Outside of a handful of redshirt seniors, no one on South Carolina’s roster knows what it’s like to beat Kentucky. In a bizarre role reversal, the Cats will be the ones riding a three-year winning streak into Saturday’s game in Columbia, and if you think Will Muschamp is using that to motivate his squad this week, you’re right.
Today, Muschamp told reporters that he reminded his team of their three-year losing streak to Kentucky after Saturday’s win over Missouri.
â€œI told the guys in the locker room after the last ball game, our seniors haven’t beaten these guys,” Muschamp said. “Thatâ€™s not something we need to allow to happen. Weâ€™ll start to be focused on Kentucky this week. We understand whatâ€™s at stake. Itâ€™s the SEC East. Itâ€™s the home opener. There are a lot of things.”
Senior safety Chris Lammons admitted the losing streak is fresh in the team’s mind.
â€œThey beat us the last three years, but we burn that up,â€ Lammons said. â€œBut when we look back at the past three years, itâ€™s nothing that they did. Itâ€™s something that we missed, they broke big runs and scored in the end zone. We just have to fix the things that we did wrong.â€
Sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley, who didn’t play last year vs. the Cats, said he’s ready to put it all on the line for the seniors.
“For our seniors, that’s a big deal for us,” Bentley said. “They haven’t beaten Kentucky. That’s really who I’m preparing for this week, for our seniors, to give them the win they deserve.”
â€œThe seniors know they havenâ€™t beat them in their time here and we want to see if we can change that,â€ he added.
Usually the hungry underdog, let’s hope Kentucky can find their own motivation to keep the streak alive on Saturday.