Tennessee Stat Book
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.