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Throwback Thursday: Three years of beating South Carolina

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

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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?”

JoJo Kemp on UK's big night

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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

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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

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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

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

2017: ?

Let’s make it four in a row.

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3 Comments for Throwback Thursday: Three years of beating South Carolina

    2:23 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

    Sure has been fun while it lasted. All signs are pointing to a rough Saturday night. I’m pullin’ for ya CATS but my psychic (who’s never wrong…LOL) is saying USC 37 – UK 17. Ha.. what does SHE know!? We’ll find out in a couple of days….

  2. CatBlue in LR
    12:52 pm September 15, 2017 Permalink

    That’s not a safety, TT. That’s a defensive two-point conversion.

  3. LegggoooCats
    2:45 pm September 15, 2017 Permalink

    Love my Cats, but we’re not nearly as good as the preseason hype and expectations. The next couple weeks will be losses.