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South Carolina 24, Kentucky 14

(AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Spencer Rattler overcame two early turnovers and threw the go-ahead touchdown pass in the third quarter, Jalen Brooks ran for an insurance score midway through the fourth and South Carolina scored 17 unanswered points to beat No. 13 Kentucky 24-14 for its third consecutive victory.

Kentucky started freshman Kaiya Sheron at quarterback in place of injured senior Will Levis, who wore a protective on his left foot.

MarShawn Lloyd scored a 2-yard touchdown run on the Gamecocks' first snap, immediately after Kentucky's Chris Rodriguez Jr. fumbled on the opening play. That quickly seized momentum against the Wildcats (3-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference).

South Carolina (4-2, 1-2) moved ahead early in the third quarter, when Rattler (14 of 19, 177 yards) hit Antwane Wells Jr. in the flat and the junior darted past a defender for a 42-yard touchdown and 14-7 lead. Mitch Jeter's 32-yard field goal later in the period provided a 10-point cushion that Brooks extended to 17 points with a 24-yard TD run with 7:02 remaining.

Sheron (15 of 27, 178 yards) tossed a 10-yard TD pass JuTahn McClain with 2:49 left, his second of the game, but the Wildcats fell for the second consecutive week in league play.

Mystery preceded this defeat as Levis entered Kroger Field with a boot on his left foot and did not participate in warmups with teammates. Earlier this week, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops referred to a finger injury Levis sustained in last week's 22-19 loss to No. 9 Mississippi, but didn't mention any foot injury and remained mum on the quarterback's status on Thursday.

Disaster quickly followed with Rodriguez's fumble, a blocked punt and Matt Ruffolo's missed 45-yard field goal that bounced off the left upright. Sheron regrouped to fake a toss to Rodriguez and hit wide-open Jordan Dingle for the tying touchdown in the second quarter, but Kentucky was held to its lowest output since losing 30-13 to top-ranked Georgia 30-13 last season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky's poll stay is in jeopardy after a second consecutive loss.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SCarKty
SCar TD 14:47 MarShawn Lloyd 2 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter SCarKty
Kty TD 8:30 Jordan Dingle 16 yard TD pass from Kaiya Sheron (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 7 7
Third Quarter SCarKty
SCar TD 12:47 Antwane Wells Jr. 42 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 14 7
SCar FG 2:38 Mitch Jeter 32 yard field goal 17 7
Fourth Quarter SCarKty
SCar TD 7:02 Jalen Brooks 24 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 24 7
Kty TD 2:49 JuTahn McClain 10 yard TD pass from Kaiya Sheron (Matt Ruffolo Extra Point) 24 14
Team Stats
  South Carolina Kentucky
First downs 15 18
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 7 8
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 42-183 36-121
Passing Yards 173 178
Return Yards 51 11
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-19-1 15-27-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-11 6-54
Punts 4 6
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-26 5-25
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 14 19 173 1 1
Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Sheron 15 27 178 2 1
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Lloyd 22 114 5.2 1
J. Brooks 1 24 24.0 1
J. McDowell 5 17 3.4 0
J. Bell 4 12 3.0 0
A. Brown 1 9 9.0 0
S. Rattler 8 7 0.9 0
Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Rodriguez Jr. 22 126 5.7 0
J. McClain 3 19 6.3 0
K. Sheron 11 -24 -2.2 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Wells Jr. 3 66 22.0 1
J. Brooks 3 35 11.7 0
M. Lloyd 2 29 14.5 0
J. Bell 2 16 8.0 0
J. Vann 2 16 8.0 0
A. Brown 1 7 7.0 0
J. McDowell 1 4 4.0 0
Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Magwood 2 37 18.5 0
T. Robinson 1 27 27.0 0
D. Key 2 22 11.0 0
C. Lewis 1 20 20.0 0
B. Bates 2 19 9.5 0
J. Dingle 1 16 16.0 1
D. Harris 1 10 10.0 0
R. Lewis 1 10 10.0 0
J. McClain 1 10 10.0 1
B. Brown 2 6 3.0 0
C. Rodriguez Jr. 1 1 1.0 0
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Spaulding 1 9
Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Wallace 1 0
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 4 166 41.5
Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Goodfellow 5 200 40.0
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Vann 1 18 18.0
Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Brown 1 11 11.0
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Legette 1 24 24.0
Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
M. Ruffolo 45




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