A healthy dose of Marcus Lattimore and a second half shutdown defense helped the #6 South Carolina Gamecocks avoid an upset to the Kentucky Wildcats (1-4). It looked for a long night for the Kentucky Wildcats as the Wildcats lost starting QB Max Smith to an ankle injury on just the second play from scrimmage. Kentucky used an inspired defense, which blocked a South Carolina punt and some big plays from true freshman QB Jalen Whitlow to take a 17-7 halftime lead on the Gamecocks. Kentucky had a chance to add more points before halftime but poor clock management led to a missed opportunity.
But there would be no upset tonight. South Carolina played shut down defense and Steve Spurrier went with a healthy dose of Marcus Lattimore as South Carolina outscored Kentucky 31-0 in the second half for a 35-17 win. Lattimore was held to just 12 yards in the first half but exploded in the second half and finished with 120 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns. South Carolina QB Connor Shaw also passed for two TD’s and 148 yards to spark the Gamecock offense. Shaw added 76 yards on the ground as the Gamecocks advanced to 5-0 on the year.