GAMEDAY College Football

Tennessee 45, South Carolina 20

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Hendon Hooker threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 45-20 Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina.

The Volunteers (4-2, 2-1) led 35-0 in the second quarter before the Gamecocks (3-3, 0-3) staged a recovery.

Vols' running back Tiyon Evans rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown before leaving midway through the third quarter with an injury.

South Carolina's Kevin Harris scored from a yard out to start the fourth quarter. A missed two-point conversion made the score 38-20. Tennessee's offense generated just 25 offensive yards in the third quarter. Len'Neth Whitehead, replacing the injured Evans at running back, scored Tennessee's last TD from two yards.

Trailing by 31 midway through the third quarter, South Carolina had fourth-and-9 on the Tennessee 44. Punter Kai Kroeger hit wide-open Payton Mangrum with what turned out to be a scoring pass and a 38-14 difference.

A 28-0 first-quarter lead blossomed to 38-7 by halftime. Hooker completed 15 of 20 passes for 217 yards and three scores in the first 30 minutes.

As the Vols were leading 28-0 with just under six minutes left in the first half, Evans found a seam up the middle and won the race to the end zone for a 45-yard TD and 35-0 Tennessee lead. With just over 2 minutes left in the half, South Carolina finally got on the board. Luke Doty's 24-yard pass to Dakereon Joyner was the key play in a 75-yard drive that was culminated by a 6-yard run by Harris.

Tennessee's Jalin Hyatt scored the game's first touchdown when he caught a slant from Hooker from three yards to cap a 66-yard drive. Less than three minutes later, Hooker connected with JaVonta Payton from 39 yards for a 14-0 advantage.

Before the first quarter ran out, Tennessee upped the score to 21-0. South Carolina had the ball inside the Vols' 5-yard line when receiver Jalen Brooks threw a pass that was intercepted in the end zone by Jaylen McCollough. Five plays later Hooker scored on an 11-yard run. With 12 seconds left in the first quarter, the Vols made it 28-0. Four plays after a Gamecocks fumble, Hooker hit Velus Jones for a 21-yard score.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SCarTenn
Tenn TD 9:18 Jalin Hyatt 3 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 7
Tenn TD 6:46 JaVonta Payton 39 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 14
Tenn TD 0:58 Hendon Hooker 11 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 21
Tenn TD 0:12 Velus Jones Jr. 21 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 28
Second Quarter SCarTenn
Tenn TD 5:40 Tiyon Evans 45 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 35
SCar TD 2:04 Kevin Harris 6 yard TD run (Parker White Extra Point) 7 35
Tenn FG 0:00 Chase McGrath 25 yard field goal 7 38
Third Quarter SCarTenn
SCar TD 7:15 Payton Mangrum 44 yard TD pass from Kai Kroeger (Parker White Extra Point) 14 38
Fourth Quarter SCarTenn
SCar TD 12:19 Kevin Harris 1 yard TD run (Dakereon Joyner 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 20 38
Tenn TD 4:45 Len'Neth Whitehead 2 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 20 45
Team Stats
  South Carolina Tennessee
First downs 23 25
  Rushing 10 16
  Passing 10 8
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 12-17, 71%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 41-153 49-247
Passing Yards 217 225
Return Yards 81 51
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-34-1 17-23-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-20 6-25
Punts 5 5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-34 2-30
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Doty 19 31 167 0 0
K. Kroeger 1 1 44 1 0
J. Vann 1 1 6 0 0
J. Brooks 0 1 0 0 1
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 17 23 225 3 0
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Harris 16 61 3.8 2
J. McDowell 8 41 5.1 0
L. Doty 9 29 3.2 0
M. Lloyd 6 24 4.0 0
D. Joyner 1 -1 -1.0 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Evans 16 119 7.4 1
H. Hooker 20 66 3.3 1
L. Whitehead 10 41 4.1 1
V. Jones Jr. 1 15 15.0 0
M. Pierce Jr. 2 6 3.0 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Mangrum 1 44 44.0 1
J. Bell 4 43 10.8 0
D. Joyner 4 40 10.0 0
J. Brooks 3 26 8.7 0
N. Muse 2 24 12.0 0
J. Vann 3 12 4.0 0
K. Harris 2 12 6.0 0
T. Kenion 1 11 11.0 0
J. McDowell 1 5 5.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Jones Jr. 6 103 17.2 1
C. Tillman 6 59 9.8 0
J. Payton 1 39 39.0 1
J. Hyatt 3 21 7.0 1
P. Fant 1 3 3.0 0
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. McCollough 1 0
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 5 225 45.0
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 5 220 44.0
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 2 33 16.5
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. McDowell 3 81 27.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Campbell 1 18 18.0
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length




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