Meanwhile, Hendon Hooker very slowly limped to the locker room after spending time under the medical tent.
Otherwise good drive by the backup QB of the Vols. UT just off USC 20.
9:18 on: Touchdown South Carolina, and it’s another Dakereon Joyner goalie from behind center.
Wow. South Carolina 56, Tennessee 31. Hendon Hooker sustains a lower leg injury
11:28 left: Hendon Hooker injured down. After a few moments, slowly gets up and is helped to the sideline.
He also fumbled and USC recovered, though Hooker was rejected. The ball is given to South Carolina after review, and the only lucky part of the game is that South Carolina would have scored and scored had it not been originally disallowed.
Tennessee’s CFP hopes slip as South Carolina leads
11:41 departed: Touchdown South Carolina. Spencer Rattler scrambles to find Jaheim Bell wide open for landing.
2-yard TD pass to Rattler, No. 5 today.
All alarms should sound. Vols’ CFP hopes are fading fast.
South Carolina 49, Tennessee 31.
12:33 left: Tyler Baron penalized for illegal hands to the face on a 3rd and unfinished goal. Third quarter
End of the third quarter: 3rd and 20 means a wide open Antwane Wells on a route to move the chains. Full defense on the ropes.
Full on the ropes too. South Carolina’s lead is 42-31 heading into the final quarter and the Gamecocks are on the Vols’ 20-yard line.
Gamecocks have 479 total yards to Tennessee’s 372.
1:38 left: Antwane Wells with another catch over middle downfield, and he races to the Vols’ 35.
Spencer Rattler was fired on the next play. He was very comfortable for that.
3:33 left: Tennessee called for offensive pass interference on a 3rd down completion by Cedric Tillman. Tillman was also rolled up while being tackled.
Lots of pleas to the officials on both sides after a few phone calls in both directions. Vols will kick around midfield.
Danger zone for the Vols, feels like.
4:35 left: Interference from South Carolina’s third downpass extends the Vols’ drive. South Carolina’s lead back to 11
5:04 left: Touchdown South Carolina. Antwane Wells at the end around the right side for the 3-yard TD run.
South Carolina ate up the Vols’ cushioning on the outside, earning another TD. Rattler was 4-4 for 36 yards on the drive, and Jaheim Bell had some good runs for the Gamecocks.
The Vols defense will have to make a stop or two no matter what happens tonight. South Carolina 42, Tennessee 31. Princeton Fant’s wide-open TD catch cuts South Carolina’s lead to 4
9:43 on: Landing Tennessee! Princeton Fant runs wide open in the middle and scores. 41-yard TD catch.
Game on. South Carolina 35, Tennessee 31.
Hendon Hooker for 244 yards and three touchdowns today.
10:21 departed: Pair of catches by Ramel Keyton down center move the ball into USC territory.
11:40 left: stop! South Carolina goes three-and-out, which is much better from the Vols defense.
13:20 left: First a down, then a punt for Tennessee’s offense. Ball thrown to Jacob Warren in third place slot.
15:00 departure: Vols start with the ball on their own 25-yard line.
Bru McCoy’s touchdown just before halftime cuts South Carolina’s lead to 11
12 seconds left: Landing Tennessee! Bru McCoy catches a TD from a deflection in the middle of the end zone. 7-yard TD pass. A South Carolina defender was right in front of the pass, but was unable to penetrate it.
Big drive, big score for the Vols.
South Carolina 35, Tennessee 24.
Vols gets the ball to start the second half.
1:14 left: Vols move into Gamecocks territory. Squirrel White with a first down catch. Gamecocks 18 before halftime on Josh Vann’s 2nd TD catch
2:04 left: Touchdown South Carolina. Josh Vann’s second WL catch of the half. 18-yard TD catch.
Stunning effort from the Vols defense tonight, and not in a good way.
Astonishing. South Carolina 35, Tennessee 17.
2:30 pm on: Brandon Turnage down after another long completion in South Carolina.
Looking at his left leg. He is helped to the dressing room, shoes off.
2:46 left: A Tamarion McDonald bag is swept away via a UT hold penalty.
4:11 about: A third place UT detention penalty extends the South Carolina drive.
Spencer Rattler looks very comfortable.
4:58 left: Chase McGrath closely from 27 yards out.
South Carolina 28, Tennessee 17.
Dylan Sampson was knocked down in the flat in 3rd and 4th shortly before the win line.
7:15 departed: Nice throw from Hendon Hooker to Princeton Fant to put the chains down in third place.
South Carolina’s Nick Emmanwori also flagged for targeting. Vols now within the USC red zone.
South Carolina looks poised for a gunfight
9:06 departed: Dakereon Joyner comes in to take the snap for South Carolina and runs QB lead for a 1-yard touchdown. This is not what most expected, to be sure.
South Carolina 28, Tennessee 14.
All 288 total yards for South Carolina. Gamecocks averaged 355.2 yards per game.
10:52 on: Ahmarean Brown round for 34 yards at the end, then caught a throwback pass by Rattler to set up 1st and goal. Summoning the Vols Defenses…. Tennessee gets a 4th and goal TD to take the lead
12:24 left: Landing Tennessee! Hooker throws a fade to Cedric Tillman and in the perfect spot.
pat good. 3-yard TD catch for Tillman.
South Carolina 21, Tennessee 14.
12:29 on: Hendon Hooker throws over Cedric Tillman on 3rd and USC 3 goal.
Vols seems to be going for it, but Josh Heupel calls a timeout.
13:54 left: Jalin Hyatt falls first in the South Carolina red zone. First quarter
30 seconds left: DQ Smith called for pass interference on third down, and that extends UT’s drive. South Carolina takes a two-point lead
1:15 left: Touchdown South Carolina. Juju McDowell breaks some tackles in the flat and dives into the end zone.
The Tennessee defense will have to find some emotion.
South Carolina 21, UT 7.
Rattler has 185 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter.
2:13 left: Spencer Rattler to Jalen Brooks for 36 yards. Vols secondary under fire early.
4:42 left: Vols violation has a holding penalty and a sack to stop a drive. UT points.
Tennessee is slowly falling into the trap that many of the high-ranking teams have fallen into today.
South Carolina is not going away
6:25 left: Touchdown South Carolina. Josh Vann beats Deniko Slaughter on the mail route and Slaughter falls down trying to make the game. 60 yards later, a TD.
Gamecocks 14, parts 7.
Just the third multi-TD game for Spencer Rattler this year. Came in on Saturday with 8 touchdown passes.
6:40 left: Rattler to Antwane Wells for 24 yards, but play is wiped out through an ineligible player downfield. South Carolina, Tennessee is trading TDs early
9:30 departed: Jabari Small touchdown run of 31 yards. That was a really easy ride for the Vols attack.
pat good. Gamecocks 7, parts 7.
4 plays, 75 yards.
9:44 left: Hendon Hooker pulls away from a sack and runs 30 yards. Here comes the pace.
10:43 left: Touchdown South Carolina. Jaheim Bell 19-yard catch and run from the left flat, and the Gamecocks lead 7-0.
That was one game after a Spencer Rattler completion on 4th and 6. South Carolina will be aggressive tonight.
13:20 left: Traevon Kenion with a big third win for the Gamecocks in the UT field.
15:00 departure: All others have held service in the top 10 so far. Ohio State leads Maryland by 3 in the final minutes. Nothing has changed yet.
But there have been close calls. TCU and Michigan needed field goals in the final seconds to escape with wins. Georgia played Kentucky to a 16-6 rock fight victory.
Tennessee can make a statement on the road tonight against South Carolina. Rocky Top tries to drown out Sandstorm, but is ultimately unable to.
Vols will kick off after winning the coin toss.
Pregame: Jeremy Banks is not playing
Tennessee linebacker Jeremy Banks did not make the trip to Columbia with an injury, a team spokesman told Knox News.
Banks has become an important part of the Vols’ defense and ranks third on the team in total tackles with 46 stops. He also has four tackles for a loss.