South Carolina vs. Kentucky: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
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South Carolina 38 Kentucky 17 - FINAL
The sixth-ranked Gamecocks came into their game against Kentucky as 21 point favorites, but after one half of play, they were the ones trailing by ten points to the Wildcats.
Even starting quarterback Maxwell Smith going down in the first series did not hinder Kentucky as the Wildcats put together some lengthy scoring drives and capitalized on a Gamecock defense that, quite frankly, looked asleep in the first half.
But with some timely sacks from the Carolina defense and some clock control with the running game, the Gamecocks put together two scoring drives to pull ahead by four at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Two more fourth quarter touchdowns form Marcus Lattimore put the game nearly out of reach with about five minutes remaining, and the Gamecocks completed a second half shut-out defeated the Wildcats, 38-17.
Next week, the eyes of the SEC and the nation will be centered in Columbia, as undefeated South Carolina will battle undefeated Georgia for critical position in the SEC East.
ESPN announces Gameday will be in Columbia, S.C. next week for Georgia at South Carolina.— Bleacher Report (@BR_CFB) September 30, 2012
Wrapping it up in Lexington, the Gamecocks played two very different halves.
We talked about after the first half how Marcus Lattimore had to get involved after carrying the ball only five times in the first half for 12 yards.
Well, he certainly did in the second half.
Lattimore ran the ball 18 more times and amassed 120 yards with two critical fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game away for South Carolina.
The defense for the Gamecocks woke up in a big way after surrendering 17 points in the first half. They would not allow a point in the second and managed to hold Kentucky to 273 yards.
Was South Carolina guilty of looking past the underdog Wildcats to their battle next week against Georgia? Probably. But they hunkered down and weathered a very spry Kentucky team that was opportunistic and aggressive in the first half.
On one hand, the Gamecocks are lucky to escape Lexington with a victory, but on the other they proved for the second time this season how they can handle being behind on the road.
And that's how the cookie crumbles this Saturday night...
South Carolina moves to 5-0 with a 38-17 victory over Kentucky!
Columbia can finally exhale comfortably...
Dylan Thompson makes an appearance... and then heads back to the sidelines. So much for the Sky Captain...
T.J. Yates adds a field goal to increase the South Carolina lead to 38-17!
The immaculate interception by Gerald Dixon leads to another Lattimore touchdown, increasing the South Carolina lead to 18!
South Carolina 35 Kentucky 17 - 4th Quarter
Eight minutes to go, this could be the drive that seals it for South Carolina; much to the chagrin of Mike Patrick.
A timely interception by Lattimore- I mean DeVonte Holloman! South Carolina takes over at the Kentucky 32!
Lattmore with a three yard run increases the South Carolina lead to 11!
South Carolina leads 28-17
Could not agree more.
Kentucky's OL looks like it's getting a little tired. This one's going to get ugly in a hurry.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 30, 2012
Gamecock defense is starting to take over and South Carolina is starting to control the clock with the running game.
South Carolina 21 Kentucky 17 - End of 3rd Quarter
Alright, an appearance by Kenny Miles leads to a 17 yard touchdown run for South Carolina!
South Carolina takes the lead 21-17
Alright, a Justice Cunningham appearance! Good to see you, sir!
I think Clowney was in Klingon space with that jump he got!
Scoring drive for South Carolina: 6 plays for 73 yards in 2:36
Lattimore had two carries. Still running the offense primarily through Shaw who was 2-2 for 32 yards and gained 25 yards.
Shaw hits a 30 yard pass to Damiere Byrd for a touchdown!
South Carolina closes the gap to three!
South Carolina 14 Kentucky 17 3rd Quarter
Shaw's fake jukes ESPN and gives South Carolina a critical first down on their first drive of the 3rd quarter.
Gamecocks force a punt on Kentucky's first drive of the 3rd quarter. Curious to see if Lattimore becomes the workhorse now.
Mike Patrick could not look any happier giving the first half recap. Good for you, sir!
First Half Thoughts...
What else can be said, Kentucky is making every possible play they can on offense and defense. You can officially throw out any misconception that this is going to be a blowout. This game falls right in line with nearly every Kentucky-South Carolina game over the last decade.
Lattimore only has 12 yards on five carries. Just like the game against Vanderbilt, South Carolina will need to get him the ball to get the offense back on track.
Can't say enough about Kentucky's effort. They are really playing hard and with a resilience to erase the debacle of last week against Florida.
Let's hear from you all. Spew your thoughts about the first half as I grab another cold one...
A wild scramble for a loose ball almost gives Kentucky another touchdown. That ends the first half...
South Carolina 7 Kentucky 17
Can only imagine the halftime speech...
Is Spurrier shaving points? WTF is he doing?— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) September 30, 2012
ESPN commentators want Kentucky to win so badly. Love their bias.
A fourth and one turns into a bad snap that Kentucky recovers inside the 10 yard line!
Get ready for an amazing Steve Spurrier half-time interview...
Sanders takes it from 10 yards out and gives Kentucky their second touchdown of the game!
South Carolina 7 Kentucky 17, 2nd Quarter
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