Recapping Kentucky's 45-38 win over South Carolina at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night:
Summary: Commonwealth Stadium was almost filled, loud and the fans bought into the "Blackout." South Carolina burst that bubble quickly against a UK defense that had not allowed a first-half touchdown. The Gamecocks gashed UK by running it up the middle with scoring drives of 79 yards (19 plays) and 72 yards (including a 40-yard run on second-and-28). It was quickly 14-0. When it looked like UK might get run out of the stadium it cut the deficit to 14-7 on a Jojo Kemp 3-yard score. Patrick Towles lost a fumble at his own 34 and Carolina made it 17-7. It took UK three plays to go 73 yards, capping it off with a 38-yard Braylon Heard run out of the Wildcat formation. An interception by A.J. Stamps at his own 8-yard line stopped a late Gamecocks threat. That set up an Austin MacGinnis 47-yard field goal to end the half.
Halftime score: Kentucky 17, South Carolina 17.
Thumbs up: Kentucky took a punch and answered.
Thumbs down: The Towles fumble was costly.
Summary: Some Steve Spurrier-like trickery gave UK's its first lead. From the Wildcat formation, Kemp took the snap and handed to Javess Blue, who pitched back to Towles. Wide open for a 48-yard scoring pass was Ryan Timmons. South Carolina went back to the ground again and took charge with drives of 85 yards, 91 yards and 73 yards. The lead was 38-24. Then Kemp went to work out of the Wildcat and UK cut it to 38-31 with 8:06 left. UK took over again and Kemp kept doing his magic taking snaps. A shifty 43-yard Kemp run set up another score and it was 38-38 with 2:46 left. Then Mike Douglas deflected a pass and Alvin "Bud" Dupree caught it and ran 6 yards for a 45-38 UK lead with 2:29 left. UK's Ashely Lowery picked off a pass with 1:31 left to seal the win.
Final score: Kentucky 45, South Carolina 38.
Thumbs up: The Wildcat formation and Jojo Kemp. It was a blast to watch as UK scored all its touchdowns out of the formation.
Thumbs down: UK against the run.