South Carolina successfully navigated nonconference foe Wofford on Saturday afternoon to set up a battle with in-state rival Clemson. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2) play this season did over the weekend.
The performance by Tyler Bray and the Tennessee Volunteers led to head coach Derek Dooley's firing on Sunday after a 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt
Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 7-4, 5-3
Up next: at Wake Forest
Tennessee notched its only SEC victory of the 2011 season against Vanderbilt and gloated about it in the locker room. Looking to find its first conference win this year, the Vols came up short in a 41-18 loss to the Commodores in Nashville, Tenn. It was a cakewalk from start to finish for the home team, which sent the orange-clad fans to the exits midway through the third quarter. Tennessee quarterbacks Tyler Bray and Justin Worley combined to throw three interceptions while Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers and wide receiver Wesley Tate combined for three touchdown passes in the lopsided victory. Running back Zac Stacy, making his final start at home, had nearly 200 yards of total offense and a touchdown.
Carolina 48 - ECU 10: September 8; Columbia
Up next: vs. Marshall
East Carolina solidified its spot in a bowl game with a 28-23 victory over Tulane in New Orleans, La. on Saturday. Quarterback Shane Cardin completed 19-of-33 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, which included one with 4:29 remaining to put the game out of reach. The Pirates are now tied atop the Conference USA East Division with a 6-1 conference mark and one game remaining on the schedule.
Carolina 49 - UAB 6: September 15, 2012
Up next: at Central Florida
Joker Phillips will coach his final game for Kentucky this Saturday as he tries to avoid going winless in the Southeastern Conferece
An ugly season is coming to an ugly end for UAB as Memphis, a team with only two wins on the season, stung the Blazers 46-9 on Saturday afternoon. UAB couldn’t do anything right the entire game allowing three rushing touchdowns and three passing scores. The Blazers finish their season next week on the road against Central Florida.
Carolina 31 - Missouri 10: September 22
Record: 5-6, 2-5
Up next: at Texas A&M
Missouri likely lost its chance to gain bowl eligibility in its first season of SEC play with a 31-27 out-of-conference loss to Syracuse at home. The Tigers gave up three touchdowns in the final quarter of the game, including a 17-yard pass to Alec Lemon with 20 seconds left, to notch a comeback victory. Missouri allowed 508 yards of total offense. The Tigers have been bowl eligible for seven straight seasons but now need a victory over top 10-ranked Texas A&M on the road to extend that streak with the loss to the Orangemen, a middle-of-the-pack Big East team.
Carolina 38 - Kentucky 17: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Record: 2-9, 0-7
Up next: at Tennessee
Kentucky snapped its eight-game losing streak with a 34-3 victory over Samford at home on Saturday afternoon. Running back Raymond Sanders rushed for a career high 123 yards and a score to cap Senior Day for the Wildcats. The only thing left for Kentucky to accomplish this season is avoiding a winless SEC season. Either the Wildcats or Volunteers will go winless in the conference as the two 0-7 teams meet this Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
Carolina 35 - Georgia 7: October 6; Columbia
Record: 9-1, 7-1
Up next: vs. Georgia Tech
Much like South Carolina, there were problems with an option team for Georgia on Saturday but the Bulldogs got things going out of the halftime locker room en route to a 45-14 victory over Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs were clinging to a 10-7 lead late in the first half but quarterback Aaron Murray found his favorite target, Malcolm Mitchell, for a 24-yard touchdown with four seconds remaining. Georgia went on to score three touchdowns in the third quarter to roll to an easy victory in Athens, Ga. Murray continues his dark horse Heisman campaign completing 18-of-28 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
LSU 23 - Carolina 21: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Record: 9-2, 5-2
Up next: at Arkansas (Friday)
LSU kept its BCS hopes alive with a 41-35 comeback victory over Ole Miss on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. In a nip-and-tuck affair, the Rebels had a lead for most of the game but the Tigers scored the final two touchdowns of the game - one on an 89 yard punt return and a one-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds to come away with the victory. On Senior Day in Baton Rouge, La., head coach Les Miles delivered a passionate speech about the heart his seniors have played with for four years and implored females to “give them a big kiss on the mouth.” Jeremy Hill, who scored the game-winning touchdown, had three scores on the day.
Florida 44 - Carolina 11; Gainesville, Fla.
Record: 10-1, 7-1
Up next: at Florida State
Florida coasted to an easy 23-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at The Swamp to set up a showdown between a pair of 10-win in-state teams next week. With Florida State looming next week, the Gators used an interception return for a touchdown by Jon Bostic in the third quarter to put the game on ice. Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel did not play due to injury but running back Mike Gillislee rushed 20 times for 122 yards and a score.
Carolina 38 - Tennessee 35; Columbia
Record: 4-7, 0-7
Up next: vs. Kentucky
Less than 24 hours after a 41-18 thumping at the hands of in-state foe Vanderbilt, head coach Derek Dooley was fired. It was once an unthinkable proposition for the Commodores to be able to knock off the Vols in such a manner but Vandy head coach James Franklin is turning the rivalry around. Vanderbilt is now a legitimate player, but Tennessee will have new leadership next year. The Vols were 2-for-15 on third down conversions and were outscored 28-0 in the second half before a late consolation touchdown. With the loss, the Vols will look to end their season with its first SEC victory against Kentucky next week. Dooley has been eliminated and Tennessee has officially been eliminated from bowl contention.
Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Record: 4-7, 2-5
Up next: vs. LSU (Friday)
Arkansas head coach John L. Smith officially has one game left after his team was eliminated from bowl consideration with a 45-14 loss at the hands of Mississippi State. The Razorbacks turned the football over five times and allowed 505 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was 23-of-29 for 225 yards and two touchdowns but he also threw two interceptions as he has one more game left in his college career.
Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
Up next: FCS playoffs
Wofford was able to hang tough for three quarters but South Carolina scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a 24-7 victory over the Southern Conference champs on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kenny Miles rushed for a career high 127 yards on 27 carries with a score to pace the Gamecocks, which, too, kept its slim BCS hopes alive. The Terriers now wait on the brackets to be released for the FCS playoffs.
Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Up next: vs. South Carolina
Defense was optional at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night for Clemson’s 62-48 victory over North Carolina State. The win sets up a top 10 showdown between the Tigers and in-state rival South Carolina on Saturday at 7 p.m. Quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted four eight touchdowns - five passing and three rushing - and 531 yards of total offense, which was good for a school record. Running back Andre Ellington rushed 22 times for 124 yards as the Tigers amassed 754 yards of total offense. The Wolfpack weren’t too far behind gaining 597 yards of offense.