Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kentucky football opens SEC play against SC

Kentucky football opens SEC play against SC

SC (2-1, 1-1) electrified a sold-out stadium with a 68-yard TD catch by receiver Deebo Samuel on the opening play, then got an interception and a fumble from the Wildcats' first two drives.

The Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) certainly had every opportunity to pull off a victory that could have landed them back in the national rankings for the first time in three years. The win means Kentucky also keeps their win streak over SC alive, which is now at four games. However, the Gamecocks weren't able to take advantage as they missed a 52 yard field goal, and had a pass intercepted by Mike Edwards.

Bentley completed 24 of 36 passes for 304 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He has scored six touchdown in his last 12 games.

Kentucky would take that 14-6 lead into halftime.

SC kicker Alexander Woznick missed the PAT on the Gamecocks' first touchdown.

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At the time, everyone seemed to agree that was the case, as both Muschamp and quarterback Jake Bentley addressed the need for other players to step up, and how it was a huge loss.

But Samuel was slow to get up after a 9-yard catch in the third quarter. This play virtually sealed the game as Gamecock fans started filling the concourse as Johnson ran away from South Carolina's defense.

"I don't have all the information, but I know he's going to be out for the year", Muschamp said right after the game.

The 'Cats will kick off at 7:30 p.m. when they visit Williams-Brice Stadium.

"Just looking at the next game on the schedule, it's Florida, we want to end that streak", Baity said.

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