South Carolina falls 17-10 to Kentucky

Kentucky defeated South Carolina 17-10 at Commonwealth Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 2-2 on the year and 1-2 in the SEC with Kentucky 2-2 and 1-1 in league play.

Captains for South Carolina were: DB Chris Lammons, WR Jamari Smith, OG Cory Helms and OG Zack Bailey

Attendance at Commonwealth Stadium was 51,702

The Gamecocks have had 10 players start the first four games of the season: OG Zack Bailey, WR Bryan Edwards, DE Darius English, OG Cory Helms, LB T.J. Holloman, TE Hayden Hurst, CB Chris Lammons, DE Marquavius Lewis, DT Taylor Stallworth, OT Mason Zandi.

Sophomore tight end Hayden Hurst was South Carolina’s leading receiver as he caught 7 passes for a career-high 84 yards. Hurst’s previous high was 68 yards at Mississippi State on Sept. 10, 2016.

Freshman tailback A.J. Turner scored his second touchdown of the season with a 12-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It also marked his first career rushing touchdown. Turner carried 12 times for 42 yards in the contest. Junior tailback David Williams also had 9 carries for 33 yards.

Freshman quarterback Brandon McIlwain was 15-for-30 in the air for 177 passing yards.

The Gamecock defense has limited opponents to 17 points or less in three of the first four games this year.

Senior defensive lineman Darius English tallied a career-high three sacks on the evening. It was the most sacks by a Gamecock player since Jadeveon Clowney finished with 4.5 at Clemson on Nov. 24, 2012. English also finished with a career-high eight tackles.

South Carolina finished with four sacks on the night, tying the season-high set last week by the team vs. East Carolina. Junior defensive lineman Dante Sawyer was also credited with a sack in the game, his first of the year.

Senior defensive back Chris Moody set a career-high with nine tackles. Moody’s previous high was eight vs. Texas A&M on August 28, 2014.

Senior defensive end Marquavius Lewis has started all 16 games of his career at South Carolina. Lewis finished with four tackles and a quarterback hurry.

Junior defensive back Jamarcus King tallied his first career forced fumble in the 1st Quarter. King had five tackles in the game. Junior defensive end Dante Sawyer was credited with the fumble recovery.

Junior defensive back D.J. Smith tallied his first career interception in the 3rd Quarter. It marked the fourth interception of the season for the Gamecocks.
Senior placekicker Elliott Fry is now tied for third in SEC history with 130 consecutive PAT kicks made. Fry’s PAT in the second quarter tied him with Michael Proctor (1992-95) of Alabama. Fry also converted a 35-yard field goal and is now 5-for-6 on the year in field goals. Fry now has 310 career points and is within four of Herschel Walker (Georgia, 1980-82) and Fuad Reveiz (Tennessee, 1981-84) for 20th all-time in SEC history in most points scored.

Senior punter Sean Kelly had a career-high eight punts in the game for 299 yards. Kelly had five of his eight punts inside the 20 and averaged 37.3 yards in the game.


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