Despite quick pick, Bray era may be beginning at Tennessee

COLUMBIA, S.C. - So Saturday afternoon's third quarter began between Tennessee and South Carolina, and Volunteers quarterback Matt Simms took exactly 51 seconds to give the ball back to the Gamecocks when he fumbled while being sacked for the third time.

Handed this early Halloween treat, South Carolina turned a 10-10 halftime tie into a 17-10 advantage in less than two minutes, which prompted UT coach Derek Dooley to bench the junior Simms in favor of true freshman Tyler Bray.

Trouble is, Bray threw the Vols in a 24-10 hole two plays later when he tossed an interception to Gamecocks defensive end Devin Taylor, who returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.

An hour later Dooley sat in a cramped, windowless interview room beneath Williams-Brice Stadium and said of that six-point interception: "Tyler had never seen that [defensive stunt] before.