The No. 18 Tennessee Vols turned over the ball three times in their visit to Columbia as they lost 24-21.
Saturday marked the Vols’ first loss to an unranked opponent in 2016.
The same issues that plagued the Vols in the first half of the season returned for the second half opener. Senior quarterback Josh Dobbs was left unprotected, faced several third-and-long scenarios, and was sacked three times.
Dobbs also threw a second quarter interception to Jamarcus King to further give the Gamecocks momentum.
South Carolina aided Tennessee’s touchdown drive in the first half when Chris Lammons threw punches at Vols receiver Jauan Jennings and was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Evan Berry proved to be a bright spot in the third quarter when he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Dobbs also tacked on a passing touchdown to Jennings for six yards to put Tennessee within three points of the Gamecocks, 24-21.
Turnovers killed the Vols, however, when Dobbs threw an interception to Jamarcus King in the fourth quarter to all but seal South Carolina’s victory.
Aaron Medley attempted a 58-yard field goal with seconds waning in the game, but it came up short.