Tennessee vs. South Carolina in numbers: Vols in pursuit of points

No. 5 Tennessee (9-1, 5-1) in South Carolina (6-4, 3-4)

6 p.m. CST Saturday (ESPN)

Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina

1 The nation’s team has lost more sales than South Carolina. The Gamecocks have 23 turnovers in 2022 – 11 fumbles and 12 interceptions. The only team with more is Rice at 25. Tennessee leads the SEC in turnover at plus-9. The Volunteers have the most takeaways in the SEC this season with Florida at 19.

2 Back-to-back regular-season away games for Tennessee, a feat the Volunteers had not seen since 1937. After Tennessee played South Carolina on Saturday, Tennessee visited Vanderbilt on November 26th. In 1937, the Vols won 13–0 in Kentucky on November 25 and defeated Ole Miss 32–0 on December 4 in Memphis to end the season.

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5 Back-to-back games between South Carolina and Tennessee at Columbia have had a margin of four points or fewer.

5 Tennessee Games in 2022 have scored at least 50 points for the volunteers. Last week’s 66-24 win over Missouri made Tennessee the 10th SEC team to have five 50-point games in a season. The league record for 50-point games in a season is eight set by Alabama in 2018.

10 Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt’s receptions have gained at least 40 yards this season. No SEC team has played more 40-yard passes this season than Hyatt, and South Carolina also has 10 overall. Tennessee has completed 22 passes that gained at least 40 yards — five more than any other team in the nation. South Carolina has conceded four completions that gained at least 40 yards in 2022.

16 Wins without a loss for Tennessee under coach Josh Heupel if the Volunteers lead at halftime and 10 wins without a loss for South Carolina under coach Shane Beamer if the Gamecocks lead at halftime. Tennessee is 0-7 under Heupel when they were not in the lead at halftime. South Carolina has a 3-10 record under Beamer when they were not ahead at halftime.

21 years since Tennessee had a 10-1 record, a mark the Volunteers would own for the first time since 2001 if they defeated South Carolina on Saturday. In 2001, Tennessee defeated Florida 34-32 and was 10-1.

28 Wins for Tennessee, 10 wins for South Carolina, and two ties in the Volunteers Gamecocks series. Tennessee leads the series 21-9 in SEC games and has a 10-7-2 record at Columbia.

38 Points are required by Tennessee to set a school record for a season. The volunteers lead the nation with 474 points, the third most in a season in school history. Last season, Tennessee had 511 points, and the Vols had 484 points in 1993.

51 Solo tackles were recorded by South Carolina S Nick Emmanwori, who was the SEC most this season. With a total of 66 tackles, Emmanwori has the most among the newcomers to the conference.

181.8 Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker’s passing efficiency rating this season is the second best in the nation behind Ohio State QB CJ Stroud’s 188.2. Hooker has completed 204 of 287 passes for 2,888 yards with 24 TDs and two interceptions in 2022.

278 Tennessee scored points in the first half this season, just eight points shy of South Carolina for the entire 2022 season. Five SEC teams have fewer points for the season than Tennessee for their first-half performance in 2022.

544 The Tennessee offense has gained yards per game this season, the highest average in the nation. South Carolina’s defense has averaged 386 yards per game in 2022, which ranks 10th in the SEC.

1.116 Receiving yards for WR Jalin Hyatt in 2022, the 10th 1,000-yard receiving season in Tennessee history. The Volunteers’ 1,000-yard receivers were Joey Kent in 1995 and 1996, Marcus Nash in 1997, Kelley Washington in 2001, Robert Meachem in 2006 (with a school record 1,298 yards), Lucas Taylor in 2007, Da’Rick Rogers in 2011, and Justin Hunter in 2012 Cedric Tillman 2021. Hyatt also leads the SEC with 58 receptions and leads the nation with a school record 15 TD receptions.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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