(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Michael Palardy drilled a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lead Tennessee to a stunning 23-21 victory over No. 11 South Carolina on Saturday.
South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. Quarterback Connor Shaw left the game with five minutes remaining after he was sacked by two Tennessee defenders.
Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) was able to get into field-goal range after freshman Marquez North made a spectacular 39-yard grab on the final drive. The rest was history for Palardy and the Volunteers.
“It meant everything, to be honest with you,” Palardy said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Mike Davis led the Gamecocks with 137 rushing yards and a touchdown. He helped his team rally from a 17-7 deficit before losing on the final play of the game. Jadeveon Clowney tied a career-high with seven tackles on defense.
“They came out, played fast, did the things we expect them to do,” Davis said. “We just didn’t execute.”
The win snapped a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents for the Volunteers.
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Jill Martin, CNN