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Sept. 29, 2012

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SOUTH CAROLINA GAME NOTES
South Carolina vs. Kentucky
September 29, 2012

General

  • Captains for the Gamecocks were No. 36 D.J. Swearinger, No. 47 Reginald Bowens, No. 55 T.J. Johnson, No. 87 Justice Cunningham
  • With the win, South Carolina now leads the all-time series history 16-7-1 vs. Kentucky. Head coach Steve Spurrier is now 19-1 in his career vs. Kentucky.
  • South Carolina owns a nine-game winning streak dating back to last year, tied for the longest winning streak in school history. The Gamecocks won nine consecutive games in 1984.
  • The Gamecocks now have an 11-game winning streak against SEC Eastern Division rivals. Their last division loss came at Kentucky on October 16, 2010.
  • South Carolina is now 5-0 on the year. It is the first time since the 2001 season that the Gamecocks have been 5-0 to start a year and the sixth time in school history (1902, 1928, 1984, 1988, 2001).
  • Saturday's game marked the first time this season that South Carolina has trailed at halftime. The last time South Carolina trailed at halftime was November 5, 2011 in a 44-28 loss to Arkansas.

Offense

  • Junior wide receiver Ace Sanders' three-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter marked his third touchdown reception of the season and the third straight game he has scored.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Damiere Byrd's 30-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his second touchdown reception of the season.
  • Senior tailback Kenny Miles scored in the third quarter with a 17-yard touchdown run. It was Miles' first touchdown of the season.
  • South Carolina's 14-play, 81-yard drive in the second half featured a time of possession of 7:12. It is the longest drive in time of possession by the Gamecocks this season and the fifth in head coach Steve Spurrier's tenure at South Carolina.
  • Junior running back Marcus Lattimore carried 23 times for 120 yards. It marked the 10th time in his career that he has recorded 100 or more rushing yards and the second time in the 2012 season. Lattimore moved past Kevin Long (1973-76) for eighth all-time in career rushing at South Carolina. He now has 2,455 career yards, 23 yards shy of Jay Lynn Hodgin for seventh all-time. He now has 35 career rushing touchdowns and 38 career touchdowns at South Carolina, both are school records that he set earlier in the season.
  • Junior quarterback Connor Shaw completed 15-of-18 passes for 148 yards as well as two touchdowns. He also rushed 19 times for 76 yards. He completed passes to seven different players on the evening.
  • South Carolina's offense was stellar in the second half scoring 31 points and gaining 240 yards. The Gamecocks also rushed for 184 yards in the second half.

Defense

  • After allowing 173 total yards in the first half, the defense delivered in the second half limiting the Wildcats to just 70 yards of offense in the final 30 minutes of the game with no points allowed as well.
  • Senior spur DeVonte Holloman tallied his first interception of the year in the fourth quarter. He now has five career interceptions.
  • Freshman defensive tackle Gerald Dixon Jr. picked off a deflected pass in the fourth quarter for his first career interception.
  • Senior defensive end Devin Taylor was credited with 1.5 sacks in the game. He now has 17 career sacks.

Special Teams

  • Senior placekicker Adam Yates connected on his one field goal attempt from 31 yards. He is now 3-for-4 on the season in field goal attempts.

 

 

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