Is there any hope out there?

jobrando#216494 writes:

Shaw for Heisman all this week but really he sucks

tennisvol writes:

It seems like every QB against the TN defense has a record day so this is nothing new. How about doing an article on the decision to hire Sal, who was not a defensive cordinator, and others who could have been hired with more experience? It all comes back to Dooley.

SummittsCourt writes:

I know fans are really upset and sour right now, but believe it or not - it could be worse.

UT should win out and finish 7-5 with a bowl bid.

However - Look at Auburn (0-6, 1-7) only win game against mid level LA-Monroe because they missed a makeable FG.

Look at UK (0-6 1-8) with a loss to W. Kentucky and blown out in 6 of 8 losses. Only win against Kent St.

Outside of the conference look at Colorado (1-4, 1-7) Only win came against WSU by 1 point and they are 0-5 in conference play.

I could go on with Kansas, Virginia, Illinois, S. Fla and many more.

UT is not in as bad of shape as some of you seem to think. UT has played and lost to 5 of the best teams in the country, let alone the SEC. They played well enough to beat MSU, GA & SC on the road and had UF down in the 3rd quarter and was respectable against Bama for the first half.

Bama #1 all year
Fla #2 until yesterday
GA # 5 when UT played them
MSU #11 until yesterday
SC #5 at one point this season.

Squid_Vol writes:

These laments will turn to praise next season, if we have enough sense to give him time. Dooley is getting it done.

Should we start a roster of naysayers for display in Nov 13?

OldVols68 writes:

So that defensive coordinator came from Alabama: now I see why Saban didn't try hard to keep him. His son is very good, but give me Wilcox any day of the week.

Ironcity writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

I know fans are really upset and sour right now, but believe it or not - it could be worse.

UT should win out and finish 7-5 with a bowl bid.

However - Look at Auburn (0-6, 1-7) only win game against mid level LA-Monroe because they missed a makeable FG.

Look at UK (0-6 1-8) with a loss to W. Kentucky and blown out in 6 of 8 losses. Only win against Kent St.

Outside of the conference look at Colorado (1-4, 1-7) Only win came against WSU by 1 point and they are 0-5 in conference play.

I could go on with Kansas, Virginia, Illinois, S. Fla and many more.

UT is not in as bad of shape as some of you seem to think. UT has played and lost to 5 of the best teams in the country, let alone the SEC. They played well enough to beat MSU, GA & SC on the road and had UF down in the 3rd quarter and was respectable against Bama for the first half.

Bama #1 all year
Fla #2 until yesterday
GA # 5 when UT played them
MSU #11 until yesterday
SC #5 at one point this season.

If you think we are going to win out your smoking way to much dope. Every SEC team has had over 500 yards offense. In each case they could of and should of had more. No way we stop Mizz or Vandy. We have to score 50 to win and thats not feasible. LBs can't cover, no one on the team understands the concepts of a zone, tackling in space is a joke. Its time to move on. Dooley had the opportunity to bring in Shannon a top notch DC and instead demanded Sunseri. As a coach you are judged on wins and losses and the decisions you make. As with Clawson for Fulmer, the decision to bring in Sunseri will cost him his job and UT millions of dollars.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to Squid_Vol:

These laments will turn to praise next season, if we have enough sense to give him time. Dooley is getting it done.

Should we start a roster of naysayers for display in Nov 13?

I am sorry but you people who say Dooley is gonna make a big change here, next year may be worse than this one. Sure, we will beat the usual cupcakes, but Dooley will NEVER recruit the kind of players to keep up with the Bamas, Floridas, LSUs, etc. If you are happy losing to these teams every year, help yourself. Dooley is NO Vince Dooley

10SE writes:

We can make any QB look like a Heisman candidate.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

I thought my head would explode when Shaw picked up a 3rd and 26. If ever a blitz was a sure thing that was it!!! When Lattimore went down SC went pass happy and we should have gone blitz happy but DID NOT!! I realize Sal feels he has to protect that sorry excuses of a secondary by not blitzing but when the coverage is bad anyway it's time to roll the dice..Sal had a chance to let the Defense grow up in that game by going straight man to man and opening up the blitz package but didn't. With all the completions he had absolutely nothing to lose!!! Lathers was having a great game and should have been sent in for the kill on Shaw!! Kudos to Spurrier for seeing yet another weakness and throwing to the TE.When he was covered at all it was by a LB and the TE was beating them badly

10SE writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

I thought my head would explode when Shaw picked up a 3rd and 26. If ever a blitz was a sure thing that was it!!! When Lattimore went down SC went pass happy and we should have gone blitz happy but DID NOT!! I realize Sal feels he has to protect that sorry excuses of a secondary by not blitzing but when the coverage is bad anyway it's time to roll the dice..Sal had a chance to let the Defense grow up in that game by going straight man to man and opening up the blitz package but didn't. With all the completions he had absolutely nothing to lose!!! Lathers was having a great game and should have been sent in for the kill on Shaw!! Kudos to Spurrier for seeing yet another weakness and throwing to the TE.When he was covered at all it was by a LB and the TE was beating them badly

Blitz? Really? Third and twenty six is when you allow them to complete an underneath pass and tackle them.
Anything deep is inexcusable.

knoxchatter writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

I know fans are really upset and sour right now, but believe it or not - it could be worse.

UT should win out and finish 7-5 with a bowl bid.

However - Look at Auburn (0-6, 1-7) only win game against mid level LA-Monroe because they missed a makeable FG.

Look at UK (0-6 1-8) with a loss to W. Kentucky and blown out in 6 of 8 losses. Only win against Kent St.

Outside of the conference look at Colorado (1-4, 1-7) Only win came against WSU by 1 point and they are 0-5 in conference play.

I could go on with Kansas, Virginia, Illinois, S. Fla and many more.

UT is not in as bad of shape as some of you seem to think. UT has played and lost to 5 of the best teams in the country, let alone the SEC. They played well enough to beat MSU, GA & SC on the road and had UF down in the 3rd quarter and was respectable against Bama for the first half.

Bama #1 all year
Fla #2 until yesterday
GA # 5 when UT played them
MSU #11 until yesterday
SC #5 at one point this season.

Oh well now that you put it that way...we all feel a lot better!....Get real man! Who cares about those other teams?? We live in Knoxville, TN...The Vols are our team in the SEC...and for THREE years...we have barely played at high school levels. It is time to quit looking for a silver lining....there is not one with this current staff! Please....it's either black or white people...there is no gray area here at all!!

voodoo101 writes:

As an observer - someone who never played or coached football, I have a question for those who do know more. What constitutes offensive holding? I saw a lot of very stretched jerseys in the hands of offensive "blockers" and then there is the picture at the top of the article. If holding is what I always thought it was, then there appears to be an unpunished crime wave going on on the field. Maybe blockers should be forced to wear boxing gloves or something similar.

underthehill writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

for sure Sal evidently learned nothing about running a defense while at Ala. Or, maybe he is a slow Learner.... No adjustments,
3rd goal from 25 and he gives safety no help...One has to wonder ..... Who hired him with big salary and contract..

If it was Dave Hart I don't think it will ever come out because there will more than likely be a clause in Dooley's buyout that dictates he not talk about it ..much like a clause that may be in Hamilton's contract that keeps him from commenting on the financial report Hart gave to bama that UT,s ath dept is in the worst financial condition..by far..of any in the conference..I think Hart hired Sunseri..

crappieking writes:

Besides the last fumble by Bray due to pressure, the O-Line played very well. The whole offense played well enough to win. The defense however, is the worst I have ever seen in 30 years of watching UT football.

Sir_Spanky writes:

75% chance Conner Shaw was going to the edge - and TN doesn't contain. They weren't even lined up to contain. Nobody on the edge - no containment - with a dual threat behind center. Shaw could have made it in wearing flipflops. This has nothing to do with some mysterious change to a 3 - 4. It has everything to do total incompetence. And this coaching staff is not learning from it because it's been going on since the FL game.

LovinMyVols writes:

It never ceases to amaze me that these players can still be out of position so many times a game. There is either a great inability to learn or a great inability to teach. I think Sal needs to have a long talk with himself about what he is doing. Even more, I think Dooley needs to have a long talk with him. Sal, just get it done!

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to Ironcity:

If you think we are going to win out your smoking way to much dope. Every SEC team has had over 500 yards offense. In each case they could of and should of had more. No way we stop Mizz or Vandy. We have to score 50 to win and thats not feasible. LBs can't cover, no one on the team understands the concepts of a zone, tackling in space is a joke. Its time to move on. Dooley had the opportunity to bring in Shannon a top notch DC and instead demanded Sunseri. As a coach you are judged on wins and losses and the decisions you make. As with Clawson for Fulmer, the decision to bring in Sunseri will cost him his job and UT millions of dollars.

Ironcity, before I got to your post, I was thinking the same thing about Shannon, and I also concur with you concerning the unlikely prospect of winning out. Shucks, R Sanders may be surveying his team at this very moment in an attempt to find some obscure player that he can insert as a last minute QB to play UT. Vandy is playing some good ball, and if I'm not mistaken, they have only been blown out in one game. MO put up more pts on Ky than MSU. Seems like I heard that Troy is averaging 500 yds per game. With the current staff, no game is a gimme. The BO offense has got to match its opponents point for point and then hope something positive happens in their behalf. I remember last year that one of the main arguments posters were using in an attempt to put a positive spin on this year's team was the development of the freshmen and sophomores as if other teams did not have the same development issues. Once again, I tip my hat to all the Vandy & Ky football fans who had the temerity and tenacity to stick it out with their teams, because we, as TN fans, are getting a taste of just how tough it is to be that devoted.

ashvol7 writes:

in response to crappieking:

Besides the last fumble by Bray due to pressure, the O-Line played very well. The whole offense played well enough to win. The defense however, is the worst I have ever seen in 30 years of watching UT football.

This is the worst defense that I have seen in 50 years. Sal is the worst DC that we have ever had. Our secondary doesn't have a clue. The 3rd and 26 where they scored was one of the worst plays all year, two guys were defending him and bumped him instead of tackling the guy. I don't know who coached these kids in high school, but they didn't teach them to wrap up and tackle people. Sal by far is the worst waste of money ever spent at UT. He doesn't have a clue either. Dooley is in charge of this program and if he can't fix the problem then he needs to go. Sal wouldn't coach for me another day, this defense is no better than when the season started, if anything they are worse. Sal needs to go NOW and please take Hart with him. Get someone who really has UT's best interest at heart. Yesterday when Shaw ran out of bounds at the last of the game and Dooley took a time out that he might have needed, and didn't take the time to check on it with the official told me alot, that being he doesn't know what he is doing, also earlier in the game when grounding should have been called and wasn't, he should have gone crazy and didn't. What was he thinking? It is really going to be hard to beat anyone with this defense!

Ironcity writes:

in response to ashvol7:

This is the worst defense that I have seen in 50 years. Sal is the worst DC that we have ever had. Our secondary doesn't have a clue. The 3rd and 26 where they scored was one of the worst plays all year, two guys were defending him and bumped him instead of tackling the guy. I don't know who coached these kids in high school, but they didn't teach them to wrap up and tackle people. Sal by far is the worst waste of money ever spent at UT. He doesn't have a clue either. Dooley is in charge of this program and if he can't fix the problem then he needs to go. Sal wouldn't coach for me another day, this defense is no better than when the season started, if anything they are worse. Sal needs to go NOW and please take Hart with him. Get someone who really has UT's best interest at heart. Yesterday when Shaw ran out of bounds at the last of the game and Dooley took a time out that he might have needed, and didn't take the time to check on it with the official told me alot, that being he doesn't know what he is doing, also earlier in the game when grounding should have been called and wasn't, he should have gone crazy and didn't. What was he thinking? It is really going to be hard to beat anyone with this defense!

hart wanted Shannon as the DC but the coach insisted that if he goes down he wants to go down with his guys. You then blame Hart and want to keep Dooley. Trying to figure that logic. Hamilton had UTs interest at heart to and look where that got us. Hart has a good track record, he came into a crappy situation. Made a nice hire in Baseball. Has supported his crappy football coach even though he did not hire him adn that was the right thing to do. He let his coach hire his coaches which was the right thing to do. He consolidated the Athletic departments like every other school which was the right thing to do (proven further by those three waste of money whiners who are suing the University and dragging Pat through the mud). As far as I can tell he has been fantastic. You want to keep a coach who after three year is still looking for a signature win. Who is destroying young mens future careers and costing the University millions in ticket sales and donations. Sometimes I struggle with our fan base logic.

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