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Kentucky Shakes Off Catastrophic Start En Route to Fourth Consecutive Victory Over South Carolina 23-13

There are slow starts, there are bad starts and then there’s whatever Kentucky did today in Columbia, South Carolina.

On the first play from scrimmage, the safety fell for the play-action fake.  It left Deebo Samuel to scamper free for a 68-yard touchdown.  That was just the beginning.

On Kentucky’s second offensive play, Stephen Johnson forced a pass down the middle of the field to C.J. Conrad that was picked off by linebacker Skai Moore.  The next time the Cats got the ball, there was another fumbled snap in the Wildcat.

Everything that could go wrong, went wrong, yet the Cats only trailed 6-0.  Kentucky seized the opportunity and never looked back.

Kentucky responded by methodically marching down the field for a 13-play 75-yard drive that ended with a Benny Snell touchdown, his first of two on the day.  With the extra point, UK took the lead and never lost it again.

After scoring in two straight weeks on special teams, it’s what cost South Carolina the game.  They left ten points on the board with three missed three field goals and a missed extra point.  They almost cut the Kentucky lead to five before half, but a delay of game penalty negated the 49-yard make.

Jake Bentley tried to will the Gamecocks back and almost succeeded.  Bentley was masterful in the art of the dink and dunk, completing 16 consecutive passes in one stretch.  He was able to reach the corner of the end zone late in the fourth quarter, but it was already after the South Carolina offense failed on two second half fourth down attempts.

Kentucky looked like they were going to let the game slip away after the late South Carolina score, but Stephen Johnson was having none of that.  Runs from 23 and 54 yards led to Kentucky field goals that put the game out of reach.

The Wildcats looked bad before they looked beautiful, but it sure was one beautiful win over South Carolina, something Kentucky has been able to say for four consecutive years.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

52 Comments for Kentucky Shakes Off Catastrophic Start En Route to Fourth Consecutive Victory Over South Carolina 23-13



  1. TakenNotGiven
    11:06 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    It’s a party it’s a party it’s a party



  2. bailey000
    11:06 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s hear all u fare weather idiots now. Go Big Blue



    • AGSlater
      11:27 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Bet if we lost you woulda ran and hid



    • ClutchCargo
      11:41 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater would rather defend her shitty attitude than enjoy a big win. Smh



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:42 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      She’s super salty tonight…. LOL



  3. J-Dub421
    11:07 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    I would like to take this opportunity to tell all the negative haters who thought we were going to lose this game to suck it.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:09 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      I second that!



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:11 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      You mean people like this?

      chris43 September 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      You’ve had plenty of time Stoops. Is this really the best you can offer? We didn’t lose that much last year. There’s enough talent and depth on the roster to be a respectable team. But you go out and barely beat Southern Miss and actually trail at HOME to EKU?!? I mean really??? EKU was 33 point UNDERDOGS! This isn’t a talent thing….this is a coaching thing! Fire his ass!

      AGSlater September 10, 2017 at 10:43 pm | Permalink | Log in to reply.
      This team is pretty bad. Im sure cats runnin and runnin wild think we are a playoff contender. Freddie M probably thinks that great eku win was huge. SC will and should win by 14+

      AGSlater August 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      6-6 at best. Losing Boom will hurt. D Line stinks. Freddie M can spew his load he wants

      TBW3011 September 10, 2017 at 12:40 am | Permalink | Reply
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      Barker will be the QB before the season ends. Not due to injury either. Wait and see.

      TBW3011 September 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
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      Better be or we get humiliated. I’d say 42-14 USC based on what I’ve seen this year.

      chris43 September 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      I dread when we get into SEC play…it won’t be pretty.

      chris43 September 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      I don’t care if we end up winning….this is still pathetic. We returned a lot of players and we’re horrible. Stoops needs to be fried ASAP! Take him on a road game and give him the USC/Lane Kiffin treatment. This is pathetic. I dread the SEC.

      Luether September 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Ky is and should be an underdog playing at SC…



    • bailey000
      4:27 am September 17, 2017 Permalink

      Beautiful



    • 4everUKblue
      11:17 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Yep those people!



    • AGSlater
      11:27 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      You guys had this ready to post for 30 minutes. Ill take it though. Cats win



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:28 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      You said it yourself, loser. U mad?



    • 4everUKblue
      11:57 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure most of us know who our quarterback is….no disrespect to Barker.



  4. Living in TX But Heart Still in KY
    11:09 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    Seems like majority of BBN thought we were going to lose because USC beat…Missouri?! Sheesh…



    • Mathlete
      11:20 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      I never understood it. SC won their first two games on big special teams plays and turnovers, not on the parts of the game they could reasonably control. That’s the great part about how Stoops and his staff have built up UK – consistent, steady offense and hard hitting defense are very controllable characteristics



  5. Mathlete
    11:15 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve been waiting all week to get to say this…

    HEY DEEBO! You got knocked the f*ck out man!



  6. 4everUKblue
    11:15 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    Meanwhile UofLittleBrother is in a close game….



  7. KYcats11
    11:20 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    Go Big Blue! Big Cats win, and Loserville is losing, what more could you ask?

  8. C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!



  9. UK Big Board Update
    11:24 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone heard from Denny C or Luether?



    • Eazy
      10:18 am September 17, 2017 Permalink

      Louisville is not big time football. Over the last 4 years they have one top 25 win. UK and Vandy have 2 each.



  10. AGSlater
    11:25 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    You were right big board. Can you blame my pessimism after the first 2 games?Gran opened it up defense steps up. Go cats! Suck it cards



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:27 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Shut up, loser. No one is buying your bullshit.



    • AGSlater
      11:28 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Lol. Thats cool buddy. Keep thinking what you want. Ill even celebrate with you tonight. Cheers



    • 4everUKblue
      11:30 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Looking back I can’t recall one time you were optimistic about anything AG!



    • Mathlete
      11:30 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, it was clear they were just trying to get through the warm-up games without any more injuries and workshop the fundamentals in game action



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:34 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      He isn’t fooling anyone. He’s just pathetic at this point. (See comment 2.i)



    • 4everUKblue
      11:38 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      He’s been pathetic for quite a while BB!



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:00 am September 17, 2017 Permalink

      AG – Top 3 worst posters in the entire existence of KSR – Ad hominem but FACTUAL.
      Great win CATS



    • AGSlater
      12:28 am September 17, 2017 Permalink

      Top 3? How about #1. Ive been workin hard for that top spot suckas



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:39 am September 17, 2017 Permalink

      What a “UK fan” thing to say. Pathetic.



  11. Living in TX But Heart Still in KY
    11:31 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    Deebo out for season with broken leg



    • Mathlete
      11:38 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      SB Nation concurs, that’s tough for SC. I feel kind of bad for their fans, they were so spoiled under Spurrier but as his career trailed off and ever since they’ve just had one crushing disappointment after another



    • east-ky-boy
      11:39 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Just think, they taped him up and put him back in for a play or 2



    • 4everUKblue
      11:45 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t hate SC….. It was a lot more fun to beat them while Spurrier was coach.



    • Mathlete
      11:48 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

      Are they becoming football’s version of Arkansas? (They hate us, we only remember they exist when they’re next on our schedule)



  12. motorcitywings
    11:53 pm September 16, 2017 Permalink

    This is not the Kentucky football I’m used to. And it is awesome!! Stoops has got something going.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      12:09 pm September 17, 2017 Permalink

      did not kill themselves with penalties and overcame a disaster to start. Agree, this is not the same UK football. If we don’t get stupid penalties we can play with, and beat, anyone on our schedule.



  13. ClutchCargo
    1:07 am September 17, 2017 Permalink

    Yes, I just chugged a whole bunch of blue Kool-aid, but we’re beatin UF AND UT this season. Calling it now.