South Carolina shocked the college football world on Saturday night, dismantling Tennessee with a 63-38 score at Williams-Brice Stadium. Not surprisingly, none of the analysts at ESPN College GameDay or SEC Nation let the Gamecocks (7-4, 4-4) win against the fifth-place Volunteers (9-2, 5-2).
The Gamecocks were the main story of Saturday night’s SEC soccer finals, and host Dari Nowkhah said so Shane Beamerwho leads the Gamecocks in his second season, is the first FBS coach since 1978 to win two games by at least 20 points when he was an underdog by at least 20 points. The first came against Florida last season when South Carolina opened with 18.5 points underdogs, but the line grew to 20.5 points only for the Gamecocks to win 40-17.
South Carolina responded to being a 22.5-point underdog Saturday night by scoring 63 points, allowing the most for a Tennessee opponent going back at least 1936.
Here’s what the analyst trio had to say about the Gamecocks on the show:
Former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson: “I don’t know. I have no idea. We’ve waited a long time for this offense. To be honest, the offensive has been miserable in recent weeks. Markus Satterfield put together a massive game plan, but it wasn’t just the game plan. A few weeks ago, Rattler said in a post-game press conference: “I don’t know what we did, we were confused.” Well they were on point tonight. Five touchdown drives in the first five possessions. They had nine total touchdown drives and eight of eight in the red zone.
“There was creativity. they had Dakereon Joyner throwing passes, hitting Jaheim bell from the back room. They threw key passes Josh Van. It was an aggressive attacking style that I think people have been waiting for Spencer Rattler, a quarterback who was highly acclaimed and very accomplished. He was able to make crucial decisions tonight and get the ball across the field to his playmakers. They played physically and offensively beat up Tennessee.”
Former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering: “I thought Satterfield did a great job with the game design and play-calling. It was explosive. I found it explosive. They outperformed Tennessee today in deep throwing and fast-hitting offense. The numbers that Spencer Rattler Set it up today, almost 450 yards of passing, six touchdowns, all of that was great, but it struck me, I made that game in Georgia State and I’ve been talking about it from that point on Spencer Rattler restricted due to the offensive line. That offensive line, which had dropped the fourth-most sacks in the conference so far, 23 of them, giving up just one and just two quarterback hats. they allowed Spencer Rattler to find the time to get these guys out on the field and use all the weapons that have been built around him offensively.”
Former Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes: “The Tennessee defense was very disappointing, to say the least. Resigned over 600 yards; the first five drives of the games, five touchdowns. That’s not how you win in the SEC, certainly not on the street. That’s what I saw looking at them on the field, the first five games of the game, Spencer Rattler wasn’t even in his typical position. A couple of games he was off the field and targeted elsewhere and they had Dakereon Joyner play quarterbacks. As a defensive player, I was looking at Tennessee, and it was almost like I was looking at the offensive formation and I was like, ‘Damn, coach, we hadn’t seen that. What should we do?’ and they moved lethargically. This was evident not only in the first half but also in the second half. That’s the real reason this team has fallen so far behind.”