COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Quarterback Casey Clausen ran for a late touchdown and Cedric Houston rushed for 108 yards as Tennessee defeated South Carolina, 18-10, in the Southeastern Conference.
Tennessee receiver Kelley Washington continues to be sidelined due to a concussion but Houston helped pick up the slack. Houston had 51 yards on the ground on a 17-play, 90-yard drive that resulted in a five-yard TD run by Clausen midway through the fourth quarter.
Thez Robinson's two-yard touchdown run pulled South Carolina (5-4, 3-3 SEC East) within 12-10 before Tennessee held the ball for more than 8 1/2 minutes on its 90-yard march. The Volunteers faced a 4th-and-1 from the Gamecocks' five-yard line and sent kicker Alex Walls out to try to push the lead to five points.
Tennessee (5-3, 2-3) called a timeout and eschewed the field goal and Clausen went right up the middle for an eight-point cushion. Walls missed the extra point.
Volunteers coach Philip Fulmer notched his 100th career victory in his third try after losing last week to Alabama and on October 12 at Georgia.
The Gamecocks, who had just 14 yards passing in the first half, were stifled for most of the game. Corey Jenkins completed just 5-of-13 passes for 45 yards and South Caroline had just 229 yards of total offense.
Clausen played with a sprained left ankle but was an efficient 17-of-23 for 175 yards, including a two-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Feyton. Jabari Davis rushed for 86 yards on 10 carries and Houston carried 30 times as Tennessee mostly kept the ball on the ground.
Tennessee has won 10 straight meetings with South Carolina and faces top-ranked Miami next week in Knoxville.