After a dominating first half, the second half performance had the crowd of 63,081 feeling uneasy until the final whistle. The Cats played an almost flawless first half on both sides of the ball. Defensively Kentucky held South Carolina to only 9 yards passing in the first half and forced two turnovers. Offensively, Benny Snell and Terry Wilson had great first half performances. Terry finished the half with 84 yards passing yards completing 8 of 11 and rushed for 52 yards. Benny Snell rushed for his 40th touchdown and exceeded the 3,000 career yards and finished the half with 78 yards.
The second half, however, was the opposite of the first. Even though the score doesn’t indicate it, the Gamecocks controlled the second half. Kentucky’s defense had some big stops. Including an endzone interception by Mike Edwards and 3 quarterback sacks by Josh Allen. The Offense looked as though it was trying to run the time off the clock from the opening possession of the second half. After gaining 252 total offense yards in the first half they only managed to earn 75 yards in the second half. After three touchdowns in the second quarter the Cats went scoreless the entire second half.
Defense won this game for the Wildcats. Without any scoring in the second half they were able to hold their ground and grind this one out. They will need offense and defense if they hope to beat Texas A&M in an away game next Saturday night in what will be the 3rd straight tough game for the Cats.