Notes From The USC Loss To Tennessee

Notes from the Tennessee game included a couple of first for a couple of Gamecocks, and a couple of milestones for a couple of Volunteers ...


The first period fumble recovery by deep snapper Kevin Saylor was the first of the senior's career. The recovery set up a 26 yard field goal by Daniel Weaver. It was Weaver's eighth field goal of the season. Weaver missed a 37 yard field goal attempt late in the first half. His career field goal totals are 22 of 31.

The third quarter recovery of a Tennessee fumble by Moe Thompson was the first recovery of the season for the freshman. The fumble was caused by senior nose tackle Langston Moore. The Thompson recovery set up an early fourth quarter three yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman Thez Robinson. It was Robinson's first career touchdown.

The announced attendance of 83,918 was South Carolina's fifth consecutive sellout crowd of the season, and the second largest crowd of the year. It was the fifth largest crowd ever in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Georgia game drew a crowd of 84,227. Total attendance for five games this season is 413,521, an average of 82,704 per game.

South Carolina's 45 yards passing against Tennessee was a season low. The previous low was 119 yards through the air against Virginia in the second game of the season.

TENNESSEE POSTGAME NOTES Tennessee vs. South Carolina- Nov. 2, 2002 - Williams-Brice Stadium - Columbia, S.C.

Fulmer Records 100th Career Win; Vols Win 18-10 at South Carolina

Series Notes

  1. Tennessee leads the series 17-2-2 ... Vols lead in Columbia 6-2-2
  2. UT has won the last 10 meetings in the series
  3. USC's last win in the series was by a 24-23 count in 1992 at Columbia
  4. The Vols have a 10-1 mark against South Carolina since the Gamecocks joined the league in 1992
  5. Vols entered today's game ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll ... USC was unranked entering today's game
  6. Tennessee improves to 5-3 (2-3 SEC) ... USC falls to (5-4, 3-3 SEC)
  7. Today's Attendance: 83,918

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has a 100-23 (.813) mark in his 11th season at his alma mater.

  1. 11th fastest coach in NCAA history to 100 victories (123 games)
  2. Becomes fifth fastest in terms of longevity (11th season-8th game)
  3. Fulmer is the only active coach (min. 10 seasons) to rank in NCAA's all-time Top 10 in winning percentage (10th)
  4. Fulmer is 10-0 vs. South Carolina, including a 4-0 mark in Columbia
  5. Fulmer has led Tennessee to more 11-win (3) and 10-win seasons (6) than any other coach in UT history
  6. Led UT to nation's best record (45-5) from 1995-98, including a 13-0 mark in 1998 and the National Championship

QB Casey Clausen completed 17-of-23 for 175 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions

  1. Clausen passed Jeff Francis (476) for third-place on UT's all-time completions list ... He enters next week's game with 495 career completions
  2. His 5-yard TD run with 6:19 remaining gave the Vols a 18-10 advantage
  3. Clausen is now 22-5 as a starter at quarterback for the Vols
  4. Clausen has an 9-0 record as a starter on the road, including a 7-0 mark in SEC games
  5. Clausen's Career passing stats now read: 495-of-753 (.657) 6,139 yards, 46 TDs, 21 INT

Davis & Houston Lead Vols Ground Attack

  1. Cedric Houston gained a career-high 108 yards on 30 carries (previous: 106 vs. Wyoming on 10 carries)
  2. 62-yard first quarter run was a career-long (previous: 58 vs. Arkansas, 2002) ... Run set up Vols' first TD
  3. Vols rushed for more yards in first quarter (79) than in previous game vs. Alabama (59)

Witten Leads Receiving Corps

  1. TE Jason Witten equaled his season-high with 6 catches for 72 yards .. He also had 6 vs. Florida
  2. WR Montrell Jones had 4 receptions for 69 yards ... His 69 yards are a career-high
  3. C.J. Fayton's 3-yard TD pass from Clausen was his first since the season-opener against Wyoming

Baker: SEC's Active Career Interception Leader

  1. FS Rashad Baker's second quarter interception gave him 10 career pics-most of any active player in the SEC
  2. Baker is now tied for 12th on the Vols' all-time interceptions list, joining J.W. Sherrill, Eddie Brown, Roland James, Jason Parker
  3. Baker's now has a team-leading 5 interceptions this season
  4. Baker has had an interception in the last three games

Vol Defense

  1. UT limited USC to a season-low 45 yards passing (5-of-19)
  2. Tennessee picked off three passes tonight ... The Vols now have 11 on the season
  3. Vol fumbles at the UT 16 and 17 set up USC's 10 points
  4. Vols recorded three sacks tonight, running the season total to 22
  5. USC had possession of the ball just 2:00 in the fourth quarter ... For the game TOP read: UT-38:02; USC-21:58 ... Following USC's first possession that consumed 6:52, UT held a 38:13-to-13:02 advantage in TOP


  1. With WR Kelley Washington and DE Demetrin Veal missing today's game with injuries, the Vols have now had 12 players miss a combined 37 starts this season
  2. Freshman WR Chris Hannon caught his first pass since the season-opener against Wyoming
  3. Freshman QB James Banks started the second half because of Clausen's ankle injury
  4. UT's 17-play, 90-yard scoring (8:38) in the fourth quarter was the Vols longest of season in terms of plays, yards and time
  5. Punter Dustin Colquitt added two more 50-yarders today ... He now has nine punts of 50 yards or better, including four in the last two games

Next Up

  1. Tennessee plays host to No. 1-ranked Miami at Neyland Stadium ... Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (EST) on CBS
  2. UT won the only other meeting against the Hurricanes, 35-7 in the 1986 Sugar Bowl

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