#Gamecocks keep bowl hopes alive rallying for 17-14 win over Kentucky (VIDEO)

DT Tonka Hemingway celebrates following his 4th quarter fumble recovering (Chris Gillespie)

Williams-Brice Stadium: An offense that was dormant for the middle thirty minutes of the game came to life in the fourth quarter, and the defense pitched a fourth-quarter shutout as South Carolina came from behind to beat Kentucky 17-14 Saturday night in Columbia for their fifth win of the season. The Gamecocks are 5-6 and will need to beat Clemson next Saturday night in Columbia to be assured of a bowl bid.

The Gamecocks trailed 14-10 entering the fourth quarter after totaling just 30 yards total in the second and third quarters. Then, they put together perhaps their best, and most important, drive of the season. The Gamecocks were faced with 1st and 20, 2nd and 26 and 3rd and 15 during the drive and overcame all those situations. That led to Spencer Rattler hitting Xavier Legette with a 17-yard scoring pass with 7:44 to play.

From there, the defense rose to the occasion, forcing a punt on the first possession, a fumble recovered by Tonka Hemingway on the second, and a stop on downs on their final possession with Hemingway knocking down the fourth down pass.

The win was the Gamecocks second straight over Kentucky, their first back-to-back wins in the series since 2013, and it gave them a final SEC record of 3-5.

Final Stats

Xavier Legette scored both USC touchdowns on passes from Spencer Rattler (Chris Gillespie)

Here’s my view from Williams-Brice Stadium

Spencer Rattler passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns (Chris Gillespie)

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