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By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
The South Carolina Gamecocks held off a feisty Kentucky team on Saturday night, winning 35-28 in Columbia.
South Carolina appeared to be in control, leading 21-0 early in the second quarter. In fact, the Gamecocks led 27-7 heading into the fourth quarter, when Kentucky would score three touchdowns to make it a game.
One week after being injured against Central Florida, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw had a big game for the Gamecocks, connecting on 17-of-20 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score.
Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow played the entire game, and he passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another.
Passing - Jalen Whitlow, 17-24, 178 yards, 2 TD
Rushing - Jalen Whitlow, 17 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD
Receiving - Javess Blue, 4 receptions, 62 yards
Passing - Connor Shaw, 17-20, 262 yards, 1 TD
Rushing - Mike Davis, 21 carries, 106 yards, 2 TD
Receiving - Damiere Byrd, 5 receptions, 98 yards, 1 TD
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is now 20-1 against Kentucky in his career. No other Division I coach has 20 wins against any one school.
The Gamecocks lead the series with Kentucky 17-7-1.
South Carolina has beaten Kentucky 13 out of the last 14 meetings.
The Gamecocks have now won 14 straight home games, the second longest streak in school history.