Player of the Game
RB Benny Snell
For the second consecutive year, Benny Snell dominates the Gamecocks. Snell carried the ball 32 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. The stats don’t immediately wow you, but Snell operated from the backfield and wildcat successfully leaving the Gamecocks clueless on defense as they were a year ago.
Gamecocks Disappoint at Home
After a 68 yard touchdown to Deebo Samuel on the first play left Kentucky stunned, South Carolina played atrocious offense for the rest of the game. Kurt Roper’s offense was constantly into Wildcat territory, but could not score points. Along with not being able to convert on third and fourth down, the Gamecocks couldn’t make a field goal. After the first missed extra point for the Gamecocks in four years, three additional field goals were missed (one coming after a delay of game penalty.)
Jake Bentley once again played an average game, and missed multiple touchdown throws that could have changed the game. After forcing two consecutive turnovers to start the game in Kentucky territory, South Carolina went three and out both times and scored zero points. In a game that could’ve been put out of reach immediately, once again they just simply could not take over. Along with playing horribly, the Gamecocks lose their star receiver Deebo Samuel for “an extended period of time” due to a broken ankle.
It’s hard to tell where the Gamecocks are at this point in the season. With so much hype surrounding the first two victories, the Gamecocks laid an absolute egg at home on both sides of the ball. All credibility for beating Missouri is gone, after losing to Purdue 35-3 on Saturday. The Gamecocks will need a strong showing against non-conference Louisiana Tech on Saturday to shut down the negativity that has come out of nowhere.