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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers: Game Balls

Who were the top performers from the Gamecocks’ upset win on Saturday night?

NCAA Football: Tennessee at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

No tricks, just treats for these Gamecocks on Saturday night with their 24-21 win over the No. 18-ranked Volunteers.

For the first time since 2009, an unranked South Carolina squad upset a ranked opponent - thanks in large part to a number of standout performances.

Game Balls

QB Jake Bentley

Ho-hum. All the Gamecocks’ quarterback did was go 15-20 for 167 yards, 2 TD and, most importantly, zero turnovers.

On the year, Bentley is completely just under 70% of his passes, for a total of 368 yards and a 4-0 TD-to-INT ratio.

The freshman continues to showcase the arm, elusiveness and overall awareness that made him a highly-touted prospect. His solid play on Saturday night earned him new admirers all over the country.

CB Jamarcus King

The Gamecocks’ junior cornerback was spectacular on Saturday night. King helped limit the QB Joshua Dobbs to just 12-26 and 2 INT.

The best part of those interceptions? They all came courtesy of the new No. 7 on defense.

King has given the Gamecocks’ secondary a much-needed boost - a unit that will continue to be counted on with road games against Florida and Clemson looming.

WR Deebo Samuel

His second game back in the lineup after a lengthy bout with a bum hamstring, Samuel again lead the Gamecocks in receiving with eight catches for 83 yards.

The highlight being this insane one-handed grab, while also drawing a pass interference penalty...

In the last two weeks, the Inman, S.C. native has caught 16 balls for 189 yards, along with 3 carries for 37 yards.

RB Rico Dowdle

Dowdle was a monster on Saturday night - showing off his speed, vision and power.

The Gamecocks’ other freshman in the backfield carried the ball a workhorse-like 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. Dowdle averaged 4.7 ypc against a stout Tennessee defense.

In his last two games, the freshman running back has 43 carries for 214 yards and 2 TD - averaging just under 5.0 ypc.

DT Ulric Jones

Big Ulric Jones played a huge role in the Gamecocks keeping the Vols’ vaunted rushing attack in check.

It’s rare that a defensive tackle leads a team in tackles, but Jones did just that on Saturday night, clogging up the interior of the line and notching 6 total tackles.

Other Standouts

  • DL Dante Sawyer: 2 tackles (1 solo), 2 QB Hurries
  • WR Bryan Edwards: 4 catches, 41 yards, 1 TD
  • LB Jonathan Walton: 4 tackles (2 solo), 1.0 Sack, 2.0 TFL
  • TE K.C. Crosby: 1 catch, 35 yards, 1 TD, 1 JuJu on that beat