Cats Start Strong, Lose 38-17

Contributor: Alex Risen
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Updated: 9/29/2012 11:26 pm
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No. 6 South Carolina at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium, Sept. 29, 2012

FINAL SCORE: No. 6 South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17


Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the loss, Kentucky drops to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina improves to 5-0, 2-0 in the SEC.
  • South Carolina now leads the series 16-7-1, including 9-4 in Lexington.
  • Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, at home vs. Mississippi State. Game time is 12:21 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.  


Team Notes

  • UK now owns a 135-113-4 overall record at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • UK blocked a punt for the first time since Danny Trevathan blocked a punt vs. Georgia on Nov. 8, 2008.
  • UK owns a 39-185-5 record all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 20/25 Poll.
  • The UK defense held South Carolina to 26 total rushing yards on 19 attempts in the first half and limited the Gamecocks to 108 total yards in the first period.
  • The Wildcats owned a 17-7 lead at halftime. The Gamecocks entered the game having outscored its opponents 73-19 in the first half.
  • UK held South Carolina – who entered the game averaging 424.2 yards of offense per game – to 348 yards of total offense, the second-lowest offensive output for the Gamecocks this year, behind a 272-yard offensive game in a USC win at Vanderbilt during the opening weekend of action.


Individual Notes

  • Freshman QB Jalen Whitlow played his first extensive action of the year, replacing the injured Maxwell Smith in the first quarter. 
    • Whitlow completed 12-of-23 passes for 114 yards, also rushing 16 times for one touchdown.
    • His eight-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter was his first career touchdown.
  • Junior TB Raymond Sanders notched his second rushing touchdown of the year and the fifth of his career.
    • Sanders finished with 14 carries for 59 yards and one touchdown.
  • Senior WR La’Rod King caught two passes for 17 yards.
    • King now has 1,462 receiving yards in his career, staying at 10th place on the UK all-time receiving yards list. 
  • Junior Donte Rumph notched his second sack of the year and the third of his career, finishing with six tackles.
  • Linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree has made at least one big play (QB sack, tackle for loss, fumble caused, fumble recovery or pass breakup) in nine consecutive games.
    • Dupree finished with nine tackles, including 1.5 sacks. It marked his first career multi-sack game.
  • Junior Tristan Johnson recorded his first career sack, finishing with six tackles.
  • Freshman WR A.J. Legree charted his first career multiple-catch game, with two receptions for 25 yards, including a 20-yard grab in the first half.
  • Sophomore fullback Darrell “D.J.” Warren rushed for the first time of the year, a two-yard run.
  • Freshman DB Daron Blaylock blocked a punt in the second quarter, UK’s first blocked punt since 2008 when Danny Trevathan blocked one against Georgia.
    • Blaylock also recorded his second career pass break-up and his first since the win over Kent State.
  • Senior Collins Ukwu notched half a sack in a four-tackle effort. He now has three sacks on the year.
  • Senior Taylor Wyndham recovered his first fumble of the year and the second of his career in the second quarter. Wyndham’s last fumble recovery came as a freshman in 2009.
  • Sophomore Miles Simpson set a new career-high with 12 tackles, eclipsing his previous career high of seven tackles vs. Kent State.
  • Linebacker Avery Williamson finished with 10 tackles, his third double-digit tackle effort of the year.
  • Senior Martavius Neloms recorded nine tackles, his second-most tackles in a game on the year.
  • Senior PK Craig McIntosh made his third field goal of the year, a 22-yard attempt to open the scoring in the first quarter.
    • McIntosh is 3-for-7 on the year and is 26-for-36 in his four-year career.

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LexBarnes - 9/30/2012 1:37 PM
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For the first time in a while I was encouraged by the Cats play Saturday (and they should be too) and applaud Coach Phillips for giving the true freshman Whitlow chance. After all, they were playing the Number 6 Ranked team in the Nation. The Cats will definetly rack up some wins if they continue to play as they did against South Carolina.
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