After jumping out to a fast 17-7 first half lead, the Volunteers were on the defensive the majority of the second half, falling behind and then ultimately rallying for a 23-21 victory. Justin Worley found Marquez North for the second time on a long bomb pass, this one 39 yards, which set up the game winning Michael Palardy field goal as time expired.
Worley finished the afternoon 19/34 for 179 yards with a passing touchdown and another 18 yards rushing on the ground. Rajion Neal paced the rushing attack carrying the majority of the load for the Volunteer ground game en route to 24 carries for 77 yards and a score. The aforementioned North didn't need a lot of touches to do the majority of his damage, finishing with 3 catches and a big 102 yards. Alton Howard also added 33 yards on 8 catches for a TD.
South Carolina was without Connor Shaw for much of the fourth quarter after a knee injury ended the Gamecocks' signal caller's day. Prior, he was erratic, completing only 7/21 passes for 161 yards, a TD and a pick. He was, however, his usual brilliant self on the ground, rushing for 78 yards on 19 carries and adding the then go ahead one yard rushing touchdown. Mike Davis had himself an afternoon, rushing for 137 yards on 21 carries and a score of his own.
Following easily the biggest win of the Butch Jones era, the Vols won't have any time to rest on their laurels. #1 Alabama will play host to Tennessee next Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.