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Postgame notes from South Carolina

 

(Photo via UK Athletics)

It’s been a slow morning recovering from the heartbreak in Commonwealth Stadium last night. Take a look at some interesting tidbits provided by UK Athletics.

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Team Notes

— South Carolina now leads the series 16-7-1, including 9-4 in Lexington.

— Kentucky now owns a 135-113-4 overall record at Commonwealth Stadium.

— UK blocked a punt for the first time since Danny Trevathan blocked a punt vs. Georgia on Nov. 8, 2008.

UK owns a 39-185-5 record all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

— The UK defense held South Carolina to 26 total rushing yards on 19 attempts in the first half and limited the Gamecocks to 108 total yards in the first period.

— The Wildcats owned a 17-7 lead at halftime. The Gamecocks entered the game having outscored its opponents 73-19 in the first half.

Individual Notes

— Freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow completed 12-of-23 passes for 114 yards, also rushing 16 times for one touchdown.

— Junior running back Raymond Sanders notched his second rushing touchdown of the year and the fifth of his career.

— Linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree has made at least one big play (QB sack, tackle for loss, fumble caused, fumble recovery or pass breakup) in nine consecutive games.

— Junior defensive lineman Tristan Johnson recorded his first career sack, finishing with six tackles.

— Sophomore linebacker Miles Simpson set a new career-high with 12 tackles, eclipsing his previous career high of seven tackles vs. Kent State.

— Kicker Craig McIntosh made his third field goal of the season. He is now is 3-for-7 on the year and is 26-for-36 in his four-year career.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

17 Comments for Postgame notes from South Carolina



  1. BlueCat
    11:33 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Yawn! Wake me up when we hire a REAL football coach!



  2. FrigFullofBeer
    11:40 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch and Kentucky wants to fix shunken ship of a football program, Hire Kirby Smart and get Randy Sanders on his staff and get Tee Martin back!!!!



  3. FrigFullofBeer
    11:42 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I mean Randy Shannon^



  4. TampaCat
    11:46 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    2. 3. I like it, you are on to something…



  5. barn
    11:46 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    we’ve only beaten ranked teams 39 times? wow, that’s embarrassing



  6. DUH!
    12:18 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    LIMITED them to 108 yds in the first quarter? Thats 432 yds in a game. Yep…we held them to 348 yds, and 38 pts. When did they start a moral victory bowl for teams that tried?



  7. FrigFullofBeer
    12:20 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Our defense is really soft, And reasoning for Kirby Smart… No big deal here right??? under Smart’s tutelage, the 2011 defense led the nation in all five major categories including total defense (183.6 ypg), scoring defense (8.2 ppg), rushing defense (72.2 ypg), passing defense (111.5 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.69 rating). Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, a finalist for the Lombardi Award, the Lott Trophy, the Butkus Award and the Bednarik Award, led the team in total tackles with 85. The first-team All-SEC selection has also recorded 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, eight quarterback hurries, one interception and a blocked kick. Hightower also became the latest in a line of first-round linebackers produced at Alabama, going to the New England Patriots with the 25th pick of the first round in 2012.

    Smart’s rebuilding job in 2010 was impressive as the Tide remained one of the nation’s elite defensive units while replacing nearly the entire defense (nine starters). Alabama led the SEC and ranked third nationally in scoring defense (13.5 ppg) and fifth nationally in total defense (286.4 ypg). UA also ranked first in the SEC (sixth in the NCAA) in pass efficiency defense. Safety Mark Barron and defensive lineman Marcell Dareus earned first-team All-SEC honors while Hightower, safety Robert Lester and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick were second-team All-SEC selections.



  8. Blue Jesus
    12:21 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    40% of McIntosh’s misses have come this year.



  9. The word SUCK
    12:22 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I am offended that people say Joker sucks.



  10. In all honesty
    12:22 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I’d rather read the obituaries than tidbits from UK’s latest ass-whoopin



  11. Tomas
    12:26 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Would you guys stop with Kirby Smart. Why would he leave Alabama for Kentucky. In a couple of years he can name his job, why would he not wait? Also that copy and paste job you did with his stats miss one thing. He did all that with Nick Saban who also a defensive genius, and he had a whole lot more talent than he would get at Kentucky.



  12. james
    12:32 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    lol. My post stayed up about 1 minute. As expected KSR. Truth hurts.



  13. niaps
    12:34 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The Cats played over their heads the first half and it showed the second . Too many plain luck plays in 1st to keep going for them in 2nd half. i really like Whitlow but due to inexperience plays were numbered and USC played much smarter the 2nd half. Face it folks we never had a real chance after Smith went down. Great effort by the D, but just too much time on field in the 2nd half to continue to stop them . Cats do have some really good young talent and will show great strides as they play but maybe 2 years away from another bowl game at best.



  14. FrigFullofBeer
    12:35 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Ok I will stop with the Kirby Smart if you can name someone better? Money talks the guy is proven why wouldnt he consider coming here… I was giving some tidbits of what he has done! If you can win at places like Kansas St. South Carolina, West Virginia, and Baylor then why can’t it be done here as well… Yes Saban has everything to do what Bama has done, not saying UK will compete with top 10 teams every year but no reason UK can not be top two or three in SEC east and have chance to beat the best on even giving Saturday



  15. KCK
    12:59 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The Joke’s still on us.



  16. Jim
    1:36 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    What we should have learned about Joker’s system last night. Whitlow showed some of his great athletic ability in the first half. He is a Cobb type in his ability to run but his passing game is limited. But even with Whitlow’s good running skills, Towles is a better passer.

    Joker’s system will never allow neither Whitlow or Towles reach their full potential. Joker tries to fit everyone into his failed system instead of building a system to fit great young talent. That’s why coach Cal alters his system for some of his talented recruits who may not be better suited for the dribble drive offence.

    Towles is better suited in a pure passing offence while Whitlow could be great in the Wildcat formation and his ability as a running back or receiver. Had Joker been willing to make this move with Towles and Whitlow, he may not have won many games this season, but he would have won back the hearts of Ky fans. But not Joker, he only seems to see his system and not the future.

    It’s time to hire an exciting offensive coordinator as head coach to build a system around these two young talented athlets.



  17. niaps
    2:44 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The next coach is gonna have some fine talent to play with next year. Hopefully someone who knows how to use players to their best abilities. Morgan Newton is a good example. This coaching staff should have seen years ago that he was no QB. Had he been developed into a tight end or power running back this talented player could have DEVELOPED INTO A GOOD IF NOT GREAT SEC CALIBER player. This staff just doesn’t see what can be instead only sees what they hope to see.