The junior from New Jersey had 97 of South Carolina’s 206 yards on two plays in the first half. He finished with 121 yards and a touchdown, and leads with 384 yards receiving in seven games.
The sophomore tailback ran for 137 yards, the sixth time in seven games over the century mark. Davis now has 879 yards on the season to go with 10 scores.
Williams was the most consistent of South Carolina’s safeties, leading the team Saturday with eight tackles. He also and was in on one tackle for loss.
Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles
Both defensive linemen were active, with Clowney credited with five tackles, 2.5 of those for loss, and two quarterback hurries. Quarles added two tackles for loss, including the Gamecocks’ only sack on Justin Worley.
First, fourth quarter offense
The Gamecocks had two first-quarter series that went three and out and managed 36 yards of offense outside of a long Davis run. One drive featured two dropped passes, including Shaq Roland’s only target of the game after serving a three-game suspension. In the fourth quarter, USC had three drives that results in 12 total yards.
South Carolina didn’t get the same good fortune against Tennessee that it did last weekend against Arkansas. On Connor Shaw’s first-quarter fumble, USC’s Davis emerged from the player pileup with the ball, but referees ruled it a recovery by Tennessee. Late in the second quarter and deep in its Tennessee territory, Clowney hit Vols tailback Rajion Neal. What initially appeared to be a fumble recovered by the Gamecocks was ruled an incomplete pass.
A pair of second half penalties (Sidney Rhodes block, T.J. Gurley holding) cost the team field position on returns. Elliott Fry’s 45-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter was well short, the true freshman’s first miss of the season.
Tennessee receiver Marquez North, a true freshman from Charlotte, N.C., had receptions of 48 and 39 yards in both of the Volunteers’ fourth-quarter drives that ended in field goals.
At 95,736 in attendance, it was the second straight week the Gamecocks’ opponent fell way short of a sellout. Neyland Stadium holds 102,455.