Final: South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35

South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham (87) gets a big first down in the fourth quarter as Tennessee defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (33) defends at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham (87) gets a big first down in the fourth quarter as Tennessee defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (33) defends at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 17 South Carolina fought off a Tennessee comeback Saturday to win 38-35.

The Vols (3-5, 0-5 SEC) threatened to break a losing streak with a fourth-quarter rally but it was nipped in the bud by the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2).

Alton Howard's first career TD pass, 13 yards to Mychal Rivera, cut the Gamecocks' lead to 35-28. A South Carolina field goal pushed it back to 38-28.

Then Tyler Bray's third TD pass to Zach Rogers drew the Vols to within 38-35.

Herman Lathers' interception gave UT a chance to drive for a go-ahead score.

It didn't happen. The Gamecocks sacked Bray and recovered his fumble at the South Carolina 19 with 1:08 to play.

South Carolina leads 35-21 after three quarters.

The Vols closed to 28-21 in the third quarter on Bray's 61-yard TD pass to Vincent Dallas.

The Gamecocks, however, got it back on Connor Shaw's 24-yard pass to Ace Sanders to go up 35-21.

South Carolina led 28-14 at the half.

The Gamecocks scored three times in the second period, including Shaw's 1-yard run with 14 seconds left in the half.

Shaw's 26-yard TD pass to Rory Anderson made it 14-7, Gamecocks.

Marcus Lattimore's 28-yard touchdown made it 21-7. Lattimore, however, was later taken off the field on a cart with what appeared to be a season-ending leg injury.

Bray and Rogers connected on a 37-yard TD pass, their second of the game.

It was 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Gamecocks struck first on a 33-yard TD pass from Shaw to Bruce Ellington on their first possession,

After an initial three-and-out, the Vols marched 75 yards in 10 plays to get even. Bray's 8-yard pass to Rogers got the score.

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Ayres_Hall writes:

That

SignalMtnVol writes:

Please, for the love of God, leave sunseri's fat arse in columbia. Refuse boarding on the plane or bus.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory..Frustration Nation!

DaufuskieIslandVol writes:

At least they made a game of it...moral victory. Dooley needs to be coached on how to win.

govols1234567 writes:

I'm not 100% sure, but Dooley may be the most unlucky coach in Tennessee history. And Bray is one, if not the, most un-clutch starting QB we have ever had

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to Icthus:

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Dooley is the head man. If his team is not prepared or does not perform, the buck stops there. Period.

RomanRoomRegular writes:

Sad.

gobigorange1 writes:

I don't know if it's this flu I have or Bray getting sacked when we were on the 20, but I literally puked after that play...

Oh, and make Sal walk home after this.

Vol1983 writes:

in response to Icthus:

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More time to solidify his position as one of the absolute worst coaches in Tennessee’s history? I think he has already proven that he is among the worst. Sorry, I couldn’t find any moral victory statistics.

Derek Dooley: 14-19 (.424) 2010-2012
W.H. Britton: 4-5 (.364) 1935
S.D. Crawford: 3-5-1 (.333) 1904
James DePree: 4-11-3 (.222) 1905-1906

woodcutter writes:

Another moral victory. Time for a lucky win. At least we don't have to play an SEC team next game - back to 2nd tier teams!

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to govols1234567:

I'm not 100% sure, but Dooley may be the most unlucky coach in Tennessee history. And Bray is one, if not the, most un-clutch starting QB we have ever had

Makes you miss the Ice Man, doesn't it?

ssgdebity writes:

I am sick and tired of all this losing. DOOLEY arse needs to go period. Although the game very entertaining. Going 0-15 against ranked opponents. This is sickening and patheic, Heck I would be willing to accept Houston Nutt.

TrueVOL64 writes:

Good game guys!!! But those little things are killing us!! N we got to make more plays on defence! Go Vols!

tomkats3242 writes:

WANTED: head coach, quarterback and defensive backs. Tennessee has the worst defensive backs in the nation. PLEASE replace or I quit giving any money for anything at UT. NO MORE tickets needed. I am ashame to say I am a UT fan. Pay attention Hart.

volpreacher writes:

in response to DaufuskieIslandVol:

At least they made a game of it...moral victory. Dooley needs to be coached on how to win.

I hate to lose. I think Dooley is gone. But you are such a loser. Dooley didn't lose this game. You have very little intelligence if you think so. Good effort for the most part Vols. Terrible defense most of the day again. But the referees had a hand in this loss too.

Smokey91 writes:

Well, I guess we got another moral victory. Pretty much what was expected, but that 3rd and goal from around the 30 yard line pretty much defines this season. DBs can't cover or tackle. Dooley probably deserves more time but I am hoping UT makes a move sooner than later.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Just another great MV. Going to be interesting to see how the team comes back aganst Troy that averages 500 yards per game.

Bourbon-please writes:

Do you think they will actually be more than 50,000 in attendance next week?

mdvol writes:

Dooley 0-5 start in the SEC for 3 straight years. Only VANDY has done that in the history of the SEC.

kd45music writes:

This team seems to believe in not winning.

ACWLY writes:

No defense once again, I feel sorry for the players, they are trying to perform in a package they know nothing about. I blame Sunseri for this and two other loses we've had this year. THIS COACH HAS GOT TO GO regards of what happens to Dooley.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Bourbon-please:

Do you think they will actually be more than 50,000 in attendance next week?

One Boubon, one scotch, and one beeeer ..sounds like the blues

OleBubba writes:

Bye bye Dooley , take those morons that you hired as coordinators with you

VolzsFan writes:

in response to SignalMtnVol:

Makes you miss the Ice Man, doesn't it?

Ice Man? Bray cannot carry the shoes of any Tenn recent QB not named Rick. Heck, I miss Worley. Bray is the downfall of Dooley.

WhoDat writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory..Frustration Nation!

I agree, we get the ball to our Offense and still manage to lose, just in a more heartbreaking fashion.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Bourbon-please:

Do you think they will actually be more than 50,000 in attendance next week?

I think it will take some work to beat Troy

  • October 27, 2012
  • 3:49 p.m.
BolivrBob writes:

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volpreacher writes:

in response to tomkats3242:

WANTED: head coach, quarterback and defensive backs. Tennessee has the worst defensive backs in the nation. PLEASE replace or I quit giving any money for anything at UT. NO MORE tickets needed. I am ashame to say I am a UT fan. Pay attention Hart.

Leave then. Nobody wants you. You're either all Vol or no Vol, win or lose. You are no worse than those pathetic band wagon Alabama fans.

Vol1983 writes:

in response to Smokey91:

Well, I guess we got another moral victory. Pretty much what was expected, but that 3rd and goal from around the 30 yard line pretty much defines this season. DBs can't cover or tackle. Dooley probably deserves more time but I am hoping UT makes a move sooner than later.

Sorry to repost what I already posted; but, this is the place for it:

More time to solidify his position as one of the absolute worst coaches in Tennessee’s history? I think he has already proven that he is among the worst. Sorry, I couldn’t find any moral victory statistics.

Derek Dooley: 14-19 (.424) 2010-2012
W.H. Britton: 4-5 (.364) 1935
S.D. Crawford: 3-5-1 (.333) 1904
James DePree: 4-11-3 (.222) 1905-1906

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory..Frustration Nation!

I'm sure you know the frustration is now over. We need to get back to the possible new coach and recruiting. I've gotten so not caring the past three years. It's time to move forward.

born2ride writes:

We need to give Dooley more time.

When Dooley took over UT football was in shambles. Phil Fullmer should have been let go many years sooner. Kiffin ran his mouth and made us the laughing stock of the SEC. We were so bad Dooley's first season was called YEAR ZERO and did not count.

Last year we lost Hunter to injury, this year we lost Da'Rick for drugs and we have 7 new assistant coaches. We can't expect Dooley to win. We are in YEAR ZERO PART II and should not expect results so soon.

Dooley's father Vince is the greatest coach in Georgia history. Dooley was an assistant to Nick Saba who is the best coach in the country. Dooley did not do well at LA Tech and has struggled at Tennessee because he is till learning. He may not be the brightest coach but he can win at UT.

We have the best offensive line in the SEC. We can score points. Give Sal 2 more years and our defense may be able to stop somebody.

We can beat Troy, Vandy and Missouri. We are bad but those teams are worse. We could end up 7-5 and go to a bowl game. That is good enough for Dooley to keep his job. We should give Dooley a big extension for recruiting purposes.

Go Big Orange

DonK37920 writes:

Way to fight Team! Proud you hung in there til the end! Let's win out!!!!!!!

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Ice Man? Bray cannot carry the shoes of any Tenn recent QB not named Rick. Heck, I miss Worley. Bray is the downfall of Dooley.

lol , Casey "The Ice Man" Clausen was a reference to clutch. Honestly, probably the most clutch QB we have had in recent memory.

And Rick Clausen led the largest comeback in school history against LSU and took Texas A&M to the woodshed in the Cotton Bowl that year. Bray has good numbers, but falls behind even Ricky Clausen in this category.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

For years UT laughed at Vandy when they got close and called them "Moral Victories".. Welcome to our world.. Now try to develope the thick skin Vandy has had to endure for years. With that defense there are no sure victories on the schedule. Troy gave Miss State all they could handle.

6972 writes:

in response to Bourbon-please:

Do you think they will actually be more than 50,000 in attendance next week?

I'd be suprised. If not, wonder if Hart will notice that?

tedstryker1980 writes:

in response to Vol1983:

More time to solidify his position as one of the absolute worst coaches in Tennessee’s history? I think he has already proven that he is among the worst. Sorry, I couldn’t find any moral victory statistics.

Derek Dooley: 14-19 (.424) 2010-2012
W.H. Britton: 4-5 (.364) 1935
S.D. Crawford: 3-5-1 (.333) 1904
James DePree: 4-11-3 (.222) 1905-1906

Honestly I have trouble giving anyone coaching at Tennessee credit for defeating teams like Akron or Georgia State. A better barometer is his SEC record... 4-17(.190)

Vol1983 writes:

in response to born2ride:

We need to give Dooley more time.

When Dooley took over UT football was in shambles. Phil Fullmer should have been let go many years sooner. Kiffin ran his mouth and made us the laughing stock of the SEC. We were so bad Dooley's first season was called YEAR ZERO and did not count.

Last year we lost Hunter to injury, this year we lost Da'Rick for drugs and we have 7 new assistant coaches. We can't expect Dooley to win. We are in YEAR ZERO PART II and should not expect results so soon.

Dooley's father Vince is the greatest coach in Georgia history. Dooley was an assistant to Nick Saba who is the best coach in the country. Dooley did not do well at LA Tech and has struggled at Tennessee because he is till learning. He may not be the brightest coach but he can win at UT.

We have the best offensive line in the SEC. We can score points. Give Sal 2 more years and our defense may be able to stop somebody.

We can beat Troy, Vandy and Missouri. We are bad but those teams are worse. We could end up 7-5 and go to a bowl game. That is good enough for Dooley to keep his job. We should give Dooley a big extension for recruiting purposes.

Go Big Orange

More time? Absolutely not. He is the worst coach in over 100 years of Tennessee history. Get rid of him.

suttree writes:

Lou Holtz nailed it in the post game . . . no one at Tennessee cares about going 6-6 and making a bowl. Three 0-5 starts in the SEC (previously only accomplished by Vandy) is an ender for this staff. Fact.

If the Browns hire Gruden a mass boycott of Pilot needs to happen.

VOLunTEAR writes:

Moral victory. Where do they play the Moral Bowl? When can we get tickets?

Rel2400 writes:

Head coach has to pay the price. His assistants, their play calling, their coaching, etc. was the difference in this game. I like Dooley but it's time for a change...but only if we upgrade significantly! If we fire Dooley and go with another 2nd or 3rd tier coach then we will not get any better. Find out now who's interested and be prepared to make the call at the end of the season. If we can't find a top tier coach interested then stick with Dooley but demand further changes to Asst. Coaches.

Time for a change...but only for the better. Changing just to make a change is worse than no change at all.

Go Vols...7-5 season...bowl game will determine if this season was a success.

ive_got_huge_arms writes:

in response to govols1234567:

I'm not 100% sure, but Dooley may be the most unlucky coach in Tennessee history. And Bray is one, if not the, most un-clutch starting QB we have ever had

seriously? the guy threw for 300 yards and 4 td. his fumble on the last drive was because the best defensive player in football came in unblocked and hit him from behind. bray tore up carolina's defense all game. this game is not on bray.

Vol1983 writes:

in response to VOLunTEAR:

Moral victory. Where do they play the Moral Bowl? When can we get tickets?

I don't know; but based on what posters are considering moral victories, Dooley must have 19 of those as opposed to 14 real victories.

KFDLaw writes:

There were some bum calls by the referees in the game, but we could have won if the defense had showed up before the 4th quarter.

The_Mayor writes:

Bring on the onslaught of ignoramuses. Folks, this loss is not on Dooley. This team is young and talented, and they are fighters. The program is maturing. It is headed in the right direction under Dooley. When he took over, there was absolutely no stability or player/coach trust. He started in a hole. You'd like to give any new coach 4 years to prove or disprove their worth...a full cycle of their own players and body of work as it relates to the program. Dooley was handed a year set back with the mess Hamilton created. I'm not saying Dooley deserves 5 years to prove himself, but he hasn't even had 3, and most people on this board were asking for his head midway through his second year. Patience. Please. If not, who are you going to bring in? And with what resources? And what specifically will he do? Stop with the Gruden talk...it's NOT going to happen. Stop with the Petrino talk, if you have any integrity whatsoever. Stop with the firing of Dooley talk and give the man and his NEW staff a chance. The problem is solely defensive. Sunseri's defense is completely foreign to these kids. Let them learn. The desire is there with both the staff and the kids. I question the desire of many fans...short sighted fans who only want immediate gratification. Go Vols, you fought like warriors today!

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

A lot of you posters really amaze me. You expect Sunseri to come in here and perform miracles in his first year. How many people on the defense were recruited by him? Let me tell you, O. He is not a miracle worker and deserves time to get his kids aquainted with his defense.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to Icthus:

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But he is responsible for the coaching that they get and I believe this is about the 7th or 8th game of the year and they(with coaching) are still making the same mistakes. "Houston, we have a problem." The head coach is responsible for the final product that is placed on the field regardless of how the play.

walt2010 writes:

in response to govols1234567:

I'm not 100% sure, but Dooley may be the most unlucky coach in Tennessee history. And Bray is one, if not the, most un-clutch starting QB we have ever had

This is simply dishonest. We would have gotten blown out if Bray had not played today. Not Manning nor Brady nor Rodgers nor any other QB would have avoided that fumble - the last I checked, no QB has eyes in the back of his head - that's why it's called the blind side. Did you not hear the announcer saying that Richardson took the play off and it cost us? Chaney should have had two men in place to block him like they did on other plays - you don't take a chance on blocking the best DE in Div. 1 one-on-one on the most crucial play of the game.

Bray threw for nearly 400 yards and four TDs, by far the most the SC defense has given up all year. Did you not hear the announcers noting that UF gained under 200 yards total against this defense? Aaron Murray threw for a whopping 109 yards and one TD against this defense.

35 points should win any game in the SEC. To lay the blame for this loss on the player who far and away did the most for the team today, is not just stupid and mindless, it's repulsively dishonest.

  • October 27, 2012
  • 3:57 p.m.
BolivrBob writes:

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SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to ive_got_huge_arms:

seriously? the guy threw for 300 yards and 4 td. his fumble on the last drive was because the best defensive player in football came in unblocked and hit him from behind. bray tore up carolina's defense all game. this game is not on bray.

You are correct. This game, and most of them this year, lies directly on Sal "the LB Coach" Sunseri

Campagnollo writes:

One thing is for certain, someone is getting fired after this game, I just don't know exactly who.

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