Oct. 29, 2011
For the Record
Tennessee Captains: Rod Wilks, Shane Reveiz and Dallas Thomas.
Legend of the Game: Former Vol defensive back Inky Johnson (2004-06)
South Carolina won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Vols are now 3-5 in pre-game coin flips this season and 1-4 when losing the toss.
Tennessee's all-time record is now 792-345-53 (.688).
The Vols fell to 22-6-1 all-time vs. South Carolina, including 14-2 in Knoxville.
The home team had won the past four games in this series until tonight.
Justin Worley (QB), Marcus Jackson (LG), Rajion Neal (WR), Mo Couch (DT), Byron Moore (DB) made their first career starts for the Vols in the South Carolina game.
With Worley's start vs. the Gamecocks, it became the fifth time in Tennessee history that the Vols have started three different quarterbacks in the same season.
Worley, of course, followed Tyler Bray and Matt Simms this season for UT.
The other seasons (and QBs) were 2004 (Schaeffer,/Ainge/R. Clausen), 2002 (C. Clausen/Leak/Banks), 2000 (Matthews/Suggs/C. Clausen) and 1994 (Colquitt/Helton/Manning).
Justin Worley became the 14th true freshman QB to start a game this season for an NCAA D-I FBS team.
Joining an impressive club, Worley followed in the footsteps of UT's last five rookie QB starters: Peyton Manning (1994), Casey Clausen (2000), Brent Schaeffer (2004), Erik Ainge (2004) and Tyler Bray (2010).
Worley's first completion of note during a challenging first half was a 25-yard strike to DeAnthony Arnett with 6:21 to go in the second period. He followed that up with a 26-yarder to Arnett two minutes before the half.
Entering today, 13 true freshmen quarterbacks had started for an NCAA D-I FBS team this season, compiling a record of 18-34.
The only true freshman to defeat a ranked team this season is Ohio State's Braxton Miller vs. No. 16 Illinois, 17-7, on Oct. 15.
Getting Points On The Board
Thanks to Michael Palardy's first-quarter field goal, Tennessee has not been shut out for 217 straight games, dating back to the 31-0 loss to Florida on Sept. 17, 1994.
Odds & Ends
Tennessee's offensive line surrendered only one sack to the SEC's top sack tandem of Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney.
DeAnthony Arnett's 26-yard reception in the first half was a career long.
Redshirt freshman running back Jaron Toney became the 18th freshman to play this season for the Volunteers.
Tennessee tied its single-game high for sacks this season with three - all in the first half.
Prentiss Waggner picked up his second sack of the year and his career.
Malik Jackson has had a hand in a tackle for loss in six straight games and now has 12 1/2 career sacks after his solo effort tonight.
Willie Bohannon notched a sack, pushing his total to 4 1/2 for his career.
A.J. Johnson became the first Tennessee true freshman to record three 10-plus tackle games, tallying 12 vs. South Carolina.
Johnson moved into third place on Tennessee's all-time true freshman tackle-leaders list with 57 this season. He moved past Reggie White (51 in 1980) in the third quarter with his seventh stop of the game to hit 52. In addition to his 12 tackles vs. South Carolina, he added his second fumble recovery of the season.
Only Eric Berry (86, 2007) and Jonathan Hefney (65, 2004) are ahead of Johnson on that freshman tackles list.
Prentiss Waggner picked off a Connor Shaw pass and returned it 54 yards to the South Carolina three-yard line. It was his first this season and the sixth of his career.
The 54-yard return matched Waggner's career long, equaling the INT run-back he had against UT-Martin in 2010.
Couldn't Get Off The Field
Tennessee surrendered a 20-play, 98-yard drive that consumed 11:35 of the third quarter. The number of plays and duration were season highs by an opponent, and the yardage ranked behind the 99 LSU went in 16 plays in 8:44 on Oct. 15.
John Propst tallied his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter, falling on a muffed punt by South Carolina's Ace Sanders.
Rod Wilks made his team-leading seventh special teams tackle.
With his 22-yard field goal in the first quarter, Michael Palardy booted his fifth in a row. The streak came to an end later in the period when his 47-yarder try was deflected. He now has converted on nine of 13 attempts this season.