- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier has two full weeks to get over South Carolina’s latest meltdown. He’s not sure that’s long enough.

“I have a tough time getting used to these kind of things,” he said.

Most coaches would after watching their team squander a 42-28 lead with less than five minutes left before falling in overtime to Tennessee, 45-42, on Saturday night.

It was the most dramatic collapse in a season full of them and underscored a year where South Carolina (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) entered as SEC Eastern Division favorites and are now struggling to qualify for a bowl.

So Tennessee goes along side earlier fourth-quarter breakdowns this season against Missouri, when the Gamecocks squandered a 13-point lead to lose 21-20, and Kentucky, when they gave up a 38-24 lead by surrendering three Wildcat touchdowns in the final period to fall 45-38.

“We can score a few points, but we find a way to lose,” said Spurrier, whose team is off next week before finishing SEC play at his old stomping grounds against Florida at The Swamp.

Joshua Dobbs threw a 9-yard pass to Jason Croom with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 42 before Aaron Medley’s 32-yard field goal in overtime lifted Tennessee to its first Southeastern Conference win this season.

The Vols (4-5, 1-4 SEC) trailed 42-28 with 4:52 remaining after Brandon Wilds’ 70-yard scoring run. But the Gamecocks struggling defense came up short again.

Dobbs’ 3-yard TD run drew the Vols within a score with 1:50 left before his tying touchdown pass a series later.

South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson was sacked twice in overtime and the Gamecocks (4-5, 2-5) badly missed a desperation, 58-yard field goal.

Dobbs threw for two touchdowns and ran for three others.

Dobbs, making his first start this season, ran for 166 yards and touchdowns of 7, 36 and 3 yards. He was 23 of 40 for 301 yards, an interception and TD passes of 21 yards to Jalen Hurd and the tying score to Croom.

Dobbs set the school mark for single-game rushing by a quarterback, breaking the record of 106 yards by the late Jimmy Streater in 1979.

Hurd ran for 125 yards, giving Tennessee two rushers over the century mark for the first time in five years.

The Vols finished with 645 yards of offense to break their 0-for-SEC futility this fall.

Tennessee rushed to their fan section in a chilly, Williams-Brice Stadium to celebrate as the Gamecocks filed off.

Steve Spurrier spent less than a minute in front of reporters and did not take questions before walking out. “This is a tough one, hard to get over,” he said.

The victory spoiled the record-setting show put on by South Carolina sophomore receiver Pharoh Cooper, who caught two touchdowns and ran and passed for two others. He had 11 catches for 233 yards receiving, breaking the Gamecocks mark of 210 held by NFL first-rounder Troy Williamson in 2004.

It’s the second time in 2014 the Gamecocks had a player throw, run and catch a touchdown - former quarterback Connor Shaw accomplished the feat in the 34-24 win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl last New Year’s Day.

It’s also the second straight week the Vols gave up a school receiving mark to a Cooper - Alabama’s Amari had 224 yards receiving last week to set the Crimson Tide single-game record.

Tennessee and South Carolina both came into this one hoping to end disappointing streaks and creep closer to bowl eligibility, but while the Vols left with hope, the Gamecocks aren’t sure if they can salvage their season.

“It hurts,” Thompson said.

The Vols, 13th in the SEC with 104.9 yards a game, had 157 yards on the ground by halftime.

South Carolina heads to a week off with more questions than answers while Tennessee won its second straight over the Gamecocks.

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