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Gamecocks beat down No. 5 Volunteers by 25 points

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The South Carolina Gamecocks rebounded after a shocking performance against the Florida Gators last weekend. The team got revenge for their lackluster performance against the Gators.

The Gamecocks defeated the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday night. South Carolina steamrolled Tennessee 63-38 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler hands off the football to MarShawn Lloyd in the first quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats
Spencer Rattler hands off the football to MarShawn Lloyd in the first quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

This is the Gamecocks’ first win in the series since October 27th, 2018 when they won 27-24. South Carolina snapped Tennessee’s three-game win streak with their latest win in the series.

The Gamecocks are now 11-28-2 against the Volunteers. Seven of South Carolina’s wins in the series have come since October 30th, 2010.

With 63 points, it is the most points ever scored in the series. Previously, their high was 42 in a 45-42 loss to the Volunteers on November 1st, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina.

This could have been Spencer Rattler’s final game at Williams-Brice Stadium. If it was, it was the best game of his junior season.

He went 30 of 37 for 438 yards. He had six touchdown passes.

He previously had a season-high of 376 yards against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Week 2 on September 10th. The six touchdowns doubled his previous high of three touchdown passes against the Vanderbilt Commodores in Week 10 on November 5th.

Jaheim Bell had 17 carries for 82 yards. Antwane Wells Jr. had 11 receptions for 177 yards.

Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker took another hit to his Heisman Trophy chances. Since he was the Heisman favorite a few weeks ago, the team lost two of their last three games.

Hooker went 25 of 42 for 247 yards. He had three touchdown passes.

He was injured in the game. Hooker left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his leg.

Jabari Small had 11 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. Squirrel White had five receptions for 96 yards.

The Gamecocks scored 28 points in the final two quarters. Wells Jr. scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown.

Rattler hit Bell for a 2-yard touchdown reception. Dakereon Joyner had a three-yard rushing touchdown.

Rattler also connected with Jalen Brooks for a 20-yard touchdown reception.

The Volunteers had just 14 points. Hooker passed Princeton Fant for a 41 touchdown reception.

Joe Milton III hit Cedric Tillman for a 21-yard touchdown.

South Carolina led 35-24 at halftime. Rattler hit Bell for a 19-yard touchdown reception to begin the scoring in the first half. Small also scored a 31-yard rushing touchdown.

Rattler hit Josh Vann for a 60-yard touchdown reception. Rattler, who transferred to South Carolina this season after playing three seasons for the Oklahoma Sooners, hit Juju McDowell for an 11-yard touchdown reception.

Joyner also scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Rattler hit Vann for their second touchdown in the first half, this time for an 18-yard touchdown reception.

The Volunteers Hooker hit Tillman for a three-yard touchdown reception. Chase McGrath made a 27-yard field goal.

Hooker also hit Bru McCoy for a seven-yard touchdown reception.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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