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South Carolina 63, Tennessee 38

(AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr.)

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Spencer Rattler had the best day of his unpredictable career, throwing for 438 yards and five touchdowns as South Carolina beat No. 5 Tennessee 63-38, all but eliminating the Volunteers from the playoffs.

Tennessee (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern, No. 5 CFP) may have also lost Heisman Trophy candidate Hendon Hooker, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury, falling and fumbling without being hit.

Even before the injury, the quarterback of the night was Rattler, who went from Heisman contender to the bench at Oklahoma in 2021. The junior finally lived up to the potential fans of South Carolina (7-4, 4-4) hoped for when he arrived.

Rattler came into the night with nine interceptions and eight touchdowns and averaging 198 yards a game passing. There were questions asked about whether the Gamecocks might want to test out the backup.

But the junior was patient in the pocket, dropping passes into the narrowest of windows. He ran when he had to with five carries for 16 yards. And he even caught a pass in the red zone from Dakeron Joyner, who South Carolina typically uses as a running threat under center.

Rattler's best day before Saturday was 387 yards against Kansas State for Oklahoma in 2020 and five TDs for the Sooners against Western Carolina in 2021.

Antwane Wells Jr. caught 11 passes for 177 yards and Josh Vann and Jaheim Bell each caught two touchdowns for the Gamecocks.

The Tennessee defense could do almost nothing to stop the 11th best offense in the SEC. The Gamecocks gained 606 yards after failing to get over 300 yards in three of their past four games.

The 63 points were the most the Vols have ever allowed in an SEC game, eclipsing the 62-37 loss to Steve Spurrier's Florida in 1995.

Hooker was 25 of 42 for 247 yards and three TDs before his injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of his hurt leg, but he did not return to the game.

Joe Milton III took over at QB for the Vols when Hooker went down, turning the ball over om downs after driving into the red zone then leading a four-play 75-yard scoring drive in the final two minutes.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: A promising season for Tennessee imploded when the defense could not make a stop. South Carolina scored touchdowns on nine of 11 drives. One of the unsuccessful ones was a one-play drive that ended the first half.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks beat a Top 5 team for only the seventh time and their fans rushed the field. It was their biggest win since knocking off No. 2 Georgia 20-17 in 2019 in double overtime. The 63 points were the most in an SEC game by the Gamecocks since they beat Mississippi State 65-39 in 1995.

November 19, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TennSCar
SCar TD 10:34 Jaheim Bell 19 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 0 7
Tenn TD 9:30 Jabari Small 31 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 7
SCar TD 6:25 Josh Vann 60 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 7 14
SCar TD 1:15 Juju McDowell 11 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 7 21
Second Quarter TennSCar
Tenn TD 12:24 Cedric Tillman 3 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 14 21
SCar TD 9:06 Dakereon Joyner 1 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 14 28
Tenn FG 4:58 Chase McGrath 27 yard field goal 17 28
SCar TD 2:04 Josh Vann 18 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 17 35
Tenn TD 0:12 Bru McCoy 7 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 24 35
Third Quarter TennSCar
Tenn TD 9:53 Princeton Fant 41 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 31 35
SCar TD 5:03 Antwane Wells Jr. 3 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 31 42
Fourth Quarter TennSCar
SCar TD 11:41 Jaheim Bell 2 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 31 49
SCar TD 9:26 Dakereon Joyner 3 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 31 56
SCar TD 2:06 Jalen Brooks 20 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 31 63
Tenn TD 1:14 Cedric Tillman 21 yard TD pass from Joe Milton III (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 38 63
Team Stats
  Tennessee South Carolina
First downs 31 35
  Rushing 8 12
  Passing 18 19
  Penalty 5 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 8-11, 73%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 28-152 38-153
Passing Yards 355 453
Return Yards 62 45
Completions-Attempts-Int 29-50-0 31-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-10 1-10
Punts 3 1
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-60 9-75
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 25 42 247 3 0
J. Milton III 4 8 108 1 0
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 30 37 438 6 0
D. Joyner 1 1 15 0 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Small 11 80 7.3 1
J. Wright 6 28 4.7 0
H. Hooker 5 25 5.0 0
J. Milton III 2 17 8.5 0
D. Sampson 4 2 0.5 0
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Bell 17 82 4.8 0
A. Brown 3 39 13.0 0
D. Joyner 6 21 3.5 2
S. Rattler 5 16 3.2 0
A. Wells Jr. 1 3 3.0 1
X. Legette 2 -2 -1.0 0
J. McDowell 3 -4 -1.3 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. White 5 96 19.2 0
C. Tillman 9 81 9.0 2
J. Hyatt 6 65 10.8 0
P. Fant 2 57 28.5 1
R. Keyton 2 33 16.5 0
B. McCoy 3 19 6.3 1
J. Warren 1 6 6.0 0
D. Sampson 1 -2 -2.0 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Wells Jr. 11 177 16.1 0
J. Vann 2 78 39.0 2
J. Brooks 2 56 28.0 1
J. Bell 5 39 7.8 2
T. Kenion 1 21 21.0 0
N. Adkins 2 20 10.0 0
J. McDowell 2 18 9.0 1
S. Rattler 1 15 15.0 0
D. Joyner 2 13 6.5 0
X. Legette 1 7 7.0 0
A. Brown 1 6 6.0 0
A. Stogner 1 3 3.0 0
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 3 107 35.7
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 1 55 55.0
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Williams 1 9 9.0
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Holiday 3 53 17.7
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Vann 2 45 22.5
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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