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Oct. 8, 2005

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South Carolina Postgame Notes

Sophomore linebacker Dustin Lindsey recovered a Kentucky fumble in the first quarter, the first of Lindsey’s career. The recovery was on a sack of Wildcat quarterback Andre Woodson by Orus Lambert, his first sack of the season. Lindsey also had a sack in the fourth quarter.

The third quarter sack of Andre Woodson by Cody Wells was the second career sack for Wells. On the next play Ricardo Hurley sacked Woodson. Hurley has 3.5 career sacks.

Stanley Doughty recorded a sack in the third quarter, his third of the season and third of his career.

The South Carolina defense registered five sacks against Kentucky. For the season the Gamecocks have 19 sacks in six games.

Blake Mitchell scored on a one yard quarterback sneak in the first quarter, his first TD of the season and second of his career. The score capped a 13 play, 75 yard drive by the Gamecocks. Mitchell scored one touchdown last year.

The 45 yard field goal by Josh Brown late in the second quarter was a career long for Brown. His previous long was 43 last year against Kentucky at Lexington. Brown has made four field goals in four attempts this season. For his career Brown has made 13 of 18 field goal attempts. In the past two seasons Brown is 13 of 16 after missing both of his attempts in 2003.

When Josh Brown had a conversion try blocked in the fourth quarter it was his second missed PAT of the season and second of his career. He is 15 of 17 this season and 42 of 44 for his career.

Sidney Rice caught two touchdown passes in the third quarter, 27 and eight yards, the fifth consecutive game that the redshirt freshman has caught a touchdown pass. Rice had an apparent touchdown reception in the first quarter nullified by a penalty. The five consecutive games with a touchdown reception tied a school record set in 1997 by Jermale Kelly.

Two touchdown receptions by Rice marked the first two TD game by a South Carolina receiver since Troy Williamson caught two against South Florida last year.

Rice caught eight passes for 125 yards against Kentucky, a career high for him. It was the first time this season that a South Carolina receiver has topped 100 yards.

The two touchdown passes by Blake Mitchell to Sidney Rice were the seventh and eight TD passes of the season by Mitchell. He has nine career touchdown passes.

When Taylor Begley missed a conversion try for Kentucky in the third quarter it broke a string of 92 consecutive PAT kicks by Begley.

Lance Laury recovered a Kentucky fumble in the third quarter, Laury’s first recovery of the season and his career.

Ko Simpson returned a Kentucky fumble 19 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown, the second of his career. He had a 57 yard fumble return for a TD last year against Arkansas. Simpson also intercepted a fourth quarter pass and returned it 16 yards to the Kentucky 14 yard line in the fourth quarter. Ir was his first interception of the season and seventh of his career. For the game Simpson had 13 tackles, nine of them unassisted.

Stoney Woodson recovered a Kentucky fumble in the third quarter, the first of his career.

The announced attendance of 71,009 increased South Carolina`s total to 315,855 for four home games this season, an average of 78,964 per game.

Syvelle Newton, at quarterback in the shotgun, had back to back runs of 32 and 16 yards in the fourth quarter. The second run was for a touchdown, Newton’s third TD of the season and eighth of his career. As a wide receiver Newton caught five passes for 63 yards.

Daccus Turman scored on a one yard plunge in the fourth quarter, his second touchdown of the season and 13th of his career. For the game Turman rushed 18 times for 81 yards, a season. His career high was 123 yards on 18 carries against Virginia in 2003. He also had 94 yards on 15 carries against Vanderbilt in 2003.

South Carolina’s 44-16 win over Kentucky marked the most points scored by the Gamecocks since a 45-20 win over Troy earlier in the season. It was the most scored in Williams Brice Stadium by South Carolina since a 52-14 win over Vanderbilt in 1995. South Carolina’s previous high point total against Kentucky was a 42-6 win in 2001.

South Carolina rushed 139 yards in 34 tries against Kentucky, an average of 4.1 per rush. The total nearly doubled the Gamecocks’ previous highs. South Carolina rushed 71 yards against Alabama and 70 yards against Auburn.

Blake Mitchell completed 23 of 34 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns against Kentucky with one interception. It was his second highest yardage total of the season. Against Central Florida he had 330 yards on 18 completions in 23 attempts.

Kentucky Postgame Notes

Kentucky is now 1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while South Carolina is 3-3, 1-3 in the SEC. South Carolina now leads the series, 10-6-1.

Kentucky player notes

• Freshman Curtis Pulley caught his first career pass (13 yards) in the first quarter.

• Arliss Beach’s two-yard rushing TD in the second quarter was his fourth of 2005 and the 12th of his career.

• Sophomore Ricky Abren’s second-quarter fumble recovery was the first of his career.

• Rafael Little rushed for a career-high 120 yards. It was his second career 100-yard game. Has rushed for at least 71 yards in each game this season.

• Taylor Begley’s school-record streak of 92 consecutive successful extra points was snapped in the third quarter.

• Scott Mitchell has caught a pass in all 16 games as a Wildcat. • Bo Smith intercepted his second pass of the season and the third of his career.

• Raymond Fontaine blocked USC’s fourth-quarter PAT attempt. It was UK’s third blocked kick of the season (two points/1 PAT). It was the second blocked PAT of Fontaine’s career.

• With a pass breakup, Antoine Huffman moved into sole possession of fourth place on the UK career pass breakup list with 22. Van Hiles, Eric Kelly, and Leonard Burress share the UK career record with 25 PBU.

• Punter Tim Masthay has improved his average each game this season, beginning with a 24.7-yard average vs. Louisville, followed by 35.3 vs. Idaho State, 38.6 at Indiana, 39.6 at Florida, and 43.0 today.

• Eight starters or key reserves missed today’s game because of injury, including TB Tony Dixon, WRs Keenan Burton and Tommy Cook, CB Jarrell Williams, DE Travis Day, FS Dallas Greer, DT Lamar Mills, and FS Marcus McClinton.