Vols Fail to Reach the End Zone Again in 15-9 Loss to South Carolina

Knoxville, TN-(WDEF) The Vols changed quarterbacks against South Carolina, hoping to jump-start a sagging offense, but Tennessee still couldn’t find the end zone. UT has now gone ten straight quarters without a touchdown.
Jarrett Guarantano got his first career start at quarterback.
And in the second quarter, he got his welcome to the SEC moment on a big hit from Skai Moore. Guarantano was left grimacing.
Fans were left grimacing watching these two offenses.
The Vols held South Carolina to 104 yards in the first half.
All the points came on field goals as Tennessee led 9-3 at the break.
Second half and South Carolina slowly grinded down the Vols defense.
Third quarter, A.J. Turner scored on a twenty yard run to tie the game at nine.
Said Vols defensive lineman Kyle Phillips:”And I think we got a little winded in the second half for sure. Drives where we should have gotten off the field, and we didn’t. That really impacted the rest of the drive.
The Vols managed only 75 yards of offense in the second half, and Guarantano
was sacked seven times.
Said head coach Butch Jones:”We didn’t have very many big plays. Again against that defense or any defense, you need big splash plays, and we weren’t able to generate any.”
With Tennessee down 15-9 in the final minute, Gurantano got UT down the field.
A 39-yard completion to Brandon Johnson inside the 25 had the Vols thinking victory. One second left from the two. Guarantano rolled out, but his pass was incomplete. And South Carolina gets the 15-9 win.
Said Guarantano:”Roll out. I thought I had him. Better throw or whatever I have to do. That was about it. I had to get out of the pocket and make a play.”
Said offensive lineman Brett Kendrick:”It’s tough. We want to win. Can’t win if we don’t score.”
Reporter:”You talked this week about the preparation and how good you guys were during the bye week. What happened and how did that not translate to the performance today?”
Said Jones:”Well, did we not play a good football team? We got better. And unfortunately we came up short. We had an opportunity to win the football game.”

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