Not wanting to buck its game long trend of stinking up the join offensively, Kentucky’s first play of the fourth quarter was an interception to D.J. Swearinger. The interception gave the Gamecocks the ball on the UK 48 yard line.
USC moved the ball inside the Wildcat ten yard line but was unable to punch it in the end zone. The drive ended when Connor Shaw threw an incompletion on fourth and goal from the five.
Kentucky took over on downs and once again failed to move the chains. The Wildcats last first down came with less than seven minutes left in the second quarter.
USC took over on its own 39 yard line and lined up in the Wildcat with Bruce Ellington taking the snap. Ellington raced around the right corner 61 yards and into the end zone to for his first career touchdown. It put USC up 40-3 with 10:34.
Kentucky actually picked up a first down on its next possession. Really, they did. Morgan Newton returned and rushed three straight times to move the chains. Their happiness would be short-lived, they fumbled on the next play. USC recovered on the UK 32.
Steve Spurrier inserted Andrew Clifford in at quarterback and he proceeded to toss his first career touchdown pass, an eight yarder to D.L. Moore. That made the score 47-7 USC with 7:00 minutes to play.
After the defense made another stop USC reclaimed possession and Dylan Thompson entered the game. Spurrier opted to continue running the offense and not run out the clock. Thompson scored a touchdown with :08 seconds to play to put the Gamecocks up 54-3.
FINAL SCORE: USC 53, KENTUCKY 3