South Carolina vs. Tennessee: 10 Things We Learned in Vols' Win

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South Carolina vs. Tennessee: 10 Things We Learned in Vols' Win
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers got the monkey off their back and beat a ranked foe for the first time since 2009, topping the No. 11 South Carolina Gamecocks on a chip-shot field goal, as time expired, 23-21.

Two weeks removed from a heartbreaking loss to then-No. 6 Georgia, the Vols faced another elite SEC East foe and didn't squander the opportunity late this time around. 

Like they typically do against highly ranked foes, the Vols got on top early on in this one. But they actually held it heading into the locker room, going into halftime with a 17-7 lead.

The momentum quickly shifted in the third quarter behind two South Carolina touchdowns, which gave Tennessee a 21-17 deficit heading into the final 15 minutes.

But the defense tightened up in the final quarter, and two huge plays from the passing game set up two field goals that, ultimately, were the difference.

Here are the 10 things I learned from Saturday's contest.

 

Steven Cook was live in the press box at Neyland Stadium for the Vols' win.

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