The Kentucky Wildcats have done it again!
For the fourth-straight year, the Cats have beaten the South Carolina Gamecocks, this time being a 23-13 defensive struggle in Columbia. It was very reminiscent of the 26-22 win in Columbia in 2015, and oh, was it just as sweet.
Here are three things to know.
As mentioned above, this was a very similar game to the 2015 win, as both featured disastrous starts for the Cats. After UK fell behind 6-0 on a 68-yard score by Deebo Samuel on the first play of the game, Stephen Johnson threw a pick, and Lynn Bowden fumble out of the Wildcat, both times giving SC the ball in UK territory.
But the defense stood strong and kept the Gamecocks off the board both times. Once the offense got hot, UK took control of the game. The ground game opened up, Johnson found rhythm with his receivers, and Eddie Gran called a masterful game. Combined with a tremendous effort by the defense, UK went on a 20-0 run en route to a 23-13 win.
The Cats are well on their way to bowl eligibility, and for another week, the dreams of an SEC East crown remain very alive. Forget the Florida streak. The only streak that matters right now is 3-0 and 10-4 over the last 14 games. We’re now past the ‘let’s just get to a bowl’ phase. Now, we can get back to (cautiously) dreaming about eight wins and a run at Atlanta.
Need I say more? He’s just a baller who continues to be money in the clutch. This quarterback ‘competition’ is officially dead.
Stephen Johnson is the first Kentucky QB since 1993 to win 4 of his first 6 career true road game starts— Corey Price (@coreyp08) September 17, 2017