No. 13/12 South Carolina's (4-1, 2-1 SEC) 35-28 win over Kentucky (1-3, 0-1 SEC) makes South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier the first Division I coach to post 20 wins over any one opponent. Spurrier is now 20-1 with the lone loss to the Wildcats coming in 2010. South Carolina has won 13 of the last 14 over Kentucky.
Tonight's victory is also the 70th for Spurrier in his career at South Carolina. Spurrier is the winningest coach in school history.
The win also extends the Gamecocks' home winning streak to 14-straight games, the second longest in school history and third longest active streak in Division I.
Tonight's announced crowd of 82,313 is the third sellout of the season at Williams-Brice Stadium. With sellouts at Georgia and UCF, the Gamecocks have played in front of sellout crowds in all five of their games this season.
South Carolina has scored on their first possession in four of the first five games of the season.
Senior quarterback Connor Shaw was 17-for-20 for 262 yards and one touchdown. In three games against the Wildcats, Shaw is 58-for-77 (75.3 percent) for 721 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
Shaw's 262 passing yards and 50 rushing yards combined for 312 total yards. It marks the seventh time in Shaw's career that he has recorded 300-plus yards of total offense.
With 106 yards on 21 carries, sophomore tailback Mike Davis notched the fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and his career. Davis added two touchdowns.
Junior Damiere Byrd posted a career-high 98 yards. Byrd scored the first touchdown of the game and his first of the year on a season-long 62-yard touchdown pass from Shaw.
Freshman defensive end Darius English and freshman linebacker T.J. Holloman earned the first starting nods of their careers. English recorded three tackles tying a career high and Holloman posted six tackles to set a new career high. English and junior spur linebacker Sharrod Golightly combined for a sack, the first of English's career.
Junior defensive tackle J.T. Surratt set a new career high in tackles with six, including one tackle for loss to tie a career high. Junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles matched career highs in tackles for loss (2) and sacks (1).
Redshirt freshman strong safety Chaz Elder broke his previous career high of two tackles with four.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Freshman placekicker Elliot Fry hit both of his field goal attempts in the game. Just before the end of the first half in Fry's first attempt since Georgia three weeks ago, the freshman hit a then career-long 40-yarder. In the third quarter, he bested the shot with a 41-yard field goal to put the Gamecocks up 27-7.
The fourth quarter two-point conversion is the first successful attempt for the Gamecocks since 2003 against UAB.