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Tennessee vs. South Carolina: The good, the bad and the ugly

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South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9 — Oct. 14, 2017

John Kelly had South Carolina seeing stars! 😂

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The Good: John Kelly’s wicked stiff-arm on a 24-yard run in the first quarter (video above). South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley’s post-game moment with Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (video below). Tennessee’s first half defense, which limited South Carolina to 104 yards of offense and 0-of-5 on third down tries. The performance of Brent Cimaglia, who was perfect on kickoffs and three-for-three on field goal tries. Extra props to Cimaglia for going after South Carolina defensive lineman DJ Wonnum like an angry chihuahua.

The Bad: Tennessee’s offensive line play, as the Vols gave up seven sacks and failed to open running lanes for Vols’ rushers in the second half. Tennessee’s second half defense, which struggled to get off the field after an excellent first half effort, giving up a 95-yard touchdown drive and a 72-yard field goal drive that chewed more than nine minutes off the clock.

The Ugly: Tennessee’s red zone offense, which was forced to settle for three field goals on four trips to the red zone, despite being at the six-yard-line or closer to the goal line on three different trips inside the red zone. Butch Jones’ decision to question the execution of Jarrett Guarantano on the game’s final play, in response to a question about why the Vols chose not to hand the ball off to John Kelly. Throwing your freshman quarterback under the bus in response to a question about play-calling? Yikes.

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