The sophomore receiver continued to show his versatility by running for an 11-yard touchdown out of the Wildcat formation in the first quarter. He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Wilds in the second quarter. He caught 12-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Thompson in the third quarter. He caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Thompson in the fourth quarter. He set a new school record for single-game receiving yards.
Tennessee had a first down at the USC 5-yard line in the first quarter but couldn’t score on four plays, as the Gamecocks made a pair of stops from the 1-yard line to get the ball back.
The backup junior tailback made his presence felt with a 30-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Gamecocks outscored the Volunteers 14-0 in the period with touchdown drives of 74 and 72 yards to take a 28-21 lead, while the USC defense forced a pair of missed field goals.
Backed up to its 10-yard line in the fourth quarter and Tennessee rallying, USC came up big when quarterback Dylan Thompson scrambled 20 yards for a huge first down that led to a Gamecock touchdown.
Do they really play in weather like this all the time in the North? It was much too brisk and windy for SEC fans used to sweating through games. The wind was so strong that three fields goals, two by Tennessee and one by USC, were missed kicking into it.
7:40 p.m. start
There’s nothing like a late kickoff for television on a cold night to send many fans to the exit long before the finish.
Throwing from the 1
Dylan Thompson’s overthrow from the USC 1-yard line after a goal-line stand led to a Tennessee interception by Justin Coleman and the Volunteers’ game-tying touchdown in the first quarter.
The defense allowed a 36-yard touchdown run by Tennessee quarterback Justin Dobbs with seven seconds to play in the second quarter to allow the Vols to take a 21-14 halftime lead. Dobbs set a school single-game record for rushing yards by a QB.
The defense gave up an 85-yard TD drive on nine plays to allow the Vols to tie the score at 42-42 with 11 second left and force overtime. The unit allowed a field goal in overtime to give Tennessee a 45-42 victory.
The line allowed sacks of Thompson on the first two plays of overtime to kill USC’s chances of scoring.