Cats knock off ‘Cocks, bowl bid looks promising

For the first time since 2010, Kentucky football got a road win, defeating South Carolina for the second consecutive season in a 26-22 victory Saturday.

Similar to week one, UK got out to a strong start in the first half, leading the Gamecocks 24-7. The ‘Cats put together four impressive scoring drives that resulted in rushing touchdowns from JoJo Kemp, Mikel Horton and Patrick Towles, along with a field goal from Austin MacGinnis.

Also like in week one, Kentucky struggled in the second half, their only two points coming when South Carolina fumbled attempting a game-tying two-point conversion, which led to a 98-yard return from UK’s Denzel Ware.

UK punted the ball on its first five possessions, but an interception by Kentucky-freshman Chris Westry with 4:26 left in the game allowed the UK offense to run out the clock and get a 2-0 start to the season.

In the latest ESPN bowl projections, both columnists predict Kentucky to take on Memphis in the December 30 Birmingham Bowl.

Courtesy of ESPN.com
Courtesy of ESPN.com

The ‘Cats return home to face Florida on Saturday, as they look to break another losing streak, having lost to the Gators 28 consecutive times.

  • Florida (2-0, 0-0) at Kentucky (2-0, 1-0)
    Saturday, Sept. 19 – 7:30 p.m.
    Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Ky.
    TV: SEC Network
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