NCAA Game Summary - South Carolina at Kentucky|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Kentucky 31, (10) South Carolina 28
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Mike Hartline threw a 24-yard touchdown pass
to Randall Cobb with 1:15 remaining and Anthony Mosley intercepted a pass in
the end zone to cap a huge rally, as the Kentucky Wildcats stunned the 10th-
ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, 31-28, in SEC action from Commonwealth
Hartline completed 32-of-42 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns for the
Wildcats (4-3, 1-3 SEC), who erased a 28-10 halftime deficit to snap a 10-game
losing streak to South Carolina. It was Kentucky's first win in the series
since October 9, 1999 when the Wildcats posted a 30-10 victory in Columbia.
"There's nothing sweeter. We finally came through. We never lost faith," Cobb
said. "We never, for one second, thought we were going to lose that game. We
have had struggles at times, but we found a way to win, that is what it comes
down to. We kept our faith and we found a way to win."
Cobb caught eight passes for 63 yards and carried the ball eight times for 27
yards. Chris Matthews hauled in 12 passes for 177 yards and a score while
La'Rod King caught four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns for Kentucky,
which beat a ranked team for the first time since the Wildcats took down
No. 1 LSU, 43-37, in 2007.
Stephen Garcia connected on 20-of-32 passes for 382 yards, two touchdowns, and
two interceptions for the Gamecocks (4-2, 2-2), who have lost seven
straight conference games on the road.
Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier came into the game with a 17-0 career
record against Kentucky.
"You've got to give Kentucky credit for all the third downs they made, and
they made the fourth down," Spurrier said. "They just beat us. They stuffed us
offensively in the second half. Marcus (Lattimore) went out early in the third
quarter. We didn't have much of a running game. But they stayed on the field
most of the half and we had to punt a lot."
Freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore carried the ball 15 times for 79 yards and
two scores. He also caught four passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, but
sat out most of the second half with a left ankle injury for South Carolina,
which upset then-top-ranked Alabama last weekend.
Trailing 28-10, Kentucky started its comeback early in the third quarter.
Following a punt, the Wildcats started at their own five-yard line with 10:15
left. Kentucky converted on four third downs. Faced with a 3rd-and-4 from the
five-yard line, King caught the ball in the end zone to cut the gap to 28-17
with 3:49 remaining.
After South Carolina went three-and-out, Kentucky bridged the third and fourth
frames with an eight-play, 76-yard drive. On 4th-and-1 from midfield, Cobb
rushed for 12 yards, and Matthews caught a 38-yard TD pass on the next play. A
failed two-point conversion kept the score at 28-23 with 13:09 remaining.
After each team went three-and-out, the Gamecocks took over at their own five
with 10:07 remaining. South Carolina gained just one first down before punting
the ball away.
The Wildcats took over at their own 32 with 7:31 to go. Two complete passes to
Matthews put the ball near midfield, and Cobb later caught a five-yard pass on
third down for a fresh set of downs. On a 3rd-and-3 from the 36, Matthews
caught a nine-yard pass, but the game came down to a 4th-and-7 from the 24,
and Hartline found a wide-open Cobb down the right sideline for the eventual
game-winning TD. A successful two-point conversion put the Wildcats in front
by three, 31-28, with 1:15 left.
"Most of the game, I was being double covered. I had two men on me, but Chris
(Mathews) was having an amazing game," Cobb said. "That last play, Chris
(Mathews) ran a little sit route and I ran the corner and the safety and
corner jumped Chris (Mathews) because he had been making plays and getting the
ball all night, which left me wide open. Mike (Hartline) stood in there and
took a hit and we got the touchdown."
South Carolina got to Kentucky's 20-yard line via Tori Gurley's 18-yard catch.
The Gamecocks called their final timeout with 11 ticks to go, but instead of
the field goal unit coming on to the field, Garcia brought the offense out and
was picked off in the end zone by Mosley to end the game.
South Carolina started out hot, needing just six plays to find the end zone.
Lattimore capped the 72-yard march with a 30-yard TD run. The Gamecocks put
together a nine-play, 88-yard drive on their next possession, with Alshon
Jeffery's three-yard touchdown catch making it 14-0 with 4:40 remaining.
Garcia was picked off Winston Guy Jr. late in the first quarter. Kentucky
capitalized with an eight-play, 56-yard drive that King ended with a 10-yard
TD catch to cut the gap to 14-7 with 13:10 left until half.
South Carolina fought right back with a touchdown of its own. Lattimore
converted a 3rd-and-5 with a 48-yard catch, and a few plays later scampered
into the end zone from 10 yards to make it a 21-7 game with 9:55 to go.
The Wildcats got to eight-yard line of the Gamecocks, but had to settle for a
26-yard Craig McIntosh field goal. On the third play of South Carolina's
ensuing possession, Lattimore caught a 47-yard TD pass to give the Gamecocks a
28-10 lead with about two minutes remaining.
South Carolina owns a 14-7-1 series lead over Kentucky...The Gamecocks have
their highest national ranking since the week of October 20, 2007, when the
team was ranked No. 6 heading into its meeting with Vanderbilt...Kentucky was
without standout tailback Derrick Locke (shoulder)...Jeffery caught six passes
for 65 yards.
10/16 23:57:11 ET