It’s been a long time since Kentucky won a road game, but it’s been even longer since they won at South Carolina. Dusty Bonner was the quarterback and Lou Holtz was in his first year as the head coach of the Gamecocks. The Cats won 30-10 over a team that wouldn’t win a game all year.
As chronicled by John Clay in the October 10, 1999 edition of the Herald-Leader, Mumme’s offense wasn’t up to par, but South Carolina was so bad that the defense, led by Jeff Snedegar, held the Gamecocks to only 78 yards of offense before they busted a 78-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
“We weren’t clicking today,” Mumme said. “It was very similar to last year’s Indiana game, and the defense bailed us out. The good news is we got an SEC road win without playing very good on offense.”
Here’s some names you probably haven’t heard in awhile. Safety Anthony Wadja scooped and scored a touchdown for the Cats. Brad Pyatt caught a 27-yard touchdown in double coverage after an Eric Kelly interception. James Whalen was leading the SEC in receptions after catching 9 passes.
Even though it must have been fun covering Mumme’s explosive audience, I wish I could have interviewed Jeff Snedegar and his amazing mustache. He said after the game, “We can’t afford to look ahead. We ain’t that good yet.”