As Butch Jones so eloquently put it on Monday, Tennessee would have beaten South Carolina if not for the fact they didn’t score enough touchdowns.
Butch: We did everything to win the South Carolina game except score touchdowns.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) October 16, 2017
The Vols lost on Saturday by a score of 15-9 as quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was throwing into the end zone in an attempt to extract a win from the jaws of defeat. Tennessee was not able to complete a pass, but if Guarantano had been able to get the Vols into the end zone, this week would’ve had an entirely different tone in Knoxville, Columbia and, possibly, across the entire SEC.
As you’ll see below, Tennessee reached the South Carolina 2-yard line with four seconds left on the clock. ESPN color analyst Tommy Tuberville said it would be the last play of the game before the snap. In the picture-perfect definition of a bang-bang play, Guarantano accepts the shotgun snap, turns and fires a fastball to his left, which was batted down by Gamecock defensive lineman Taylor Stallworth to, presumably, clinch a South Carolina win.
Except the clock stopped at one second. Said Tuberville, immediately, “We’ve got a home field timekeeper here.”
The timing ultimately became a moot point when Guarantano’s final final pass fell incomplete but, still, Will Muschamp on Sunday asked the SEC to review the timing procedure to see how Tennessee could snap the ball twice in four seconds, according to The State.
For what it’s worth, I timed the play myself three times and came up with around 2.8 seconds each time. I’m sure the SEC will have a much more official means to review the play than my iPhone, though.