Kentucky doesn’t have to plan hard to beat USC. The Wildcats did it to the Gamecocks again Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium 17-10 making it three straight wins over the Gamecocks. And for the third year in a row they simply ran the ball and the Gamecock defense couldn’t stop them.
Stanley “Boom” Williams rushed for 123 yards on 15 carries (that’s 8.2 yards per attempt) including a third quarter 43 yard touchdown run that seemed to turn everything Kentucky’s way. But what allowed that run to even take place was a 28 yard pass completion on 2 and 19 from the Wildcats’ own 16. The Gamecocks let the Wildcats out of the hole and they took advantage of it.
USC coach Will “Boom” Muschamp and his defensive staff knew the Wildcats would stick with the run but their players couldn’t tackle well enough to stop them from scoring two second half touchdowns.
After a late third quarter incomplete pass, the Wildcats finished the game with 21 straight running plays, not counting the final two kneel-down plays, and only one of those was a called pass play.
In this three game winning streak over the Gamecocks, the first time Kentucky has put together that long a streak of success against USC, the Wildcats have not rushed for less than 207 yards. And for the second year in a row Williams went over the 100 yard mark.
But not all the blame rests with the defense. USC could muster only one touchdown on a defense that came into the game allowing 44 points per game. And the Gamecocks rushed for just 91 yards against a defense that was allowing 243 rushing yards per game.
Here’s what the Gamecocks were saying after their record dropped to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC: