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How South Carolina won: Quarter by quarter

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow scrambled away from South Carolina defensive tackle Byron Jerideau on Saturday. No. 6 South Carolina won, 38-17. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow scrambled away from South Carolina defensive tackle Byron Jerideau on Saturday. No. 6 South Carolina won, 38-17. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

How South Carolina beat Kentucky 38-17 on Saturday, quarter by quarter:

FIRST QUARTER

Summary: The injury bug continued to hit QB Maxwell Smith, who injured his ankle on UK's second play and did not return. South Carolina had fourth down at the UK 1, and the Cats stuffed the run. The offensive line began opening holes and backup Jalen Whitlow led the Cats on a 16-play drive for 94 yards, but UK settled for a field goal.

Thumbs up: Despite all the bad vibes around the program, UK outplayed the Gamecocks.

Thumbs down: UK needed a TD and still has not scored a first quarter offensive TD since 2010.

SECOND QUARTER

Summary: S.C. went 64 yards on six plays and led 7-3. Whitlow fired a 20-yard completion to fellow freshman A.J. Legree, Raymond Sanders was bullish on a 17-yard run, and a nifty 8-yard TD run by Whitlow gave UK a 10-7 lead. UK's Daron Blaylock blocked a punt and Sanders scored from 10 yards out for a 17-7 UK lead.

Thumbs up: Using a bunch of true freshmen, UK won the line against one of the SEC's big boys.

Thumbs down: Too bad more Kentucky fans did not get to see this.

THIRD QUARTER

Summary: Steve Spurrier got his team's attention at halftime. Connor Shaw directed the Gamecocks to an easy six-play, 73-yard drive to start the half. Momentum began to shift. UK's offense sputtered, South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and the ground attack picked up and the Gamecocks took their first lead at 21-17.

Thumbs up: Whitlow's 18-yard scramble on third down to keep a drive alive.

Thumbs down: After gaining 108 yards the first half, South Carolina gained 155 in the quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER

Summary: Lattimore put the Gamecocks on his shoulders, carrying 10 times on a drive that ate up more than seven minutes. His TD made it 28-17 and a crowd dreaming of an upset began to file out. Whitlow was intercepted but the UK defense held. Another interception set up a Gamecocks TD.

Thumbs up: UK showed heart and looked nothing like a team that has quit

Thumbs down: Youth shows promise but can be costly.

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