Cats fall to South Carolina 28-26

Kentucky played what may have been their best game of the season despite losing starting quarterback Mike Hartline to a knee injury.

Behind over 200 yards of total offense from Randall Cobb and a strong ground effort from Derrick Locke (89 yards, 25 carries), the Wildcats appeared poised to finally end a nine game losing streak to South Carolina.

Unfortunately many big plays were negated by penalties and special teams problems.

The Wildcats continually gave up great field position to the Gamecocks in the first half with bad kick coverage and freshman receiver Alshon Jeffrey took advantage with two of his three touchdowns in the first half.

Kentucky made a game of it behind Locke's strong running and a solid effort from Mike Hartline prior to his injury. The Wildcat defense also forced two turnovers, forcing Stephen Garcia into an interception and a fumble.

The game turning play appeared to be a fake field goal attempt in the third quarter when Randall Cobb took a fake on 4th and six and was unable to make the first down. Had the Wildcats executed the field goal, the game may have changed dramatically.

The Wildcats offense put up 361 yards of total offense, a season high given up by the South Carolina defense.

Kentucky had a chance to tie the game with under five minutes to go when Randall Cobb, in the Wildcat formation, took the ball into the endzone for a touchdown. The Wildcats were then down 28-26. Backup quarterback Will Fidler came into the game and his pass for two points was incomplete.

The Wildcats defense had one more opportunity to stop the Gamecocks, but Steve Spurrier's offense gained two more first downs, icing the game and running out the clock.

Kentucky now prepares to travel to Auburn, to take on the Tigers. Kentucky will likely play the game without starting quarterback Mike Hartline who's knee injury was termed "significant" by Rich Brooks after the game. It's likely that corner Trevard Lindley will also miss this game as well.


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