BY TINA COX
The team asked the BBN to fill every seat at Kroger Field. The game was a sell-out.
The team asked the crowd to be loud. The BBN screamed and celebrated to the point vibrations could be felt in the press box.
This team did not disappoint, neither did the crowd.
Penalties ruled the first few possessions of the first half, CATS were penalized 50 yards while South Carolina had the flag thrown for 30.
Kentucky’s defense seemed relentless at times. South Carolina was rattled most of the the first half. Their passing game was limited to 9 yards while Wilson threw for 84 yards.
CATS went to the locker room with the lead 24-3 over the Gamecocks.
South Carolina drove down the field to begin the third quarter and easily scored to make the score 24-10.
Darius West intercepted Bentley’s pass to seemingly put Kentucky in scoring position. The yellow flag not only deflated the crowd but was the issuance of an ejection for Kash Daniel. The consequences of the targeting call will carry forward to next weeks Texas A&Ms matchup with Daniel being suspended the first half.
A perfect pass to Bowden from Wilson, the beginning of the 4th quarter was negated by a penalty. The next pass was intercepted by South Carolina. Kentucky seemed to be in a rut, nothing working.
With eleven minutes remaining Kentucky would have to prove if this was a new era in Kentucky football or would the ugly football monsters from the past appear.
Kentucky seemed content with South Carolina “slowly” marching down the field with 4 minutes left in the game. Brantley’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Mike Edwards and returned to the 28th.
It was time to run the clock out. There was no need for a game winning Hail Mary. It wasn’t pretty at times, could even be described as ugly. But, it was a win.
Kentucky is 5-0 on the season, undefeated, 3-0 in the SEC.
Folks…we have us a team.