NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman quarterback Greg Zolman, starting his first collegiate game, overcame four turnovers Saturday and led the Vanderbilt to a 17-14 Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina.
The victory snapped a 22-game SEC losing streak for Vanderbilt (1-6, 1-4 SEC) dating back to 1995, and an 11-game overall losing streak, third longest in the nation.
The game was marred by seven turnovers -- four by Vanderbilt, and three by South Carolina, (1-7, 0-6). The Gamecocks missed three field goals.
Zolman, playing before 29,271 fans at Vanderbilt's Homecoming weekend, passed for 279 yards, the most for a Vanderbilt quarterback since 1989. He was intercepted once and rushed for a touchdown.
With the Commodores trailing 14-10 with 10:51 left in the game, Zolman orchestrated an 80-yard drive, highlighted by a 41-yard pass up the middle to Elliot Carson that put the ball on the South Carolina 2.
Two plays later, Jared McGrath's 1-yard dive over the top put Vanderbilt ahead 17-14 with 8:20 left, and the Commodores held on for the victory.
On its first possession of the second half, South Carolina took the ball on its 40 and capped a 60-yard drive with quarterback Anthony Wright's 27-yard pass to a wide open Zola Davis to give the Gamecocks a 14-7 lead at 10:34 in the third quarter.
Vanderbilt answered on its next possession. Starting on their 8, the Commodores pushed their way downfield, keyed by Zolman's 50-yard pass to Anthony Jones that put the ball on the South Carolina 16. Vanderbilt's drive sputtered on the Gamecocks 2, and the Commodores settled for an 18-yard field goal from John Markham, to close to 14-10 at 5:35 in the third quarter.