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Spencer Rattler, South Carolina Topple No. 5 Tennessee

Spencer Rattler, South Carolina Topple No. 5 Tennessee

Columbia, SC — Spencer Rattler He had the best day of his unexpected career, with 438 yards and six touchdowns South Carolina Beat No. 5 Tennessee 63-38 On Saturday night, the Volunteers were all but eliminated from the playoffs.

Tennessee (9-2, 6-2 Southeast) could also beat a Heisman Trophy contender Hendon Hookerwho left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury, after falling and getting bumped uninjured.

Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said he had no update on Hooker’s condition and would evaluate him when the team returns to Knoxville.

Even before the injury, the quarterback of the night was Rattler, who had been a Heisman hopeful on Oklahoma’s bench in 2021. The junior finally lived up to the potential South Carolina (7-4, 4-4) fans had hoped for. When she arrived.

The Rattlers came into the night with nine interceptions and eight touchdowns and an average of 198 passing yards per game. Questions were asked about whether GameCox might want to check backups.

But Junior was patient in the pocket, dropping passes in the narrowest of windows. He rushed for 16 yards on five carries. He even caught a pass in the red zone Deckerion JoynerWho South Carolina typically uses as a running threat under center.

The Rattler’s career highs before Saturday were 387 yards against Kansas State for Oklahoma in 2020 and five TDs for the Sooners against Western Carolina in 2021.

Antoine Wells Jr. Caught 11 passes for 177 yards, and Josh Vann And Jaime Bell Each caught two touchdowns for the Gamecocks.

Tennessee’s defense could do almost nothing to stop the 11th-best offense in the SEC. The Gamecocks gained 606 yards after failing to gain more than 300 yards in three of their last four games. 63 points is the most by an unranked team against an AP top-five opponent in the poll era, according to ESPN Stats & Data Research.

“Obviously, extremely disappointed with the performance and the outcome of the football game,” Heupel said. “It’s everybody involved, from me to our assistant coaches to our players, there was an opportunity and they didn’t take advantage of it, didn’t play well. Credit to South Carolina. They played well. It’s just disappointing that we didn’t. Not perform well.”

Hooker was 25-of-42 for 247 yards and three TDs before the injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of his leg injury, but he did not return to the game. Joe Milton III Hooker took over for the Vols at QB when he went down, turned the ball over on downs after a drive into the red zone, then led a four-play, 75-yard scoring drive in the final two minutes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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