South Carolina’s offense never found its groove against Kentucky in a 16-10 loss at Williams-Brice Stadium, Saturday. The Gamecocks forced three turnovers (two fumbles, interception) but weren’t able to capitalize against Mark Stoops’ stout defense. After Kentucky opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, South Carolina’s defense rallied to allow just three field goals the rest of the way. But a good defensive performance wasn’t enough to overcome an offense that put up only 216 yards and converted 3 of 12 third downs. Stoops has had the Gamecocks’ number, winning seven of the last eight in the series.
In every big moment, Kentucky proved up to the task, turning the Gamecocks (2-2) away on three fourth-down attempts and limiting all-SEC running back Kevin Harris to 38 yards rushing. Luke Doty, in his first start of the season, finished 17 of 25 for 158 yards and a five-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Brooks. Brooks led Gamecocks receivers with four catches for 63 yards.
South Carolina will look to rebound next week against Troy. Kickoff from Williams-Brice Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m.
Here’s my recap from Williams-Brice Stadium: