Kentucky Football vs. South Carolina -- Postgame Notes

Oct. 5, 2014

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South Carolina at Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 4, 2014

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 45, South Carolina 38

Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the win, Kentucky is 4-1, 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 3-3, 2-3 in the SEC.
  • South Carolina leads the all-time series 17-9-1.
    • UK’s win was its first against South Carolina since 2010.
    • South Carolina leads the series in games played in Lexington, 9-5.
  • Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, playing host to Louisiana-Monroe at 12 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium.
    • The game be televised live on the SEC Network and will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel calling the action.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to post its first fourth-quarter comeback win since a 2011 win over Ole Miss.
  • Since 2000, UK has won at least four of its first five games four times.
  • UK is now 4-1 for the 11th time since 1950 and for the first time since 2008.
  • UK is now 4-0 at Commonwealth Stadium for the first time since 2007.
  • UK won its second consecutive SEC game for the first time since 2009, when it defeated Vanderbilt and Georgia in consecutive weeks.
  • Kentucky intercepted three passes and now has nine interceptions on the year.
    • Five of UK’s nine interceptions have come in the fourth quarter in 2014.
  • Jordan Swindle , Za’Darius Smith, Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Javess Blue served as UK’s game captains for the fourth time in five games.
  • Kentucky’s streak of not allowing a touchdown in the first half was snapped on the opening drive of the game for the Gamecocks.
    • South Carolina’s 19-play drive was the longest drive, by plays, allowed by UK in 2014.
  • UK’s touchdown drive to open the second half marked its first of the year.
  • Kentucky was 3-for-3 in its red-zone chances and is now 12-for-16 on the year.
  • UK is now 1-1 in night games.
  • UK is now 1-1 when tied at halftime on the year.
  • The Wildcats are now 1-0 in its black pants/black jersey/chrome helmet uniform combination.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore RB Jojo Kemp rushed a career-high 17 times for a career-best 131 yards and three touchdowns.
    • Kemp is the first UK player with three rushing touchdowns since CoShik Williams vs. Charleston Southern in 2010.
    • Kemp’s outing eclipsed his career highs of 15 rushes vs. Mississippi State in 2013 and 80 rushing yards vs. Louisville in 2013.
    • Kemp is the first player to rush for 100 yards since Braylon Heard rushed for 116 yards in the season opener vs. UT Martin.
    • Kemp’s three touchdowns give him four on the year and seven in his career.
    • It marked Kemp’s first career multi-touchdown game.
  • Safety A.J. Stamps, in his first season at UK as a junior-college transfer, recorded his third career interception, returning it 50 yards in the second quarter.
    • Stamps has interceptions in three of his first five career games.
    • Stamps set a new career-high with two pass break-ups.
    • Stamps finished with seven tackles, his most since a career-best eight tackles in the season opener vs. UT Martin.
  • Junior LB Josh Forrest - a native of Paducah, Ky. - totaled a career-high 15 tackles.
    • It marked the second career double-digit tackle game for Forrest, also going for 10 tackles at Florida in 2014.
    • Forrest’s 14 tackles are the most for a UK player since Avery Williamson had 15 tackles in 2013 vs. Louisville.
  • Senior DE/LB Alvin “Bud” Dupree started his team-leading 31st consecutive game.
    • Dupree totaled his first career interception, returning it six yards for his first career touchdown.
    • It was Kentucky’s first interception return for a touchdown since Sam Maxwell vs. Tennessee in 2009.
  • Sophomore QB Patrick Towles made his fifth career start, going 20-for-29 for 208 yards, one TD and no interceptions.
    • Towles connected on a 48-yard TD pass to give UK the lead in the third quarter.
    • Towles now has eight passing touchdowns on the year.
  • Freshman kicker Austin MacGinnis made a 47-yard field goal to end the first half.
    • MacGinnis is now 2-for-4 from 40-49 yards and is 8-for-12 on the year.
    • MacGinnis connected on 6-of-6 PAT attempts and is now 18-for-18 on the year.
  • Junior punter Landon Foster punted four times for 159 yards, with two downed inside the 20.
    • Foster now has 12 punts downed inside the 20 in 2014 and 40 in his career.
  • Junior RB Braylon Heard returned his first career kickoff.
    • Heard’s 38-yard TD rush was his longest since a 73-yard TD run in the season opener vs. UT Martin.
    • Heard now has three rushing touchdowns in 2014.
    • Heard rushed six times for 67 yards.
  • Senior OL Darrian Miller played in his 39th career game.
  • Senior FB Darrell “D.J.” Warren played in his team-high 41st career game.
  • Junior WR Joey Herrick made his second career start and finished with a career-high two catches for a career-best 20 yards.
  • Freshman DT Matt Elam notched his first career pass break-up.
  • Sophomore WR Ryan Timmons hauled in a 48-yard TD from Towles in the third quarter, his second TD of the year and the fourth of his two-year career.
  • Freshman RB Mikel Horton rushed eight times for 44 yards, just one yard shy of equaling his career high.
  • Junior LB Khalid Henderson notched his first tackle for loss in 2014 and the fourth of his career.
  • Sophomore DE/LB Jason Hatcher had a career-best five tackles.
  • Junior CB Cody Quinn broke up his third pass of the year and the 11th of his career.
  • Senior S Ashely Lowery notched his second interception of the year and the fourth of his career, to help clinch the win for UK.