S. Carolina 23, Kentucky 9
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Steve Taneyhill connected on two touchdown passes to Monty Means, including a 52-yarder with 3:38 to go, to lead South Carolina to a 23-9 victory over Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference on Saturday night.
The winning drive came after Kentucky (1-3, 0-2 SEC) was penalized 15 yards for roughing punter Derwin Jeffcoat on fourth-and-6 at the South Carolina 40.
Three plays later, Taneyhill lofted the ball to Means racing down the left side to give South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) its decisive touchdown.
Taneyhill completed 25-of-38 passes for 254 yards as South Carolina rolled up 475 yards.
Defensive back Reggie Richardson set up South Carolina’s go-ahead touchdown, picking off Antonio O’Ferral’s pass at the 12 and returning it to the South Carolina 47.
Nine plays later, Taneyhill rolled to his left and connected on a 9-yard pass to Means in the middle of the end zone with 6:18 left in the half for a 10-3 lead.
Kentucky countered on its next possession after Kio Sanford returned the kickoff 50 yards to the South Carolina 45. O’Ferral found Moe Williams open in the left flat five plays later. Williams scampered 35 yards untouched to the end zone with 4:20 left in the half.
Lee Wiggins blocked Brian Sivinski’s extra-point kick and South Carolina took a 10-9 lead into the third quarter.
South Carolina came up with another turnover when Terry Cousin stripped the ball from Kentucky’s Leon Smith and Benji Young came up with the fumble recovery on the South Carolina 29.
South Carolina then went 71 yards in six plays, capped by Brian Bennett’s 29-yard run down the left side for a 16-9 lead with 13:58 left in the game. Marty Simpson’s extra-point attempt sailed wide right.
Kentucky took a 3-0 lead on Sivinski’s 45-yard field goal with 9:15 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats settled for the field goal after driving to the South Carolina 17, where O’Ferral’s pass to Jaysuma Simms on second down fell incomplete in the end zone and Young sacked O’Ferral for a 9- yard loss on third down.
South Carolina tied the game with 11:52 left in the half on Reed Morton’s 48-yard field goal, the longest of his career. It hit the crossbar, bounced up and hit the right upright, fell back to the crossbar and dropped over.
Williams rushed 12 times for 117 yards for Kentucky while Bennett had 24 carries for 122 yards for the Gamecocks.