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Kentucky held the ball for nearly 37 minutes of game time.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp on Kentucky: ‘They whipped us up front’

Kentucky extended its winning streak to four games in a row over South Carolina as the Wildcats beat the Gamecocks 23-13 on Saturday night.

Kentucky (3-0, 1-0 SEC) used a ball-control offense, converting 9-of-16 third downs, to keep the ball away from a dangerous South Carolina offense. The Wildcats held the ball for nearly 37 minutes of game time.

Here’s what South Carolina players and coaches had to say about Kentucky’s performance:

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp

  • “I don’t know if it was gashing us, it was bleeding us out. Third down was the issue.”
  • “They had a couple runs here and there. [Benny] Snell [Jr.] is a big back. He gets positive yardage; that’s what he does. His longest rush of the game was 12 yards. I’m not saying that’s good, I’m just saying I don’t know if the run game was killing us.”
  • “They had a 54-yard scramble, which is in our pass stats. They had about 130 yards on about 45 carries. That’s right at about 3 yards per carry. That’s not a huge gash in the game.”
  • “They (Kentucky) whipped us up front. I was extremely disappointed in that, and I didn’t feel like we were able to get it going in the second half.”
  • “We had an opportunity there at the end to get off the field, and we had a quarterback scramble for 54 yards. I’m extremely disappointed. I hate it for our fans, because they were certainly excited to be there. We had a wonderful environment that they created, and we certainly didn’t follow up. We had our opportunities early, and we didn’t convert. It’s disappointing. Give Kentucky credit for winning the game.”

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley

  • “If we can’t stay on the field on third down, you’re not going to be very successful on offense. Credit to [Kentucky], they had a lot of different looks.”