Quarterly report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of South Carolina's 27-6 defeat of Tennessee Saturday night in Columbia:

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The Vols opened with a bang, Nick Stephens hitting Lucas Taylor with a 27-yard pass on Tennessee's first snap. The drive stalled, however, when Stephens was sacked on third-and-10 at the South Carolina 35-yard line. The Gamecocks then raced 82 yards in five plays, scoring a TD when Stephen Garcia hit Mike Davis with a 12-yard pass.
KEY PLAY

SC's first three plays of its second possession. Those plays - completions of 19 yards to Kenny McKinley, 18 yards to McKinley and 31 yards to Eric Baker - moved the ball from the Carolina 18 to the Vol 14. The Gamecocks scored the game's opening TD two plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Garcia. He accounted for all 78 yards on SC's first TD drive, completing four of four passes for 80 yards and rushing for the other two yards.

KEY STAT

After gaining 27 yards on their first snap, the Vols gained just 22 yards on their next 20 snaps of the quarter.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 7 SC

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On the first play of the quarte Carolina's Stoney Woodson intercepted a deep out Stephens intended for Briscoe and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown that gave SC a 14-0 lead. Jonathan Crompton replaced Stephens for the next two Vol series. Later in the quarter Captain Munnerlyn scooped up a Lennon Creer fumble and raced 40 yards to the UT 4-yard line. On the very next play Garcia hit Kenny McKinley with a quick slant pass for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
KEY PLAY

Woodson's interception. Tennessee was driving for a touchdown that could've tied the score. Instead of 7-7, Woodson's pick produced a 14-point swing and gave SC a 14-0 lead. UT never recovered.

KEY PLAYER

Munnerlyn. In addition to his 40-yard fumble return, he recovered a ball that bounded off a teammate following a Britton Colquitt punt.

KEY STAT

Tennessee, which allowed just four sacks in 2007, allowed four sacks in the first half of this game.



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UT 0 Quarter 2 00:00 21 SC

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Tennessee opened the half with a 49-yard pass from Stephens to Austin Rogers but eventually gave the ball up on downs at the SC. 24-yard line. The Gamecocks then launched a 13-play drive Ryan Succop capped with a 31-yard field goal, padding the lead to 24-0. UT responded with an 80-yard drive that ended with a one-yard Arian Foster touchdown dive. Stephens was sacked on a two-point conversion try, leaving the score at 24-6. Eric Berry returned an interception 47 yards on the second play of SC's ensuing possession but Stephens was stopped two inches short on a fourth-and-18 inches sneak at the Gamecock 35-yard line.
KEY PLAY

Stephens' foiled sneak. Down 24-6 with 20 minutes left, the Vols still had a chance to get back in the game until that play gave the ball back to South Carolina.

KEY PLAYER

Vol receiver Austin Rogers. He caught two passes in the quarter, a 49-yarder and a 15-yarder on the Vols' TD drive.

KEY STAT

Tennessee went 0-for-2 on fourth-down tries in the quarter, surrendering the ball at the SC 24 and later at the SC 35.



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UT 6 Quarter 3 00:00 24 SC

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A fumble by Vol punt return man Dennis Rogan was recovered by South Carolina at the UT 14-yard line. Three plays later Succop booted another 31-yard field goal to secure the final margin.
KEY PLAY

With 10 minutes left a 10-yard pass from Stephens to Lucas Taylor was nullified by an illegal-formation call. The Vols had to punt the ball away two plays later and didn't get it back until 5:36 remained.

KEY PLAYER

South Carolina's defense. It limited UT to two net yards in the final period.

KEY STAT

Tennessee surrendered two more sacks in the final quarter, finishing the night with six.



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UT 6 Quarter 4 00:00 27 SC

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Game #: 1152
Site: Columbia
Date: Nov. 1
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Gamecocks - Spurrier


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