Mitchell found Rice with a 28-yard pass on the first play of the quarter. Five plays later, the two hooked up again -- this time on a five-yard TD pass that gave the Gamecocks a 13-12 lead. Kevin Simon
decked Mitchell before he could unload a two-point conversion pass.
Clausen returned at quarterback and, thanks to a 23-yard run by Foster, moved the Vols to a third-and-two at Carolina's 26-yard line. Fullback David Holbert dropped a pass in the right flat, however, and UT settled for a 43-yard Wilhoit field goal and a 15-13 lead.
Mitchell completed passes of 13, 15, 10, 10 and 7 yards as the Gamecocks marched to the Vol 32-yard line. Josh Brown barely cleared the crossbar with a 49-yard field goal that gave Carolina a 16-15 lead with 2:45 left.
Clausen led Tennessee to one first down, then threw three consecutive incompletions -- the last one turning the ball over on downs at UT's 40-yard line with 1:37 to play. Carolina then ran out the clock to seal the victory.