Oct. 19, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee's all-time record improved to 803-357-53.
On this date, Tennessee stands 8-6-1.
UT now has a 10-4 mark in its last 14 games at Neyland Stadium since Nov. 5, 2011.
The Big Orange now leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 23-7-2, including 15-2 in Knoxville.
Tennessee snapped South Carolina's three-game winning streak in the series, which began in 2010.
Tennessee is 79-37-9 all-time coming off an open date, while Butch Jones is 9-1 as a head coach in that scenario.
Butch Jones is 4-3 at Tennessee and owns a career record of 54-30.
Tennessee is 4-3 in coin tosses this season after losing today's flip.
South Carolina deferred, and Tennessee received the opening kickoff for the first time this season.
UT is 2-3 when winning the coin flip and 2-0 when losing the toss.
Today's attendance was 95,736, moving the season average to 93,881.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS The Tennessee captains were #1 Michael Palardy, #2 Pig Howard, #14 Justin Worley and #80 Corey Miller. Worley and Miller are South Carolina natives, from Rock Hill and Wellford, respectively.
VFL LEGENDS OF THE GAME Today's Vol For Life (#VFL) Legends of the Game were the more than 200 former players who returned to Rocky Top for the contest.
They took part in the Vol Walk, the pregame reading of General Neyland's Maxims and ran through the "T" prior to kickoff.
With the Vol Walk starting in 1990 and the tradition of running through the "T" starting in 1965, it was the first time many of the players enjoyed those experiences.
More than 20 members of the 1998 National Championship team were on hand, including Al Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hall and Chad Clifton.
Members of the 1951 National Championship team included Herky Payne and Pat Shires.
Former head coach and player, Johnny Majors, led the Vol Walk, and former UT quarterback Tony Robinson returned to The Hill for the first time in 25 years.
VOLS THINK PINK The Vols wore pink equipment on Saturday in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The players donned pink gloves, wrist bands, socks, knee braces and more.
Freshman Jalen Reeves-Maybin honors his late grandmother by wearing pink shoelaces every day. Classmate Malik Brown also has a grandmother who has suffered from breast cancer.
ROCKIN' ALL ORANGE Tennessee donned orange jerseys and orange pants vs. South Carolina, marking the first time the Vols wore an all-orange ensemble since a 26-22 home loss vs. Auburn on Oct. 3, 2009.
UT also wore all orange in a Dec. 1 , 2007, SEC Championship Game setback to LSU, 21-14, and a 17-16 home win on Sept. 25, 1999, vs. Memphis.
During the 1980s and the Reggie White era, orange-on-orange was a common Tennessee uniform combination.
FOR STARTERS Redshirt sophomore Mack Crowder got his first career start at center, with senior James Stone moving over to left guard.
Stone made his fifth career start at left guard, with his others coming in 2011 (once) and 2010 (three times).
Sophomore Cody Blanc started at wide receiver, getting his first career starting nod as well.
VOLS CHART SEVERAL VICTORIOUS "FIRSTS" Tennessee's victory over South Carolina is the program's first win over a ranked opponent since the Vols beat No. 21 South Carolina, 31-13, in Knoxville on Oct. 31, 2009.
The Vols also pulled off their first triumph over a top-15 squad since defeating No. 15 South Carolina, 27-24 in overtime, on Oct. 27, 2007.
Michael Palardy's game-winning field goal, his first, was the first by the Vols since James Wilhoit booted Tennessee to a 30-28 victory over Florida in Knoxville with a 50-yarder with six seconds remaining on Sept. 18, 2004.
The Big Orange won on the last play of the game for the first time since Eric Gordon returned an interception 90 yards for a score to defeat Vanderbilt, 27-21 in overtime, on Nov. 19, 2011.
Butch Jones, of course, recorded his first win over a ranked opponent as Tennessee's head coach and the initial triumph over an SEC foe.
While wearing all orange, the victory marked UT's first in that apparel since edging Memphis, 17-16, at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 25, 1999.
PALARDY KICKS VOLS PAST GAMECOCKS Senior Michael Palardy once again handled all of UT's punting and kicking.
Palardy had another outstanding day, but saved his most important performance for last, kicking a game-winning 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Tennessee to victory, 23-21.
Palardy opened the game's scoring with a 37-yard field goal on Tennessee's second drive. He missed from 46 yards in the third quarter, but he hit a 33-yarder in the fourth period and then added the deciding 19-yarder.
The senior now is 8 of 10 on the season and 31 of 43 in his career for FGs.
In PATs, Palardy was two of two on the day, improving to 27 of 27 this season and 102 of 107 for his career.
On eight punts, Palardy averaged 40.4 yards per attempt and placed a career-high six inside the 20, running his total to 16 on the season and 33 for his career.
He had two punts inside the 10, upping his tally to four in 2013 and nine for his career.
Palardy had one punt for 60-plus yards (64) today and now has two for the season.
Palardy now has nine punts of 50 yards or more this season and 23 for his career.
On kickoffs, the senior had two touchbacks vs. South Carolina, running his streak of kicks not returned to seven in a row before it came to an end.
Palardy has 16 touchbacks this season.
WORLEY AGAINST HIS HOME-STATE SCHOOL Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley hails from Rock Hill, S.C., and faced his home-state school for the second time in his career, evening his record vs. the Gamecocks at 1-1.
Worley finished the contest 19-of-34 passing for 179 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
He hooked up with Marquez North for a 39-yard pass play to bail Tennessee out of a third-and-10 jam with 2:23 remaining in the game on what turned out to be the game-winning drive.
Worley put Tennessee on top, 10-7, in the second quarter, finding Pig Howard for a six-yard TD connection.
Worley now has 10 touchdown passes this season and 11 for his career.
The junior delivered a 48-yard dart to Marquez North in the fourth quarter for a first down on a drive that produced a 33-yard field goal by Michael Palardy.
Worley scrambled for a 13-yard gain vs. the Gamecocks in the first quarter and a 11-yard gain for a first-down in the fourth period.
VOLS HEADING NORTH True freshman Marquez North had his first 100-yard receiving game today, catching three key passes for 102 yards.
North's performance was the first 100-yard receiving effort by a Vol rookie since Justin Hunter had 114 vs. Ole Miss on Nov. 13 , 2010. That was, consequently, the last time Tennessee beat an SEC school other than Kentucky or Vanderbilt.
Hunter also had 110 yards receiving earlier that season vs. Georgia on Oct. 9, becoming the first Vol rookie receiver since Robert Meacham (145 vs. Kentucky on Nov. 27, 2004) to eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark.
North was the first Vol to have 100-plus receiving yards since Justin Hunter (141) and Mychal Rivera (129) eclipsed that plateau vs. Missouri on Nov. 10, 2012.
The rookie turned in his most crucial reception on catch number three, snaring a 39-yard offering from Worley on third and 10 to move Tennessee to the USC 26 with 2:23 to play on its game-winning drive.
North absorbed a hit and held on for a 15-yard reception in the second stanza on the scoring drive that put the Vols up, 17-7.
The first-year receiver added a clutch 48-yard grab in the fourth quarter that was his career best and the second-longest pass play of the season for Tennessee.
SWARMING VOL DEFENSE SHAKES SHAW The Tennessee defense put the heat on South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw and essentially kept the wraps on receivers, forcing the senior QB into an 0-for-5 start in pass attempts and a 1-6 first quarter.
Shaw finished the first half 4-11 for 114 yards and one TD, with only a 76-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Damiere Byrd preventing a dismal yardage total.
Shaw threw his first interception in 177 pass attempts, with UT's Cameron Sutton picking off the first pass of the year vs. the Gamecocks in the third quarter.
USC's signal-caller finished the game 7-of-21 for 161 yards with one TD and one INT.
The 21 points recorded by the Gamecocks ranks as the lowest offensive output of the season by USC.
Redshirt senior defensive end Marlon Walls finished with 2.5 sacks, including a first-quarter sack of Shaw and a sack-and-a-half in the fourth quarter (sharing with senior defensive tackle Daniel McCullers)
Shaw was shaken up and helped from the field after the sack by Walls and McCullers with 5:28 remaining in the game. He did not return.
McCullers tied his season high with six stops, including a half sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Danny O'Brien added his first career sack in the second stanza.
Redshirt senior nose guard Daniel Hood was credited with two hurries and four tackles, including a half-tackle for a loss.
Redshirt junior nickel JaRon Toney added a QB hurry and five tackles.
Junior linebacker A.J. Johnson had a pass breakup that nearly was an interception and led the squad with eight tackles.
Butch Jones' RECORD IMPROVED TO... 43-2 when leading at halftime, 38-5 when leading after the first quarter and 7-25 when trailing after the third quarter.
15-3 with a +2 turnover margin or better.
12-8 in game decided by four points or fewer and 15-12 in games with a margin of seven points or fewer.
17-2 when allowing 300 or fewer total yards.
2-8 vs. ranked opponents, including 1-3 at home.
TURNOVER TICKER The Tennessee defense continues to help out the offense, generating two vs. South Carolina and 17 overall takeaways this season.
The Vols tied their total in all of 2012, when they came away with 17 opponents' turnovers.
The Vols entered the game tied with Missouri (15) for the SEC lead and tied for 12th nationally in turnovers forced.
Tennessee came into the game ranked sixth nationally and second in the SEC (Missouri, 13) with 11 interceptions and added one to that total.
Since 2011, Butch Jones-coached teams have forced 78 turnovers, ranking him fourth nationally and second among BCS coaches entering today's game. Mike Gundy was tops among BCS coaches with 78 entering Saturday.
Senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp recovered a fumble in the first quarter.
True freshman Vol cornerback Cameron Sutton picked off a Connor Shaw pass early in the third quarter, Sutton's second interception of the season.
The INT by Sutton was the first miscue by Shaw in 177 pass attempts.
RAJION ON THE RUN Senior running back Rajion Neal put Tennessee up, 17-7, bursting through for a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Neal posted his eighth rushing touchdown this season and the 15th in his career.
Neal ran for 57 yards and a TD on 16 first-half carries and finished with 77 yards on 24 totes for a 3.2 yards-per-carry average.
WELCOME BACK TO THE LINEUP, FELLAS Junior running back Marlin Lane had a 10-yard carry for a first down in the first quarter, marking his return to the lineup from injury for the first time since the South Alabama game.
Lane ran for 35 yards on four carries in the first half and ended up with 55 on 12 attempts for the game, including rushes of five and six yards on Tennessee's final two plays before Palardy's game-winning kick.
Junior wideout Devrin Young also returned from injury, catching a pass for four yards, returning a kickoff 12 yards and fielding a punt in his first action since the opener.
SEVEN DIFFERENT RECEIVERS CARD CATCHES In addition to Marquez North's three catches for 102 yards, six other Vols caught passes on Saturday.
Pig Howard hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from Justin Worley in the second quarter, marking Howard's third receiving TD this season and the fourth of his career.
Howard had a single-game career-high in catches with eight for 33 yards. He had five of those receptions in the first half.
Brendan Downs hauled in a single-game high of three catches for 20 yards, all in the opening half.
Jason Croom came up with a 23-yard reception in the third quarter.
Devrin Young (1/4), Jonathan Johnson (1/6) and Rajion Neal (2/-9) also had receptions.
ODDS & ENDS Tennessee's 17-7 halftime lead today was the largest UT advantage at the half over a ranked team since a 21-3 lead vs. South Carolina on Oct. 31, 2009.
Tennessee led South Carolina, 3-0, after the first quarter, marking the second time this season the Gamecocks were held scoreless in the opening stanza (at UCF, 7-0, on Sept. 28).
USC also trailed 10-3 at Georgia on Sept. 7.
Redshirt freshman Alden Hill had a bone-jarring special teams hit on South Carolina kick returner Pharoh Hill in the second quarter.
South Carolina's Elliott Fry missed a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter, his first failed attempt of the year in seven tries.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW After a review from the booth, the replay official upheld the decision to eject South Carolina strong safety Kadetrix Marcus for targeting a defenseless player (UT sophomore Pig Howard) after a first-quarter reception.
Justin Worley's long first-quarter pass play to Cody Blanc was ruled an incompletion, and the call was reviewed and upheld.
DIFFERENT OPPONENT ON THIRD SATURDAY IN OCTOBER On a weekend that used to be known for clashes between the orange hue of Tennessee and the red shade of Alabama, this Saturday's match-up featured the familar PMS 151 battling the Gamecock Garnet of South Carolina rather than the Crimson Tide of `Bama.
UT played a game on Oct. 19 for the first time since 1991, and for the initial occasion since 1912 it faced off against someone other than Alabama.
The last opponent other than the Crimson Tide that the Big Orange played on Oct. 19 was Tennessee Medical School during that 1912 campaign.