South Carolina-Kentucky live updates, score
Kentucky 17, South Carolina 6
- Deebo Samuel has caught 5 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
- Jake Bentley completed 16-straight passes, before an incomplete throw to K.C. Crosby, late in the period.
- The Gamecocks offense is 3-for-9 on third-down. The Wildcats are 8-of-12.
Kentucky 14, South Carolina 6
- Kentucky is 6-for-8 on third-down with a total of 12 first-downs.
- The Wildcats have out-gained the Gamecocks, 202-186. They’ve also possessed the ball for nearly 19 minutes.
- Deebo Samuel has 3 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Kentucky 7, South Carolina 6
- Jake Bentley has completed 2-of-8 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Deebo Samuel caught the touchdown pass, a 68-yard strike on the first play from scrimmage.
- Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson has completed 9-of-12 passes for 96 yards and an interception. Benny Snell scored the Wildcats touchdown.
- Dennis Daley started at left tackle in place of Malik Young
- Jamyest Williams started at safety with Chris Lammons
- Keir Thomas started at defensive tackle with Taylor Stallworth
South Carolina-Kentucky game time, information
When: Saturday, September 16
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
South Carolina-Kentucky preview
Notching a neutral-site win over N.C. State and a road win over Missouri to open SEC play, South Carolina finally comes home to a fan base that’s showing a lot of optimism for its team.
On Thursday afternoon, it was revealed that the game this weekend in Williams-Brice Stadium against SEC East foe Kentucky is officially sold out, according to the University of South Carolina Athletics ticket office.
South Carolina will play three of its next four games at home, welcoming Louisiana Tech a week from this Saturday and then hosting Arkansas after a visit to Texas A&M.
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On his weekly call-in show, coach Will Muschamp said junior reserve defensive back Steven Montac is a game-time decision.
“It doesn’t look good right now,” for Montac, who’s been dealing with a foot injury.
Montac played in the season opener against N.C. State, but was not part of the travel squad when South Carolina played at Missouri last week.
From Will Muschamp
- What is the identity of the offense right now? “I think we’re balanced in what we do. That’s what we want to be. … Take what the defense gives you.”
- South Carolina has won the field position battle in the first two games. “It’s a huge reason we’ve won those two games.”
- “I think we’re a stronger [defensive] front seven than we were a year ago [against Kentucky].”
South Carolina-Kentucky predictions
Hale McGranahan: South Carolina 33, Kentucky 20
Through the first two games of the season, it seems like all the breaks have gone SC’s way, so even if the luck runs out against Kentucky, the Gamecocks will have a fired-up crowd dressed in black to lean on when times get tough. That’s assuming that times get tough, but given recent history between these two teams, it’s safe to say that the Wildcats will make things difficult.
Defensively, Kentucky is ninth in the country against the run, allowing opponents to rush for 58.5 yards per game. However, those opponents were Southern Miss and Eastern Kentucky, two non-Power 5 teams that almost beat the Wildcats. Offensively, the Wildcats line is banged up. The line gave up 8 tackles for loss and 3 sacks to Eastern Kentucky. That bodes well for D.J. Wonnum, Bryson Allen-Williams and the rest of South Carolina’s pass rushers.
Mike Chapman: South Carolina 38, Kentucky 20
The forecast this weekend does not call for tropical storms, but instead calls for a Sandstorm in Columbia as the Gamecocks open Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2017 season. Even though the South Carolina holds a 17-10-1 all-time edge over Kentucky, the Wildcats have owned the Gamecocks lately, winning their last three matchups. I don’t see No. 4 happening Saturday. What we will see instead is a very motivated Gamecocks football team that should control this game from start to finish.
The Gamecocks are simply the better team. They look to be more talented and better coached. Most importantly, they have playmakers with game-breaking ability at every position on offense.