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Football Falls 27-24 At Tennessee

Nov. 7, 2015

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
South Carolina (3-6, 1-6 SEC) 0 3 21 0 24
Tennessee (5-4, 3-3 SEC) 14 3 7 3 27
Team Stat Camparison
1st Downs 23 19
Total Yards 385 408
Passing 233 255
Rushing 152 153
Penalties-Yards 6-40 6-47
3rd Down Conversions 6-17 9-18
4th Down Conversions 1-2 1-1
Turnovers 1 3
Time of Possession 32:21 27:39
Passing Leaders
South Carolina COM ATT YDS TD INT
Orth 20 39 233 3 0
Dobbs 20 34 255 2 1
Rushing Leaders
South Carolina CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Wilds 20 79 4.0 0 15
Orth 9 42 4.7 0 17
Hurd 23 90 3.9 0 20
Dobbs 13 35 2.7 0 10
Receiving Leaders
South Carolina REC YDS AVG TD LG
Cooper 4 47 11.8 1 17
Wilds 3 19 6.3 0 13
Pearson 8 121 15.1 1 37
Smith 3 42 14.0 0 15
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter SC UT
TD 11:57 Kamara 4 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Medley (GOOD)
0 7
TD 07:56 Kamara 4 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Medley (GOOD)
0 14
2nd Quarter SC UT
FG 05:00 Medley 44 yd 0 17
TD 01:03 Fry 43 yd 3 17
3rd Quarter SC UT
TD 09:10 Walton 10 yd PASS from Orth
10 17
TD 08:29 Adams 7 yd PASS from Orth
17 17
TD 04:25 Kamara 11 yd PASS from Dobbs
PAT KICK by Medley (GOOD)
17 24
TD 00:48 Cooper 5 yd PASS from Orth
24 24
4th Quarter SC UT
FG 09:14 Medley 27 yd 24 27

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — South Carolina rallied from 14 points down at halftime and twice tied Tennessee, but a forced fumble with 32 seconds remaining ended a potential scoring drive for the Gamecocks in their final possession as the Volunteers defeated the Gamecocks 27-24 Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.

Trailing 17-3 at halftime, the Gamecocks second drive of the third quarter resulted in a touchdown as the Gamecocks cut the Volunteers lead to seven points. Carolina went 11 plays on 80 yards in the drive culminating in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Orth to Jonathan Walton. The touchdown was the first time that Walton, a linebacker for the Gamecocks, touched the ball in his career in an offensive possession.

Carolina immediately followed with a forced turnover and converted a 4th & Goal to tie the game at 17. With Tennessee pinned back deep in their territory, Gamecocks defensive tackle Phillip Dukes forced a fumble down that was recovered by linebacker T.J. Holloman. With 4th & Goal at the 7, the Gamecocks elected to go for the touchdown and Orth rifled a spiral right into the end zone that was corralled in by Jerell Adams for the score.

Both teams traded touchdowns in the next two possessions including a 5-yard TD pass from Perry Orth to Pharoh Cooper. Tennessee would go ahead 27-24 with 9:14 to go in the third quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Aaron Medley. The Vols drive was keyed by a pair of third down conversions with Dobbs completing a 24-yard pass on a 3rd & 7 to Johnathon Johnson as well as 30-yard pass to Von Pearson on 3rd & 10 down to the SC 13-yardline.

South Carolina kept fighting though and down to their final timeout forced Tennessee to punt with 1:24 to go in the game. The Gamecocks worked quickly and Orth moved the team into UT territory with a 17-yard pass to Matrick Belton and a 16-yard completion to Hayden Hurst. On 3rd & 10 on the Tennessee 43-yardline, Orth connected with Gamecock tight end Jerell Adams, who shook off a UT defender. As Adams continued down the field, Tennessee nickleback Malik Foreman punched the ball from behind out of Adams' grip and Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin fell on the ball to recover the fumble and seal the win for the Volunteers.

Orth finished 20-for-39 in the air for 233 passing yards including a career-high three touchdown passes. Senior tailback Brandon Wilds was the Gamecocks' leading rusher with 20 carries for 79 yards. Junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper caught a team-high four passes for 47 yards as well.

Tennessee drove 67 yards on eight plays in the opening drive with Alvin Kamara scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run. The Volunteers increased the lead to 14-0 on their second possession as Dobbs connected with Von Pearson for a 37-yard touchdown pass.

South Carolina looked to cut the deficit on its next two possessions. T.J. Gurley forced a fumble in Tennessee territory during the first quarter. After a targeting penalty on UT safety Brian Randolph brought the Gamecocks down to the UT 17-yardline, the Volunteers defense came up with a pair of tackles for loss followed by a sack to push the Gamecocks back to the UT 28. A 46-yard field goal attempt by Elliott Fry would be pushed wide right then keeping the Gamecocks off the scoreboard. After forcing a punt, South Carolina advanced the ball into Tennessee territory again early into the second quarter. Orth connected on 3rd down with D.J. Neal for a 22-yard pass. After a 14-yard pass from Orth to Googer, the Volunteers defense stymied the Gamecock offense as Wilds would lose 2 yards on a 3rd & 2 and 1 more on 4th & 4 on the UT 29 to end the Gamecock threat.

Both teams traded field goals in the second quarter. Aaron Medley connected on a 46-yarder for the Volunteers. The Gamecocks would then put together a scoring drive right before halftime. Orth came up with a key third down conversion as he found Pharoh Cooper for a 17-yard completion. Brandon Wilds added a 12-yard run and Orth rushed 15 yards to move the Gamecocks into scoring position. Fry converted the 43-yard field goal attempt cutting the deficit to 14 points.

Game Changer

With under a minute to play and South Carolina driving, Perry Orth completed a 25-yard pass to Jerell Adams down to the UT 18. On the play, Volunteers nickleback Malik Foreman forced a fumble that was recovered by Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin on the UT13 with 32 seconds left to seal the victory for the Vols.

Key Stat

Josh Dobbs was 20-for-34 for 255 passing yards and two touchdowns including 8 passes to Von Pearson for 121 yards and a touchdown.


  • Senior offensive tackle Brandon Shell made his 45th career start, tying him for fourth all-time in school history with Travelle Wharton (2000-03), Ladi Ajiboye (2007-10) and Devin Taylor (2009-12).
  • The Gamecocks have nine players that have started all nine games this year: WR Pharoh Cooper, LT Brandon Shell, LG Mike Matulis, RG Will Sport, RT Mason Zandi, DT Gerald Dixon Jr., DE Marquavius Lewis, LB Skai Moore, FS Isaiah Johnson.
  • Junior linebacker Jonathan Walton recorded his first career touchdown as he caught a 10-yard pass for a touchdown in the third quarter out of the backfield.
  • South Carolina's 21 points in the third quarter were the most points by the Gamecocks in a quarter this season.
  • Junior placekicker Elliott Fry's 43-yard field goal in the second quarter was the 49th of his career and tied him with Ryan Succop (2005-08) for second all-time in school history.

Up Next

South Carolina returns home to host Florida on Saturday, Nov. 14, with kickoff set for noon.




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