By: Madison Tucker
For the fifth week in a row, the South Carolina Gamecocks have come out on top. Beating Kentucky 38-17 in Saturday’s game makes the Gamecocks 5-0, a streak not seen since Lou Holtz was coach in 2001.
In the first quarter of the game, the Gamecocks were dragging their feet out on the field. Kentucky took an early lead, thanks to a 16-play drive led by freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow. Whitlow again took the field after Maxwell Smith sprained his ankle, and took the Wildcats down field for 94-yards, which ended with a 22-yard field goal by Craig McIntosh. The Gamecocks only points of the first half came early in the second quarter. South Carolina trailed 17-7 at halftime.
In the second half, South Carolina learned it is better to move the ball on the ground than through the air. The Gamecocks rushed for 101 yards to start the third quarter. Kentucky’s defense could not handle the power and efficiency of Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore.
Connor Shaw first let Kentucky know they were there to play with a pass to Bryd in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. Then, in the very next possession, Miles put South Carolina ahead. For the rest of the game the No. 6 Gamecocks could not be stopped.
Even with South Carolina finishing strong in the second half, they need to be strong throughout if they hope to keep up the winning streak. Their next game will be at home against Georgia on October 6th at 7:00 PM EST. This game will say it all about Carolina’s ability to handle stronger conference teams.