Kentucky is 1-4, 0-2 in the SEC. South Carolina is 4-1, 2-1 in league play.
South Carolina leads the series 17-7-1, including 8-3-1 in Columbia. USC has won three in a row.
Kentucky’s second-half comeback fell short as the Wildcats rallied from a 24-7 deficit at halftime to cut the USC lead to six at 27-21. UK answered a USC touchdown to make the score 35-28 late in the fourth quarter before the Gamecocks were able to run out the clock to end the game.
Kentucky had over 300 yards of total offense for the fourth time this season.
The Wildcats won the time of possession battle for the first time this season.
UK was 2-for-2 on fourth-down conversions in the game and is now 8-for-11 on fourth downs this season.
The UK offense scored a touchdown on every trip to the redzone and is now 15-of-19 on the season in redzone scoring.
The Wildcat defense limited South Carolina’s offense to just 103 yards of total offense.
Kentucky won the turnover battle against South Carolina forcing a fumble. The UK defense has forced six fumbles this season, recovering four.
Kentucky returns to action Sat. Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. when the Wildcats host No. 1 Alabama. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Quarterback Jalen Whitlow completed 17-of-24 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 17 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Whitlow now has a rushing touchdown in three of UK’s five games this season.
Raymond Sanders rushed 14 yards in the game on seven carries, moving to 25th on UK’s career rushing list. A complete chart is in the notes. Sanders scored his second rushing touchdown of the season, 10th of his career, on a two-yard run in the second quarter. Sanders needs just three more yards to tie Chris Hill for 24th all-time on the career list.
Freshman wide receiver Ryan Timmons caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was Timmons’ first collegiate touchdown and came on a great grab at the side of the end zone on a 14-yard TD play.
Junior wide receiver Javess Blue led UK in receiving with four catches for 62 yards, including a 33-yard reception.
Senior tight end Jordan Aumiller had his best game of the season with three catches for 34 yards.
Junior Demarco Robinson caught a touchdown pass in the game, his second of the season.
Linebacker Avery Williamson finished the game with nine tackles. He now has a streak of 24 consecutive games with at least three tackles.
Defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree made three tackles. He extended his streak of 20 consecutive games with at least three tackles.
Dupree’s quarterback sack in the second quarter extended his streak of four consecutive games with a sack. The last Wildcat with a sack in four consecutive games was Jeremy Jarmon in 2007.
Freshmen Jason Hatcher and Blake McClain had the first quarterback sacks of their careers. Hatches ended the game with three tackles, while McClain had four.
Junior Nate Willis had nine tackles in the game, which is a career high.