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             === Gamecocks end two-game skid, defeat Volunteers ===
 
 Columbia,  SC (Sports Network) - Adam Yates' fourth-quarter field goal was the
 deciding  score, and  Victor Hampton's  late  interception sealed  it, as  the
 17th-ranked  South  Carolina Gamecocks escaped  with a 38-35 decision over the
 Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium.
 
 "I  think it was  good to win one like that. We figured they would come back,"
 said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.
 
 Connor  Shaw  threw for 356 yards  and three touchdowns on 22-of-32 efficiency
 for the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC), who snapped a two-game slide.
 
 Bruce  Ellington led the  way with 101 yards and a score on six catches, while
 Ace Sanders and Rory Anderson also ended with a TD reception each.
 
 Marcus  Lattimore totaled  65 yards  and one  touchdown on  11 carries  before
 departing in the second quarter with a gruesome right leg injury.
 
 Tyler  Bray tossed three  of his four touchdowns to Zach Rogers, part of a 27-
 of-43,  368-yard performance  for the  Volunteers (3-5,  0-5), who  lost their
 fourth straight contest.
 
 Rogers  finished with  107 yards on six grabs, while Vincent Dallas and Mychal
 Rivera also posted TD receptions in defeat.
 
 Yates'  36-yard make  put the hosts ahead  by a 38-28 count with 10 minutes to
 play,  but  Tennessee struck back inside  of two minutes later. Rogers had one
 foot in bounds on a 22-yard TD reception to pull Tennessee within three.
 
 Holding  onto  a that  slim lead,  the hosts  were poised  to add an insurance
 score.  However,  on a 4th-and-4 from  the Vols' 30-yard line, Shaw was picked
 off by Herman Lathers, and the visitors set up on their own 19.
 
 Reaching  the hosts' 19-yard line on the ninth play of the ensuing possession,
 Bray  was hit  on the arm by Jadeveon  Clowney and coughed up the ball on 1st-
 and-10, recovered by South Carolina's Shaq Wilson with 1:08 on the clock.
 
 "Clowney  wins the  game for us. He  got two good pressures there at the end,"
 Spurrier added of the key defensive stand. "I don't think we could have slowed
 them  down much.  That was the key to  the ball game. He knocked it loose, and
 our guys fell on the fumble."
 
 The  Volunteers  defense held on the  following series, but after a punt, took
 over  on their  own 16 with 36  seconds to play. An incompletion on first down
 was followed by an interception by Hampton to seal it.
 
 "Well  that  was another tough finish.  It was a  great football game and I am
 proud  of  my team for  the resiliency that  they showed," said Tennessee head
 coach Derek Dooley. "So all you can do is move on. We didn't really accomplish
 what  we wanted  to against these SEC top  teams but we have to turn the page.
 There is a lot at stake down the stretch and we could still have a really good
 season."
 
 Shaw hit Ellington for a 33-yard strike on South Carolina's first drive of the
 contest. Tennessee countered on its ensuing series as Bray found Rogers in the
 end zone from eight yards out.
 
 Early  in the second quarter, Anderson hauled in a Shaw pass from 26 yards out
 and  the hosts  led 14-7, and Lattimore  capped the next Carolina drive with a
 28-yard scamper to paydirt.
 
 Bray  and Rogers hooked up again, this time on a 37-yard scoring play, to pull
 the Vols back within one score.
 
 Despite losing Lattimore  when a Tennessee defender's helmet struck the junior
 back's knee head on and with full force late in the first half, South Carolina
 managed to head to the break up 28-14 after Shaw's one-yard plunge.
 
 "He  had a heck of a game going, too," Spurrier said of Lattimore. "A guy came
 knifing  in there.  The other guy hit  him low. It is a very, very unfortunate
 thing  that  happened to  Marcus. We'll  all pray for  him. Hopefully he'll be
 back.  Maybe he'll be  back next year. Maybe it won't be quite as severe as it
 appeared on the field out there."
 
 Aided  by  a Gamecocks defender  falling down, Dallas was  able to take a Bray
 pass  on the left side and roll 61 yards into the end zone for a one-touchdown
 game early in the third.
 
 Both  sides then traded  failed series, and South Carolina took 11 plays to go
 80 yards and took a 35-21 lead on a 24-yard connection from Shaw to Sanders.
 
 The  Vols  responded with  a 13-yard pass  from Alton Howard  to Rivera on the
 first play of the fourth quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 South Carolina racked up 510 yards of total offense and 25 first downs, to 472
 yards  and  23 first  downs for  Tennessee ...  Justice Cunningham totaled 108
 yards  on six  receptions for the victors  ... Shaw added 33 yards rushing ...
 Marlin  Lane,  Jr. finished  with a team-high  56 yards on  15 carries for the
 Volunteers.
 
 
 
 10/27 20:07:26 ET