Eric Norwood established a school record and tied an NCAA record when he returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. Norwood returned a first quarter Kentucky fumble two yards for the first score of the game. In the third quarter, he scooped up an errant lateral and ran 53 yards to score. Norwood is the fourth NCAA player to score twice on fumble recoveries.
The first Norwood score was South Carolina's first fumble return for a touchdown since Ko Simpson scored on a fumble return against Kentucky in 2005. The two recoveries were the first of sophomore Norwood's career.
Kenny McKinley caught five passes for 68 yards, four of them in the first half, to increase his career total to 108 receptions. He moved into ninth place on South Carolina's all-time receiving list, one ahead of Ryan Brewer (1999-2002). McKinley has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games.
The 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter was the seventh of the season in nine attempts by Ryan Succop. For his career, Succop has made 23 field goals in 31 attempts. He added five PATs against Kentucky, giving him a perfect 20 for 20 on the season.
The second quarter interception and 38-yard return by Captain Munnerlyn was his second interception of the season and fourth of his career. Munnerlyn recovered a fumbled Kentucky punt in the third quarter, his first career recovery of an opponent's fumble.
Mike Davis scored on a three-yard run just before halftime to give South Carolina a 17-10 lead. It was the fifth rushing touchdown of the season for Davis and 16th of his career. He also has one receiving touchdown this season.
The announced attendance of 76,220 increased home attendance for four home games this season to 306,432, an average of 76,608 per game.
The fourth quarter seven-yard reception by freshman Patrick DiMarco was his first career touchdown. The touchdown pass was the fifth of the season by quarterback Chris Smelley. The touchdown climaxed an eight-play, 62-yard drive.
The 27-yard fourth quarter reception by Cory Boyd was his fifth touchdown of the season but first on a pass reception. Boyd has 23 career touchdowns, 18 rushing and five receiving.
South Carolina improved its record to 5-1, the best start for the Gamecocks since 2001 when Carolina won its first five games before losing 10-7 at Arkansas. That team finished 9-3 and defeated Ohio State in the Outback Bowl.
South Carolina has scored a high of 38 points three times this season - against South Carolina State, Mississippi State and Kentucky.
The win over Kentucky was the eighth-straight by the Gamecocks over the Wildcats. The series record is now 12-6-1. Coach Steve Spurrier is now 15-0 in his career against Kentucky, including his tenures at Florida and South Carolina.
Redshirt freshman Chris Smelley completed 17 of 30 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has passed for an even 800 yards this season.
Kentucky falls to 5-1 overall, 1-1 in the SEC. South Carolina improves to 5-1, 3-1 in the SEC.
The loss snaps UK's six-game win streak, dating back to last season.
The loss is just the Cats' second in their last 12 games.
USC now leads the series, 12-6-1, including a 5-3-1 record in Columbia. South
Carolina has won the last eight games in the series.
Kentucky is now 1-4 all-time in Thursday night games, all of which have been on the road, including 1-2 at South Carolina.
Trevard Lindley caused his first career fumble on South Carolina's first drive, forcing a touchback.
Jacob Tamme (1,001) became the 18th player in Kentucky history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a career.
Wide receiver Keenan Burton surpassed Anthony White (3,412) for eighth place on UK's career all-purpose yardage list. He now has 3,552 career all-purpose yards, finishing with 76 yards receiving and 80 yards on kick returns in the game.
Andre' Woodson (7,187) joined Jared Lorenzen and Tim Couch as the only quarterbacks in Kentucky history to throw for 7,000 yards in a career.
André Woodson has thrown for 200 yards in 12 consecutive games.
Woodson was named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week for the second time this year. The award is voted on by fans. Woodson won it for his 301-yard, five-TD performance against Florida Atlantic.
RB Rafael Little rushed 25 times for 135 yards to record the 12th 100-yard rushing game of his career and his fifth of the season. His 12 100-yard games surpasses Artose Pinner for third all-time at UK.
Little (2,665) passed George Adams (2,648) for fourth place on the UK career rushing list.
Tim Masthay's 63-yard punt was a career long surpassing his 60-yard punt earlier this season at Arkansas.
Wesley Woodyard extended his streak to 30 games with at least four tackles. He finished with a team-high seven stops.
Jeremy Jarmon recorded a career-high 2½ sacks. He had two last year against Vanderbilt. He now has 6½ sacks on the year.
Jarmon has had at least one sack in seven of Kentucky's last eight games.
Lones Seiber made a career-high three field goals (27, 41 and 23 yards) and has connected on his last four attempts. He is now made 7-of-9 on the year.
Steve Johnson caught his sixth career touchdown pass and his fifth this season.