This was another banged-up unit that was playing without Jashon Robertson for the entire game and without Dylan Wiesman for a portion of it. Even with that factored in, it was a bit surprising to see a group that helped UT to the second-ranked rushing attack in the SEC leading into the game struggle against the SEC’s worst rushing defense. The Vols zipped down the field twice in the first quarter, but then mostly stalled after that except for a few other spurts over the last three quarters. The Vols had just 17 rushing yards in the second half. It looked like SC mixed up its defensive fronts, moved around and confused the offensive line a bit. That’s a concern going forward for a team that has relied on its ability to move the ball via the ground against virtually everybody the Vols have played this year.
Average Grade: B-