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    Strong Second Half Lifts South Carolina

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    By: Scott Crumbly
    Twitter: @ScottCrumbly
    SEC Digital Network

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 6 South Carolina visited Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night to take on SEC East foe Kentucky, and the Gamecocks powered past the Wildcats on the strength of a 31-point second half. Marcus Lattimore paced USC with 120 yards and two scores on the ground, and Steve Spurrier’s team is now 5-0 for the first time in his tenure in Columbia after a 38-17 triumph.

    Kentucky (1-4, 0-2 SEC) played an inspired first half and went into the locker room with a 17-7 lead over the Gamecocks. After the break however, South Carolina took control and got out of Lexington with a comfortable victory.

    Connor Shaw, who completed 20 consecutive passes in last week’s win over Missouri, was efficient once again against the Wildcats. Shaw completed 83 percent of his passes and tossed two touchdowns, one to Ace Sanders in the second quarter and the other to Damiere Byrd just after the half.

    Jalen Whitlow threw for 114 yards for UK, but could not manage a touchdown pass while throwing two interceptions.

    Statistical Leaders

    Kentucky


    Passing – Jalen Whitlow, 12-for-23, 114 yards, 2 INT
    Rushing – Raymond Sanders, 14 car, 59 yards, TD
    Receiving – Demarco Robinson, 3 rec, 29 yards

    South Carolina

    Passing – Connor Shaw, 15-for-18, 148 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing – Marcus Lattimore, 23 car, 120 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving – Rory Anderson, 1 rec, 37 yards

    Quick Notes

    •    Steve Spurrier is now 19-1 in his career against Kentucky, his only loss coming in 2010.
    •    Coming into this game, seven of the last 10 match-ups had been decided by a touchdown or less.