After a little more than three quarters, this game suddenly caught fire.
A 91-yard kickoff return touchdown from Mike Goodson pushed Carolina to a 12-7 lead. That came seconds after a Kerry Collins TD pass that briefly gave Tennessee a 7-6 lead.
Carolina went for two points after Goodson's TD -- in which he seemed to be stopped at around his own 30, only to burst around the left sideline. But on a running play, Josh Vaughan was stopped about a half-yard short.
Goodson was apparently cramping on the sideline after the play and in obvious pain, laying down on his stomach as a trainer worked on him.
Tennessee's TD came courtesy of Tennessee's suddenly potent pass offense, which ran off a five-play, 83-yard drive behind former Carolina quarterback Kerry Collins.
On the TD play, Collins hit former South Carolina Gamecock tight end Jared Cook for a 35-yard touchdown. Also in the drive, he hit a 37-yarder (and took a sack from Greg Hardy as well).
There was an obvious difference in the defensive performance in that series -- the first-team defense is finally out for Carolina.
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