UK/USC - News & Notes

South Carolina improves to 5-2 on the season, 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky falls to 1-5, 0-3 in the SEC.


South Carolina improves to 9-6-1 in the overall series versus Kentucky. The Gamecocks now lead 6-3 in games played in Lexington.

The Gamecocks improve to 4-3-1 in games versus the Wildcats decided by seven points or less.

Three players made their first career starts, junior fullback Justin Sprowles, redshirt freshman linebacker Joe Schuler, and freshman linebacker Wesley Woodyard.

The Kentucky defense generated a season-high five takeaways, including two fumble recoveries by cornerback Earven Flowers. The Cats had seven takeaways in five games entering the South Carolina contest.

Freshman Marcus McClinton recorded his first career interception with 8:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Muhammad Abdullah's first-half interception was his second interception of the season and sixth of his career.

Earven Flowers recorded his first career sack in today's game when he brought down Syvelle Newton for a loss of three yards.

UK took the lead with a 23-play, 94-yard drive that consumed 11:54 of clock. Alexis Bwenge capped the drive with a two-yard plunge into the endzone, his third TD of the season. On the drive, Kentucky converted six third-down conversions. The Cats' previous longest drive of the season was 80 yards against Indiana.

Glenn Holt set his career high in receptions (10) and receiving yardage (59). His previous high for receptions was seven against earlier this year against Florida, while his yardage high was 53 last month against Indiana.

Holt is the first UK receiver to record 10 pass receptions in a game since Derek Abney had 10 vs. Arkansas in 2003.

Taylor Begley extended his school-record successful PAT streak to 67.

Kentucky converted 62 percent of its third-down attempts (11-of-18), the first time UK has been over 50 percent in that category since beating Mississippi State last season.

Tonight's game was the 2004 Homecoming game for Kentucky. The Homecoming Queen is Jill Holloway, a senior from Paducah and also a student assistant in the UK Media Relations Office. The Homecoming King is Will Nash, a junior from Glasgow.

Kentucky returns to action Saturday, Oct. 23 when it travels to Auburn, Ala., to face the Tigers.

South Carolina has a bye week before facing Tennessee at home on October 30.

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