Game 8Tennessee Volunteers (6-1) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2)Oct. 30 – Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) – 12:30 p.m. ET – JP Sports
The Volunteers and Gamecocks meet for the 23rd time in the history of the series Saturday. Tennessee leads the all-time series 18-2-2, including a 6-2-2 advantage in games played in Columbia.Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer notched his 100th career coaching victory the last time Tennessee played at Williams-Brice Stadium (an 18-10 win on Nov. 2, 2002). Fulmer is 11-0 all-time vs. South Carolina.
Each of the last four games in the series has been decided by eight points or less. The Gamecocks took the Vols to overtime in Neyland Stadium last season, with UT pulling out a 23-20 win.
South Carolina’s last win against the Vols came in 1992, when it upset No. 16-ranked Tennessee by a score of 24-23 in Columbia on Halloween. The only other win USC has posted over the Vols was a 24-0 shutout in 1903.Tennessee is 5-1 (.833) all-time against current Gamecocks head coach Lou Holtz. The Vols split two games with the coach during his tenure at Notre Dame, losing 34-29 at Knoxville in 1990, but winning 35-34 at South Bend in 1991.
VOLS’ ROSTER INCLUDES SIX FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
The Volunteers’ 2004 roster includes six players from the state of South Carolina. Tennessee’s South Carolinian contingent consists of junior Richie Gandy (Darlington), sophomore Tony McDaniel (Columbia) and freshmen Robert Ayers (Clio), Sinclair Cannon (Greer), Jonathan Hefney (Rock Hill) and Eric Young (Union).Also, UT assistant head coach and defensive coordinator John Chavis hails from Dillon, S.C.
McBRIDE’S EFFORT EARNS HIM SEC HONORS
Sophomore defensive tackle Turk McBride was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following his seven-tackle performance vs. Alabama. The Camden, N.J., native posted two TFLs, including one sack for a 6-yard loss. He also forced a fumble on Alabama’s second play from scrimmage, which was returned 18 yards for a Tennessee touchdown.
For the season, McBride has made 26 tackles (15 solo), five TFLs, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries. At 6-4, 260, McBride began the season as a defensive end but has recently made a smooth transition to the defensive tackle spot. He has seven defensive “big plays” to his credit this season.
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