A Non-Glamorous Road Win Is Still a Win for Tennessee at South Carolina

The Tennessee Volunteers went on the road at South Carolina and took care of business, Will Muschamp’s pleas to fans to get the f— up out of their seats notwithstanding.

It wasn’t the prettiest win in the world for the Vols, but it was a game where they never trailed; South Carolina made the perplexing decision to kick a field goal on 4th and 12 from the Vols’ 28 with a little over three minutes remaining to cut the lead from 7 to 4. The Gamecocks had a chance to drive for the win with slightly over a minute left, but fumbled the punt return.

For Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee, an ugly win and a glamorous one count the same in the ledger. The Vols had no turnovers, and Jarrett Guarantano threw for 8.4 yards per attempt.

Next Saturday, Tennessee hosts Mizzou, which should be an opportunity to pick up more momentum.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. South Carolina has been a tough game for UT lately. Given that this was the first game of the season, it was at Columbia and COVID has played havoc with preparation, I am satisfied with the win. The defense was good enough. I need to see more consistency out of Guarantano though. Just like last year, he is missing wide open receivers too often. For now I’ll put it down to first game jitters and knocking off the rust. But he has to improve. The offensive line looked good for a change.

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