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What USC QB Jake Bentley did following Saturday's win has people talking

15 October 2017

"He's mostly a one-read guy", SC head coach Will Muschamp said.

There wasn't a whole lot of offense in Saturday's South Carolina-Tennessee game, with the teams combining for six field goals.

"I just said, 'It's one game, ' " Bentley said. "We talk about (how) we love that pressure". It was all South Carolina's defense needed.

SC outgained Tennessee on the ground, 194 to 120.

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Tennessee's first two drives went 126 yards on 21 plays and would have been a problem had the Gamecocks defense not stood tall in the red zone. Ty'Son Williams got in on the action on several one-cut runs that allowed him to get to the second level. "They hurt, but I think they showed their character, and we'll continue to show our character". South Carolina's offense meanwhile averaged 2.2. yards a play in the opening frame and 4.16 in the first half.

Guarantano, making his first career start, threw a 39-yard pass to Brandon Johnson and three completions to Marquez Callaway that got Tennessee to the SC 5. The game ended when Guarantano couldn't connect with Johnson in the right corner of the end zone. "He's a self-starter. There's not enough positive things I can really say about him". That was about it. After the first half, the one-dimensional Vols (38 rushes for 122 yards, 19 throws for 133 yards) got basically nothing going.

"Did we think about handing the ball to John Kelly?"

"That's what we live for", senior linebacker Skai Moore said. Cimaglia normally shares Tennessee's kicking duties with Aaron Medley, but an illness prevented Medley from playing Saturday.

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The try came after A.J. Turner scored on a 20-yard TD run to cap 95-yard TD drive with 1:02 left in the third quarter.

Tennessee: The Vols' offense remains a mess. Tennessee had four shots to score from the Gamecocks 2-yard line.

In a respectful display of sportsmanship, SC quarterback Jake Bentley found Guarantano, who remained sitting on the field after the loss.

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What USC QB Jake Bentley did following Saturday's win has people talking