#Gamecocks can’t recover from first half meltdown, fall at Tennessee 45-20 (AUDIO)

Kevin Harris scored his first two touchdowns of the season in the loss to Tennessee (Danny Parker)

USC played one of the worst 30 minutes of football imaginable to fall into a 35-7 halftime hole at Tennessee Saturday afternoon. To their credit, the Gamecocks showed some second half spunk, but it was not nearly enough to overcome the Vols who went on to a 45-20 win at Neyland Stadium. The Gamecocks have lost three in a row to the Vols and nine straight SEC games over the last two seasons.

The Vols picked right up where they left off at Missouri last weekend when they had almost 700 yards of offense. They scored touchdowns on their first four possessions for a 28-0 lead.

the Gamecocks actually had a chance in the first quarter to put seven on the board. They reached the Tennessee one with conventional football, even the I-formation. But offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield, inexplicably went to the Wildcat with Dakereon Joyner, and he was stuffed on a run. Satterfield followed that call with defensive end Jordan Burch lining up at tailback and taking a toss, rolling left, and throwing into the end zone. The pass was intercepted.

That moment seemed to suck the life out of the Gamecocks for most of the rest of the first half. Tennessee did whatever it wanted with its high-tempo attack and finished the first half with 373 yards. The Vols slowed things down in the second half, and the Gamecocks picked things up. USC outscored UT 13-7 and outgained the Vols 189-99 over the final 30 minutes.

The Gamecocks are 3-3 overall at the midway point of their season, 0-3 in the SEC. They remain stuck on 99 alltime SEC victories. They return to Williams-Brice Stadium next Saturday for Homecoming when the opponent will be, who else, Vanderbilt.

FINAL GAME STATS

Luke Doty was 19-31 for 167 yards, and he added 29 rushing yards (Danny Parker)

Here’s my recap from Neyland Stadium

Shane Beamer is still looking for his first SEC win as head coach at USC (Danny Parker)

Shane Beamer postgame press conference

Jaylan Foster postgame

Kai Kroeger postgame

Kevin Harris postgame

Luke Doty postgame

JuJu McDowell had 41 rushing yards and 81 yards in kickoff returns in loss to Tennessee (Danny Parker)

5 thoughts on “#Gamecocks can’t recover from first half meltdown, fall at Tennessee 45-20 (AUDIO)”

  1. 1st and goal on the 1 yard line is not the time for backyard football. Absolutely disgraceful!! I thought we were going to coach better?

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