As we’ve reminded you all week, Kentucky has beaten South Carolina three years in a row. The Cats will go into Saturday’s game in Columbia as an underdog, but before we worry about that, let’s look back at the last three wins over the Gamecocks because they were a whole lot of fun.
2014: Kentucky 45, South Carolina 38
In many ways, this was the win that started it all.
Ryan Lemond gave a pep talk for the ages
Kentucky came into the game with a 3-1 record, the one loss being at Florida in triple overtime. Hopes were high for a program-changing win, so much so that UK called for a blackout and Ryan Lemond delivered one of his signature pep talks in the parking lot:
JoJo Kemp got the game ball
There’s just something about JoJo Kemp vs. South Carolina. Kemp did it all, carrying the ball 17 times for 131 yards and THREE touchdowns. He put the team on his back, catching the Gamecocks off guard in the Wildcat formation. JoJo pushed himself to the brink of exhaustion and actually had to be carried off the field before the last touchdown:
Who can forget his speech afterwards? “Why not Kentucky?”
Bud Dupree’s pick six sealed it
The current Pittsburgh Steeler helped seal Stoops’ first signature win with this pick six with two and a half minutes left:
This is when Kentucky’s “Grove Street Party” was born
It’s hard to believe there was a time when I hadn’t heard “Grove Street Party,” but it all began when the UK special teams danced to it after Ryan Timmons’ touchdown in the third quarter:
Three years later, people are still sending Drew Franklin snapchats of it.
We rushed the field
The school was fined $25,000 for it, but it was worth every penny.
“We’re just getting started, bro”
2015: Kentucky 26, South Carolina 22
A year later, Kentucky beat the Gamecocks in Columbia, the Cats’ first road win over five years, six years in the SEC. It was Kentucky’s first win at South Carolina since 1999.
At one point, Spurrier couldn’t bear to watch
— ThrowboyTees (@ThrowboyTees) September 13, 2015
This was Kentucky’s second straight win over the Ole Ball Coach.
Denzil Ware had the play of the game
South Carolina needed a two-point conversion to tie the game in the fourth quarter but fumbled the ball on the attempt. Denzil Ware scooped it up and ran it back 98 yards to put the Cats up by four with eight minutes left.
Chris Westry’s pick was huge
With Kentucky up by four with 4:32 left, Chris Westry intercepted Perry Orth’s pass, preventing South Carolina from getting back in the game. The ball actually came out of his hands when he hit the ground and a South Carolina player went after it but officials ruled that Westry was down before the fumble, and after a lengthy review, the call stood. Phew.
It was a “Grove Street Party” in the locker room
2016: Kentucky 17, South Carolina 10
With a 1-2 record to start the season and rumors swirling about Stoops before kickoff, Kentucky desperately needed a win. Thanks to a powerful rushing attack, they got it, their third straight over the Gamecocks.
It was the Benny and Boom Show
Benny Snell and Boom Williams combined for 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Boom’s 43-yard run to put Kentucky up by three was a thing of beauty:
Meanwhile, Snell basically took over the offense in the fourth quarter, leading Kentucky’s rushing attack and taking snaps in the Wildcat formation. He got a touchdown on this one:
More Grove Street!
The defense responded
After New Mexico State scored 42 points on Kentucky the week prior, Lee Corso called Kentucky’s defense the worst in the history of football. Ouch. Mark Stoops blasted the unit midway through the week, and against the Gamecocks, they responded, holding South Carolina to 10 points, 268 total yards, and 3-13 on third down.
A South Carolina player tried to hurdle Chris Westry and it didn’t work
That clip never gets old.
Another great locker room moment
This is one fired up locker room!
– UK Stoops Troops (@UKStoopsTroops) September 25, 2016
Let’s make it four in a row.