DJ Wonnum recorded a career high 3 sacks in the win over Kentucky (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

USC’s defense was dominant and the running game was punishing as the Gamecocks defeated Kentucky 24-7 Saturday night Columbia in front of an announced crowd of over 80,000. The defense shutout the Wildcats for over 57 minutes, and the running game, led by Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster, rolled up 247 yards, a season high against FBS opponents, and three touchdowns. The Gamecocks also snapped several streaks with the win, not the least of which was the five game losing streak to the Wildcats. They also ended a two game losing streak on the season and a six game drought against Power 5 conference opponents dating back to last season.

Here’s my POSTGAME RECAP from Williams-Brice just minutes after the postgame media session

Rico Dowdle rushed for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Some takeaways from the Gamecock victory

  • The Gamecocks were set on running the football, and run they did. 45 of their 73 plays were runs, and almost all were called runs.
  • For the first time since a 2001 win over Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks had two 100 yard rushers in an SEC game with Feaster gaining 107 yards and Dowdle 102. Dowdle had to leave the game with an ankle injury but he said afterwards he’s fine.
  • Feaster scored his first touchdown at Williams-Brice Stadium as a Gamecock, but it wasnt his first ever in the stadium. He scored a touchdown for Clemson in 2017, and he also scored three touchdowns for Spartanburg High School in the 2014 state championship game against York.
  • QB Ryan Hilinski looked for in control of himself compared to last week at Missouri. He wasn’t spectacular, but he didn’t need to be. He completed 15-27 for 140 yards with no touchdowns but also with no interceptions.
  • Senior receiver Bryan Edwards had 6 more catches for 37 yards. Edwards has 26 receptions over his last four games and a catch in 43 straight games tying the school mark with Kenny McKinley.
  • The Gamecock defense was stifling, especially on third down. The Wildcats were only 2-15 on third downs, and they had just 9 first downs. they fewest they’ve allowed in an FBS game since a win over Arkansas in 2013.
  • Defensive end DJ Wonnum had his best game of the season with a career high 3 sacks. He had 5 tackles and also forced a fumble.
  • Linebacker Ernest Jones led the Gamecock defense in tackles with 7 and he also had his first career interception.
  • The Gamecocks had trouble during the Kentucky losing streak handling the “Wildcat” formation. Not so much this time. UK ran it with Lynn Bowden 6 times and he netted 44 yards, 26 of those on one run.
  • The Gamecocks put a lot of pressure of UK quarterback Sawyer Smith sacking him 4 times. He completed just 11 of 32 passes for 90 yards with an interception.
  • Punter Joseph Charlton was called on 9 times and he responded with an average over 51 yards per punt.
  • FINAL STATS
Tavien Feaster scored his first Williams-Brice Stadium touchdown as a Gamecock (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Gamecock Postgame

Will Muschamp

Rico Dowdle & Ernest Jones

Tavien Feaster & Sadarius Hutcherson

DJ Wonnum & TJ Brunson

2 thoughts on “#Gamecocks eradicate the streaks with 24-7 win over Kentucky (VIDEO/AUDIO)”

  1. You headline?!?! You must’of left the game early like a lot of USC fans….Actually, this game didn’t really show me much, since it wasn’t much of a competition. Hillinski still can’t throw, but our running backs can run, and apparently out O line can block to make that happen. Our def-backs played well,….most of the time, but we still have some growing pains

  2. Stonewall Jackson

    I have no issue with the headline, but I’d caution any Gamecock fan to not take too much away from this game. Kentucky was drubbed by Mississippi State on the road last weekend, in turn MSU was absolutely demolished by Auburn this past Saturday. The true test will come in 2 weeks when the Gamecocks visit UGA in Athens. This game will show if any tangible progress has really been made.

    South Carolina’s run game was a thing of beauty Saturday night with 2 backs surpassing 100 yards; unfortunately the same can’t be said for the passing game. Hilinski is likely still struggling with this throwing arm, despite this he still looks better than a healthy Jake would have. In his defense, the young man was running for his life much of the night, as the swiss cheese SC OL allowed constant pressure from KY DL. He rarely was ever able to sit back in the pocket and assess the field. Their OC needs to have him roll out more often. If not, the UGA defense could put him on the disabled list.

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