Nov. 1, 2008
South Carolina Gamecocks
Tonight's win was the South Carolina's first over Tennessee in Columbia since 1992, when the Gamecocks recorded a 24-23 victory on Halloween. It also assured Carolina of at least a .500 regular-season record for the fifth-straight campaign.
Head coach Steve Spurrier is now in sole possession of eighth place in Carolina history with 27 coaching wins, moving out of a tie with Sol Metzger, who amassed a 26-18-2 record from 1920 to 1924.
Tennessee rushed for just 34 yards, the lowest a Gamecock defense has allowed under head coach Steve Spurrier. The previous low was 41 allowed to Vanderbilt on Oct. 22, 2005. The Gamecocks' six point allowed were the fourth-fewest yielded by Carolina under Spurrier, tying the effort against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 23, 2006. Tennessee's 11 first downs tied for the second-fewest a Spurrier-led Carolina defense has surrendered, matching the 11 yielded at Mississippi State on Aug. 31, 2006.
South Carolina's 44 rushing attempts were the second-most in the Spurrier Era, one shy of the 45 against UAB on Sept. 27, 2008.
The Gamecocks' 21-point lead at the half was their largest against a Southeastern Conference opponent since a 44-16 win over Kentucky on Oct. 8, 2005, at Williams-Brice Stadium. It is the program's largest lead against Tennessee since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, topping previously largest lead of eight points over the Vols on Oct. 30, 2004. The Gamecocks suffered a 43-29 loss in that home game.
With 2.0 tackles for loss tonight, junior Eric Norwood became the school record holder for career tackles for loss with 36.0, passing the 35.0 of Andrew Provence (1980-82). The record came on 2.0 sacks for Norwood, which also moved him into third place in Gamecock history with 17.0 career sacks. He moved out of a four-way tie for fourth and past Cecil Caldwell (1997-2000), who held third place with 15.5. Norwood needs 6.5 more sacks to reach John Abraham (1996-99) in second place with 23.5.
With 58 yards rushing tonight, senior Mike Davis moved into 12th place in school history with 2,093 career yards rushing.
Senior Kenny McKinley extended his school record for consecutive games with a reception to 39 games with a catch in the first quarter.
Senior Mike Davis scored his first receiving touchdown of the season with a 12-yard reception for a TD in the first quarter.
Senior Stoney Woodson collected his seventh career interception, third of the season, in the second quarter, returning it for a touchdown, the first of his career. Woodson has the most career interceptions of anyone currently on the Gamecock roster. He is the first Gamecock to return an interception for a touchdown since Nathan Pepper did it against South Carolina State on Sept. 15, 2007.
Sophomore Travian Robertson forced his first career fumble in the second quarter.
McKinley's second-quarter touchdown reception moved him past Sterling Sharpe (1983-87) and Zola Davis (1995-98) into sole possession of fourth place in school history with 18 career receiving TD. He is one shy of second place, which is currently shared by Robert Brooks (1988-91) and Jermale Kelly (1997-2000).
Senior Marvin Sapp collected his first career sack in the second quarter.
Sophomore Chris Culliver returned a third-quarter kickoff for a career-long 67 yards, surpassing his previous long of 50 yards, which he accomplished at Vanderbilt earlier this season.
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