Breakdown: South Carolina at Kentucky

Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at the match-up between the Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at the match-up between the Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

South Carolina at Kentucky

When: Saturday, October 16, 6 pm Eastern
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

South Carolina's Schedule
9/2 – vs. Southern Miss W 41-13
9/11 – vs. Georgia W 17-6
9/18 – vs. Furman W 38-19
9/25 – at Auburn L 35-27
10/9 – vs. Alabama W 35-21
10/16 – at Kentucky
10/23 – at Vanderbilt
10/30 – vs. Tennessee
11/6 – vs. Arkansas
11/13 – at Florida
11/20 – vs. Troy
11/27 – at Clemson

Statistical Leaders

South Carolina Rushing: Marcus Lattimore 107 carries, 459 yards, eight TDs
Kentucky Rushing: Derrick Locke 108 carries, 574 yards, seven TDs
South Carolina Passing: Stephen Garcia 73-101, 944 yards, eight TDs, three ints
Kentucky Passing: Mike Hartline 125-188, 1442 yards, nine TDs, three ints
South Carolina Receiving: Alshon Jeffery 34 catches, 625 yards, four TDs
Kentucky Receiving: Randall Cobb 32 catches, 403 yards, four TDs
South Carolina Tackles: DeVonte Holloman, 32 tackles, 1 for loss
Kentucky Tackles: Danny Trevathan, 59 tackles, eight for loss
South Carolina Sacks: Melvin Ingram, Devin Taylor 3.5 each
Kentucky Sacks: Mark Crawford, Luke McDermott 2 each
South Carolina Interceptions: Three with one
Kentucky Interceptions: Four with one

Team Statistics

Rushing Offense: Kentucky 176.5 – South Carolina 156.8
Passing Offense: Kentucky 257.5 - South Carolina 217.6
Total Offense: Kentucky 434 – South Carolina 374.4
Scoring Offense: Kentucky 36 - South Carolina 31.6
Rushing Defense: Kentucky 190.3 - South Carolina 109.8
Passing Defense: Kentucky 153.2 - South Carolina 255.2
Total Defense: Kentucky 343.5 - South Carolina 365
Scoring Defense: Kentucky 30.2 - South Carolina 18.8
Turnover Margin: Kentucky 0 - South Carolina -.2

Kentucky has lost to South Carolina every season for over a decade an unbelievable streak for the Wildcats considering South Carolina isn't Florida or Tennessee traditionally. However this season South Carolina may be the favorite to win the SEC East and with Steve Spurrier (17-0 career vs. UK) on the sideline, Kentucky will come in against the Wildcats as the favorite once again.

South Carolina boasts a stout rushing defense and Kentucky will have to find a way to run the ball effectively against that defense. The Wildcats cannot become one dimensional, relying on Hartline's arm to make plays. The task becomes harder because Kentucky's leading rusher, Derrick Locke, is out with a shoulder injury. Sophomore Donald Russell and freshman Raymond Sanders are both going to have to step in and provide the Wildcats with a rushing threat. Kentucky can't allow South Carolina's defense to control their running game with the front seven. If they can force the Gamecocks to put eight into the box to stop the run, then Kentucky should be able to stretch the field with Randall Cobb, Chris Matthews and LaRod King.

Defensively, Kentucky will have to contain Stephen Garcia. Garcia isn't known as a running quarterback, per se, but he can get out of the pocket and hurt his opponent if necessary. The freshman running back, Marcus Lattimore, has been a force this season and is generally hard to bring down. The Wildcat defense will have to wrap up and hold on while help arrives when trying to bring him down. Kentucky will likely play its normal base defense with some nickel thrown in on passing downs. But the Wildcats will have to be more unpredictable to hold the Gamecocks back offensively.

Final Analysis
Kentucky has an opportunity to win today, should the keep Garcia in the pocket and hold South Carolina to field goals in many of their redzone trips. The Wildcats cannot allow the Gamecocks to burn clock with long drives and wear down an already shaky defense. Kentucky's passing game will have to take up the slack today as the running game will likely suffer due to the South Carolina defense and the loss of Derrick Locke. Final Score: South Carolina 34, Kentucky 24

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