KNOXVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- There's an  old saying when it comes to a defense against a very good offense. Bend, but don't break.

The Vols sure did their fare share of bending on Saturday at South Carolina, bending to the tune of 625 yards, but they didn't break.

Senior linebacker A.J. Johnson said, "we got a lot of mental toughness on defense, none of the guys in that locker room are going to give up. We're never gonna quit, we'll play to the last whistle every game."

After giving up two lengthy touchdowns in the fourth quarter, an 85-yard pass and a 70-yard run, things looked bleak.

Tennessee's offense found a way to overcome that 14-point fourth quarter deficit and then the defense turned it up.

They first forced a 3-and-out to help push the game to overtime and then came up with two huge sacks in overtime to help set up the win.

Head coach Butch Jones said, "we went to overtime, they were like run the ball at me coach, let them run the ball at me. There was just a little different push in overtime. That's what great players do, they step up in critical moments. We always talk about impacting the game and they impacted the game."