Jarrett Guarantano set a career high in completions and some overlooked Vols stepped up for the Big Orange, but Tennessee dropped Saturday's road game at South Carolina, 27-24.
The Vols leaned on Jarrett Guarantano's arm early and often throughout this game. He found tight end Eli Wolf from five yards out in the first quarter. He connected with Jauan Jennings for six yards out to give the Vols a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. He would finish with a career high 27-of-39 for 207 yards.
Marquez Callaway led the receiving corps with nine catches for 86 yards.
Unfortunately, the Vols' defense started to fade away late in the third quarter, allowing a 73-yard pass from the Gamecocks' Jake Bentley to Bryan Edwards.
After a couple attempts short of the goal line, South Carolina punched it in to tie the game.
Tennessee's next drive, which went into the fourth quarter, would result in a turnover on downs at the South Carolina 35. That gave the Gamecocks enough time to drive within field goal range and take a 27-24 lead on Parker White's 25-yarder.
Welcome back, Carlin! Junior Carlin Fils-Aime played his first game at running back this season, after working out with the defensive backs for most of fall camp.
Fils-Aime ran from 14 yards out to give Tennessee a 21-9 lead, its largest of the night.
Shy! Senior Shy Tuttle made a heck of a play on South Carolina's second pass of the game, catching a Jake Bentley pass attempt that had been batted in the air for an interception.
Exciting stat The Vols converted 11 of their 16 3rd downs on offense.