With one second left against South Carolina, a pass from Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano intended for Brandon Johnson on a rollout play from the two yard line fell incomplete as the Gamecocks held on for a 15-9 victory.

On Monday, Johnson explained his perspective on the play.

“It was a tough pass, but I want that one back,” Johnson told reporters. “It was one I know I can make. I just hope I get an opportunity to make a play like that.”

Johnson is Tennessee’s leading receiver on the season, and was in the South Carolina game, with three catches for 54 yards. He has 21 catches for 259 yards and one touchdown for the season.

“Honestly, as I said before, it just comes down to execution,” he said. “We trust everything our coaches put in. We trust it with all our heart, really it just comes down to execution. We’re working hard at it every week, day in and day out to try to get wins.”

Johnson called Guarantano a competitor, and that the quarterback wanted to win, especially in his first start.

“I kind of like that coming from my quarterback, he doesn’t want to lose and he’s doing everything he can to win the game,” Johnson said. “His first start, you know he wanted it bad.”