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South Carolina Wins Turnover Battle; Tennessee Ends Season With Victory

postgame-links-150x1501South Carolina 31 – Clemson 17. Video Highlights

1. South Carolina force six Clemson turnovers as Gamecocks win fifth straight in this rivalry.

2. Quarterback Connor Shaw finishes career with perfect record at home.  Steve Spurrier: “Connor Shaw, oh man, the best quarterback in school history.”

3. South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton will enter NFL draft (so too will Florida corner Loucheiz Purifoy).

4. 10-2 Gamecocks won’t get a shot at SEC Championship Game but may have a shot at the Sugar Bowl.

Tennessee 27 – Kentucky 14. Video Highlights

5. Running back Rajion Neal sets the tone early with 60-yard touchdown run, crosses 1,000 yard-mark for the season.

6. Tennessee senior defensive end Corey Miller sets school record with 4.5 sacks.

7. Butch Jones on his 5-7 Vols: “We’re two instant replays away from a seven-win season,”

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SEC Gameday Links: Saturday Night Lights 11/30/2013

gameday-links-150x150Clemson at South Carolina

1. Gamecocks have dominated this series in recent years - look to make it five in a row tonight.

2. “Perhaps the most lopsided mismatch on the field will be South Carolina’s defensive line against Clemson’s offensive line. “

Tennessee at Kentucky

3. Winners of this rivary game used to celebrate with a wooden beer barrel.  But that all ended in 1998.

4. Tennessee running back Rajion Neal just 10 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark.

5. With neither team in a position to go to a bowl game, both programs look at this game as a springboard to next season.

Texas A&M at Missouri

6. Prediction: “The goalposts come down at Faurot.”

7. Of Missouri’s 19 seniors, seven of them came to Columbia as two-star recruits or walk-ons.

8. Texas A&M has never lost back-to-back games under coach Kevin Sumlin.

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Shaw Injured But Carolina Rallies, Vols Hold On For Victory

postgame-linksSouth Carolina 28 – UCF 25. Video Highlights

1. Three second-half touchdowns for running back Mike Davis as the Gamecocks rally from a 10-0- halftime deficit.

2. Quarterback Connor Shaw goes down with a bruised shoulder – won’t be available for Kentucky game next week.

3. Jadeveon Clowney: “We aren’t the same team as we were last year.”

Tennessee 31 – South Alabama 24. Video Highlights

4. With a 24-point second-half lead, Tennessee gets an end zone interception with less than two minutes to go in the game to hang on to the victory.

5. Coach Butch Jones: ”I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game like that.”

6. 169 yards on 25 carries for running back Rajion Neal.

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Tennessee RB Lane: “I Live My Life Like It’s Fourth-And-Inches

gfx - they said itTennessee running back Marlin Lane is back on the Volunteer football squad after a suspension for violating team rules.  The Vols’ #2 rusher a year ago, Lane is trying to make up for lost time in fall camp:


“I live my life like it’s fourth-and-inches every day.  It can be taken from me at any second.  I just go out there and give it my all…

(The suspension) was very difficult.  The whole team became a family.  Being separate from them is being without my family.  I just learned to appreciate what I’ve got…

(The coaches) just told me, ‘What you give is what you get, hold your head up high matter what goes on.’”


Tennessee finished eighth in the SEC in rushing last season.  With a first-year starter (who hasn’t yet been named) at quarterback and with one of the SEC’s best offensive lines, UT will need for Lane and fellow back Rajion Neal to improve on last year’s numbers.

The Volunteers’ 4.66 yards-per-carry average a year ago suggests that they can.  But Tennessee was a pass-first team last season.  Some of the success they did have on the ground can be attributed to change o’ pace calls that caught the defense off guard.  If they can average 4.66 yards per carry or better this season — with defenses likely daring the Vols to throw — Lane, Neal and the O-line will have done some very good work.

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Wow Evening Headlines 10/30/2012

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal is not 100% but may play Saturday against Troy
Auburn freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace will get the start this weekend against New Mexico State
Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson is in a Louisiana jail after a judge revoked his bond in a 2011 simple battery case
With injuries and attrition, Ole Miss is down to 64 scholarship players
Missouri QB James Franklin is expected to be close to 100% versus Florida this weekend
The NCAA passed a package of sweeping changes Tuesday intended to crack down hard on rule-breaking schools and coaches
Auburn basketball player Chris Denson declared academically ineligible for the fall semester
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UT’s Lathers Probable, Neal Now Just A Co-Starter, And Dooley Teaches A New Word

Love him or hate him, it must be said that Derek Dooley gives good press conferences.

From his “Germans at Normandy” speech to his “watering bamboo” analogy, Tennessee’s coach always manages to come up with something entertaining or unique.

Today, he revealed a couple of actual news items before using a word that yours truly had never heard before.

First, Vol linebacker Herman Lathers — who left Friday’s win over NC State with a shoulder injury and had an MRI over the weekend — is considered “probable” for UT’s game with Georgia State this weekend.  Dooley said, however, that he would only play if he’s healthy enough to practice this week.

Second, Rajion Neal is no longer the stand-alone starter at running back for the Volunteers.  A three-headed monster now sits atop the list with Neal, Marlin Lane and Devrin Young all listed as co-starters.

Ah, but while speaking of Lane, Dooley said: “Marlin struggled a bit (in fall camp) and it could have been easy for Marlin to get the mulligrubs.  That’s how it is in sports.  You just keep sawing wood.”

Okay, I’ve heard the sawing wood cliche numerous times, but mulligrubs?  I can honestly say in 41 years I’d never heard of the mulligrubs.  So I looked it up.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, mulligrubs can mean either a) a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood or b) a griping of the intestines.

Here’s guessing Dooley was going with meaning a.

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