Vols upset No. 11 South Carolina, 23-21

Tennessee placekicker Michael Palardy (1) kicks the winning point during their 23-21 win over South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Neyland Stadium.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee placekicker Michael Palardy (1) kicks the winning point during their 23-21 win over South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Neyland Stadium. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

The Butch Jones Era has a marquee win.

Michael Palardy’s 20-yard field goal as time expired lifted Tennessee to a 23-21 upset of No. 11 South Carolina on Saturday, unleashing a celebration like Neyland Stadium hasn’t seen in at least four years.

Butch Jones comments UT's 23-21 win over South Carolina

The Vols hadn’t beaten a ranked team since Halloween 2009 and a crowd of 95,736 and an ESPN audience watched UT rally in the final minutes as freshman Marquez North made his third big catch of the afternoon.

North hauled in a Justin Worley pass for a 39-yard gain to the South Carolina 26 with 2:32 left in the game.

Marlin Lane carried four consecutive times, the final one a 14-yard run to the 2. The Vols let the clock tick down to three seconds then spiked the ball to bring out Palardy.

His kick was perfect and the celebration began.

With a group of 200 former Vols in the house, Tennessee improved to 4-3, 1-2 SEC, giving Jones his first SEC win.

South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC) trailed 17-7 at the half but rallied behind quarterback Connor Shaw to take a 21-17 lead.

Hood, Palardy talk after UT's 23-21 win over South Carolina

Palardy’s second field goal of the game, from 33 yards, left the Vols down 21-20 with 10:11 to play.

UT’s defense dug in, forcing three Gamecock punts to set up the game-winning drive.

Tennessee takes on No. 1 Alabama next week.

The third quarter was all South Carolina as the Gamecocks dominated both lines of scrimmage and Shaw hurt the Vols with his feet. He gained 9 yards on a fourth-and-8 keeper, which turned momentum in South Carolina’s favor. Shortly after, the Gamecocks cut UT’s lead to 17-14 when Mike Davis scored on a 21-yard option pitch.

After Palardy missed wide on a 46-yard field-goal try, South Carolina drove 70 yards to go up 21-17 on Shaw’s 1-yard keeper.

Palardy would get his revenge, though.

Defense ruled the first quarter.

Marlon Walls talks about win over South Carolina

South Carolina’s only threat was nixed by a fumble that Dontavis Sapp recovered. Tennessee had terrific field position throughout the period but managed only a 37-yard Palardy field goal.

The tone changed on the first play of the second quarter when Shaw found Damiere Byrd running free for a 76-yard touchdown and a 7-3 Gamecock lead.

The Vols responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Worley hitting Pig Howard with a 6-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead.

After a South Carolina three-and-out, Tennessee marched 61 yards. Rajion Neal got the score on a 5-yard run and it was 17-7.

The Gamecocks missed a 45-yard field goal with 54 seconds left in the half.

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writer#358485 writes:

The Vols are back and it couldn't have happened against a more hated foe, the classless Spurrier. Butch Jones for President! Naw, he can't stop coaching the Vols, so scratch that. A-bowling we will go! Go Vols!

bUTch__please writes:

There it is!

What a gutsy, team effort.

Go Team #117!

JSmith525 writes:

Yes, Yes and did I say yes! :)

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Remember Adam's stupid comment this week about teams needing to fear playing Tennessee (the injuries thus far)? Hope he does not gloat over the SC QB going down late in the game. This stuff happens and it is sad for anyone involved. Our guy who sacked him did not gloat and I think few would; what goes round, comes round.

Great win; good to see Darth Visor shut down for once.

trek writes:

Amazing win! So great to have a coach that wants to be here, has passion, and has a plan. Clearly, Jones and his staff are making strides with this team, and the hard work is beginning to show. Congratulations on a well deserved win!!

writer#358485 writes:

in response to vut5686#1405392:

Remember Adam's stupid comment this week about teams needing to fear playing Tennessee (the injuries thus far)? Hope he does not gloat over the SC QB going down late in the game. This stuff happens and it is sad for anyone involved. Our guy who sacked him did not gloat and I think few would; what goes round, comes round.

Great win; good to see Darth Visor shut down for once.

Amen on both Adams and Spurrier! I suspect Butch Jones may just force the both into retirement and it couldn't happen to two worse types! Adams and his buddy Spurrier are on their way out!! Yeah! The best thing to do with Adams is ignore him and with Spurrier, beat him!

gc_scvol writes:

Just don't want to hear the local media say they ever dreamed it would happen.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Just don't want to hear the local media say they ever dreamed it would happen.

To quote Marty Feldman in "Young Frankenstein":
"Oh well they were wrong then weren't they."

overthetop writes:

Signature win for Butch. Long, hard season in front of them but they know how to win the big ones now. Jones has brought back fun to this program. Way to go Vols!

FWBVol writes:

This was a great win. It's the kind of win that will help us recruit even better as many kids tend to wait to see if a coach will be a pretender or contender at his new school. The loss to Georgia and now the win over South Carolina shows Butch Jones will have us as a contender again.

This also was an important win because now our magic number of wins we need to reach a bowl is two. Even with the way Missouri is playing right now, I think this team has a realistic chance of winning four of the last five. And I'm not conceding any thing to Alabama.

TommyJack writes:

been saying all along we had the right man for the job. will get only better

standfast#211788 writes:

CINDER BLOCK!

cltvol writes:

We have a chance to win 4 of next 5 SEC games. We look like a team. Our defense is really coming around we keep winning kick game. Offense will get better too! Thanks to for Spurrier pixxing away his timeouts there @ end. Mr. know it all looked stupid. He just needs to go on home talken to himself. And Davis # 28 with his librarian hand sign to be quiet. Bet that sucker's pretty quiet right now. this one feels so good. Makes watching the rest of these games fun. Butch Jones is the man!

cltvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

been saying all along we had the right man for the job. will get only better

roger that

Orange_Power_T writes:

Considering the OBC had 'more experience coaching in Neyland'- I guess it's safe to say he has been 'schooled' in coaching. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.......NOT! My memories of Coach Mouth at Floriduh still resonate to this day. Maybe he'll just tone it down a bit now.

nats23stan writes:

As a BIG ORANGE FAN in B'ham, it is now Bama week. Enjoy the win and let's go to Tuscaloosa and get another W!!!

RoadTrip writes:

Full Butch all the time.

The local media will try to qualify it somehow since they never saw it coming. I really don't know why. These players just needed to know how to win again. Now that they do they will want more of it. This roster has top 20 rated talent everywhere. They are now learning Butch's system and expectations. They see he knows what he is doing and has the guts to succeed.

Proud of Jancek and the D-coaches. Great job guys. Coach Jake - please learn from this and rework your thinking on play calling.

Especially happy for Palardy, Big Dan, Marlon, Worley, North and Pig.

STLVOLS writes:

My son is a Missouri grad and I am VOL grad-Should be interesting in a coming weeks. Missouri pounded Gators but after these last 5 years the win over Gamecocks is very much welcome. Also check out Rivals.com with Vols still ranked # 2 in nation with commits for 2014

homeemailjan#1363799 writes:

I'll sleep well tonight....

MikeNPS writes:

Spurrier has been rather quiet the past few years. I love the fact that the week he finally decides to start running his mouth, the Gamecocks lose!

writer#358485 writes:

Adams and Spurrier both shut up on the same day! Great day!

Caneoverthere writes:

Great win, nice going Vols!

mhwhite1#1422673 writes:

B. Jones: 1
S. Spurrier: 0

allvol8 writes:

Interesting the Trolls called Butch Jones Dooley Part II.. Shows how little they really know about football. GBO!

Haneymac2 writes:

in response to mhwhite1#1422673:

B. Jones: 1
S. Spurrier: 0

amen

klein2021#1429205 writes:

Great win for the Vols. As long as they keep up their intensity, there will be more wins. Last year, I almost dreaded the Alabama game. Right now, I'm actually looking forward to it!

fannotsheep writes:

Should add momentum to the recruiting train. Jones may have to ask some 2-stars to walk on or part ways while they can catch another ride.

Imagine how good we would all feel if the Georgia game was in the W column. Tough road ahead, with Bama, Auburn and Missouri. Not to mention Vandy.

johnlg00 writes:

Scarcely an overall work of art, but a tough, gritty, and very welcome win. Despite numerous glitches of one sort or another, the Vols never got their heads down when things went against them. The overall talent level still isn't where it will be eventually, but the mental and emotional development of the squad is evident. It would be hard to give the Vols much more than a puncher's chance against Bama, Mizzou, and Aubie, but at least now we know they can both take a punch and give one! Great win for all concerned and well-deserved after so many disappointments.

GerryOP writes:

8-4 is still a very real possibilty!

It's great... To be... A Tennessee Vol!

fannotsheep writes:

in response to GerryOP:

8-4 is still a very real possibilty!

It's great... To be... A Tennessee Vol!

Beating everyone but Alabama? Technically 9-3 is possible, but I'd take 7-5 and run with it. I predicted 5-7 and hope to be as wrong as possible, but I doubt I'll be that wrong. Missouri looked ripe after losing Franklin but there appears to be more to that team than anyone thought.

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