FOOTBALL: South Carolina - Kentucky Game Preview

South Carolina and Kentucky are set to do battle this Saturday on homecoming day for the University of Kentucky.

7 p.m. ET * Lexington, Ky. * Commonwealth Stadium (67,606)
LIVE TELEVISION: Gamecock Sports Properties (PPV in South Carolina)(Mike Morgan, play-by-play; George Rogers, color analyst)

Head Coach: Lou Holtz (Kent State, '59)
Overall/Yrs: 247-129-7 (.654) / 33rd Season
USC/Yrs: 31-34 (.477) / 6th Season
National Rankings: rv - USA Today/ESPN
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple
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Key Players

QB Syvelle Newton (6-2, 196, So., Wallace, S.C.)
Second in the SEC in pass efficiency (155.79) ... Has completed 39-of-71 passes this season for 743 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs ... Is 9th in the SEC in total offense, averaging 153.33 yards per game ... Last week vs. Ole Miss, completed 12-of-27 passes for 291 yards and a TD and also rushed for 65 yards and a TD ... Played receiver in 2003, with 12 catches for 277 yards.

WR Troy Williamson (6-2, 200, Jr., Jackson, S.C.)
Leads the SEC in receiving yards per game and tied for 8th in receptions per game in 2004 ... Has 23 catches for 619 yards this season, an average of 26.9 yards per catch, and 5 TDs ... Caught five passes against South Florida for 210 yards and 3 scores ... For his career, has 71 catches for 1,538 yards and 11 TDs ... Owns USC and SEC mark for longest pass reception with 99 yarder last season against Virginia.

DE George Gause (6-5, 270, Sr., Conway, S.C.)
Started 25 of 29 games over last three seasons ... Recorded five sacks in 2003, which tied for team lead ... Earned first career start in 2002 Outback Bowl and had 10 tackles, two for losses and a sack against Ohio State ... Has 23 stops this season, including 1.5 sacks ... Had a sack and pass deflection against Troy.

LB Marcus Lawrence (6-3, 236, Sr., Aiken, S.C.)
Leads the Gamecocks in tackles with 38 (27 solos) ... Also has two stops behind the line (-5), two forced fumbles, a pass deflection and a safety ... Second-leading tackler in 2003 with 99 stops ... Had team high 14 stops against Georgia and 10 tackles against Alabama.


South Carolina leads the SEC in least amount of passing TDs given up (3) ... Carolina is second in the SEC in percentage of rushing plays executed (66.91, 273 of 408).

KENTUCKY (1-4, 0-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Rich Brooks (Oregon State, '63)
Overall/Yrs: 96-121-4 (.443) / 20th Season
UM/Yrs: 5-12 (.294) / 2nd Season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple Sets * Defense - 3-4
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Key Players

PK Taylor Begley (6-0, 198, Jr., Danville, Ky.)
Leads the SEC in field goal percentage, hitting 6-of-7 attempts (85.7) ... Has also connected on all nine of his PAT attempts this season ... Connected on a career-long 52 yard FG against Alabama ... Also had a 51-yarder against Florida this season ... Has connected on a school-record 66 straight PAT attempts ... Has made 21-of-31 career field goals.

DE Sweet Pea Burns (6-2, 264, Sr., Lake Park, Ga.)
First-team All-SEC in 2003 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Mobile Register ... Second-team All-SEC in 2002 ... Led SEC in TFLs in 2003 with 18.0 (-62 yards) ... Named team's outstanding defensive player by UK coaching staff in 2003 ... Recorded 72 tackles last season, most by a UK defensive lineman since 1991 ... Has 13 tackles, two for losses, an interception and a forced fumble this season.

OG Jason Rollins (6-5, 285, Sr., Mt. Vernon, Ohio)
Named UK Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2003 by coaching staff ... Three-year starter at left offensive guard ... Has played in 36 games in his career, starting 34.

QB Shane Boyd (6-2, 228, Sr., Lexington, Ky.)
Has completed 68-of-137 passes this season for 694 yards with 3 TDs and 5 INTs ... Has started 11 career games and played in 31 overall in his four-year career ... Has also rushed for 183 yards this season ... Has 2,581 career total offensive yards ... Against Indiana, completed 21-of-30 passes for 205 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INTs and rushed for 130 yards on 17 carries and 2 TDs.


Kentucky has gained only 7 opponents' turnovers, which is lowest in the SEC ... Opponents average starting field position against Kentucky is its 35-yard line, highest in the SEC.

Record: USC, 8-6-1 * Last: USC, 27-21 (10/9/2003 at Columbia)

South Carolina has won the last four meetings ... In games played in Lexington, Carolina leads, 5-3 ... The last UK win in the series was a 30-10 decision in 1999 at Columbia ... The last UK win in Lexington was a 33-28 contest in 1998 ... The teams have met every year since 1992, when USC came into the SEC ... The teams met three times beforehand (1937-78-81) ... Seven of the 12 meetings since 1992 have been decided by a TD-or-less ... Lou Holtz is 4-1 against Kentucky while Rich Brooks is 0-1 against the Gamecocks ... UK wide receivers coach Joker Phillips served in a similar capacity on the USC coaching staff during the 2002 season ... It's Homecoming on the UK campus ... Kentucky has posted a 43-15 (.741) record in Homecoming games ... UK defeated Ohio U., 35-14, in last season's Homecoming game ... UK defeated Carolina, 33-28, in the 1998 UK Homecoming game ... In last season's game, Carolina held off Kentucky, 27-21, in a Thursday night game ... Carolina held a 27-7 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Wildcats scored two TDs to close out the scoring ... USC QB Dondrial Pinkins threw for 184 yards and rushed for 27 more while the UK QB tandem of Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd each had a passing TD.

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