Senior Dylan Thompson’s passion for his team and the game of football came through in the stagnant silence on the microphone following the 45-38 loss to Kentucky in Lexington. The quarterback was at a loss for words after the match-up Saturday night.
“You never know how a season is going to turn out, you don’t. Obviously you don’t expect to lose a game where things are going well, where you feel like you have control of it, and just blow it, and that’s what we did,” stated Thompson following Saturday night’s loss.
Thompson finished out 23-of-37 for 218-yard against the Wildcats with three interceptions and blamed himself after the loss.
“I mean you can’t turn the ball over three times on the road and expect to win, and I was the reason for that,” said Thompson.
The Wildcats fought back to put 17-points on the board in the second quarter, bringing the half to a dead 17-17 score.
Into the third, Kentucky took its first lead of the night with a 48-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Towles to Ryan Timmons. South Carolina’s Shon Carson was quick to answer back and tie up the 24-score with a 25-yard run, and quarterback Dylan Thompson sealed off a lead at the end of the third quarter with a 12-yard pass to Pharoh Cooper.
The moment of truth came in the fourth quarter for the Gamecocks. Mike Davis brought in his third touchdown of the night with a 26-yard rush. He rushed 23 times for a career-high 183-yards and moved up to 16th all-time in rushing at South Carolina with 2,009 career yards.
“It’s frustrating,” said Davis, “but you know we have leaders on our team that pick guys up, telling guys that it’s not over. it’s not the end of the world.”
JoJo Kemp, an all-star for the Wildcats Saturday, brought in two more touchdowns for the night to crush the 14-point deficit in the fourth.
The “freak” Alvin Dupree finished off the Wildcats 45-38 win with a six-yard interception return for a touchdown off a pass deflection with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
“Y’all watched it. We’re not a great team.” said head coach Steve Spurrier following the game on Saturday. “You know that. Hopefully we play better the rest of the season. I told the guys we’re going to try to have a winning season somehow and we have to do some work to do that. We’ll obviously try to make some changes somewhere. I don’t know exactly where, but we have to do something different.”
Take a look at what head coach Steve Spurrier had to say following the game on Saturday night.