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                === Shaw leads South Carolina past Kentucky ===
 
 Columbia,  SC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Connor Shaw's touchdown run in the fourth
 quarter  proved  to be the difference  as No. 13  South Carolina hung on for a
 35-28 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.
 
 Shaw  went 17-for-20  for 262 yards and  a score and added nine carries for 50
 yards  for the  Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC),  who have won three straight since a
 loss  to Georgia  on Sept. 7. Mike Davis  had 21 carries for 106 yards and two
 touchdowns in the win.
 
 "I  couldn't be more  proud of our guys on the offense," Shaw said. "I thought
 we battled all through the night."
 
 Jalen  Whitlow was 17-for-24 for 178 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats
 (1-4,  0-2), who have  lost three straight. Whitlow also had 17 carries for 69
 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
 
 "We  understand he's not perfect," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said of Whitlow.
 "He missed a few throws here and there, but you saw a couple of good runs."
 
 South Carolina took a 27-7 lead into the final quarter, but Kentucky came into
 the frame at the South Carolina 4 and Whitlow hit Demarco Robinson for a score
 with 13:43 to play.
 
 It  didn't take long for the Wildcats to get the ball back, as the kickoff was
 fumbled  and  Kentucky recovered at  the South  Carolina 35. Five plays later,
 Whitlow found Ryan Timmons for a score and a 27-21 game with 11:50 left.
 
 The  Gamecocks  came right back  down the field with  Shaw gaining 31 yards to
 move  it  across midfield.  Facing a  2nd-and-goal at  the 2,  Shaw took it in
 himself  then converted the 2-point play with a pass to Nick Jones for a 35-21
 lead with 8:05 showing.
 
 Kentucky  kept at  it as  the team  moved 81  yards in  eight plays  over four
 minutes  with Whitlow taking  it in from a yard out for a 35-28 game with 4:02
 to play.
 
 That  was the  last  time the  Wildcats  touched the  ball,  though, as  South
 Carolina  was able to gain a couple of first downs to kill off the rest of the
 clock.
 
 The  Gamecocks needed  just four  plays to  get in  the end  zone as  Shaw and
 Damiere Byrd got together on a 62-yard score for a 7-0 lead just over a minute
 and a half in.
 
 After  getting  the ball back  from the  Wildcats, South Carolina marched back
 down the field and a Davis 22-yard score made it a 14-0 game with 6:36 left in
 the first.
 
 The  second play  of the  second quarter  saw South  Carolina go  up by  three
 scores  on Davis'  1-yard TD run, but  Kentucky finally put some points on the
 board  on  its ensuing touch  as Raymond Sanders' 2-yard  score made it a 21-7
 game with 7:38 to play in the first half.
 
 Elliott  Fry's  40-yard field goal right  before halftime gave the Gamecocks a
 24-7 lead.
 
 The  only points of the third quarter came on a 41-yard field goal from Fry on
 South Carolina's first possession of the second half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 South  Carolina totaled 453 yards in the game while Kentucky had 301 ... South
 Carolina  plays at Arkansas next Saturday ... Kentucky hosts Alabama next week
 ...  Byrd finished the  game with five catches for 98 yards ... South Carolina
 has won three straight against Kentucky and leads the series 17-7-1.
 
 
 
 10/06 00:42:33 ET

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