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2020 has been a year to forget for everyone. The Kentucky football season has been no different. Before the season started most of the Big Blue Nation expected a rememberable one with talks of nine wins and competing for the SEC East Championship. After losing the last two games the Wildcats needed a victory tonight to end the season on a high note and they did just that.
Kentucky dominated the game from the kickoff to the final whistle, winning easily 41 to 18. Terry Wilson had great performance passing for 201 yards and rushing for 46 yards. Chris Rodrigeuz and AJ Rose combined for 240 Rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The Defense also played terrific tonight recovering three fumbles and catching an interception. Kentucky held South Carolina to only 4 for 14 on third down recoveries which is far better than the last few games. The defensive player of the game has to go to Jamar Watson for his eight tackles and two fumble recoveries.
This win is exactly what Kentucky needed to end the regular season. Perhaps all the bad vibes from the year 2020 can be left behind after such a convincing win.
The Wildcats won the toss and decided to defer to ball to the Gamecocks. South Carolina came out ready to play on their first drive on the game, but were unable to score after a missed field goal. After the defensive stop the Wildcats drove the ball 75 yards down the field and scored on a 22-yard field goal by Matt Ruffolo.
The Kentucky defense made up for their poor performance on the first South Carolina drive and forced a fumble which led to a 2-play drive for a touchdown for Chris Rodriguez. The Wildcats pushed to the led to 10-0. The Gamecocks started their ensuing drive with an explosive 52-yard kickoff return and ended on a 47-yard field goal to pull back within a touchdown.
The Cats started the second quarter by punting the ball to the Gamecocks, but got the ball back immediately when the gamecocks went 3 and out. Kentucky capitalized and scored on a 5-play, 81-yard drive that ended on a rushing touchdown by AJ Rose.
On the next drive Kentucky’s Yusuf Corker intercepted a pass thrown by quarterback Luke Doty to give the Wildcats possession of the ball, but they were unable to convert and punted the ball to USC at the seven. Chris Rodriguez scored on UK’s following possession on a 2-yard run giving Kentucky a 24-3 lead. Kentucky finished the half on a 41-field goal by Matt Ruffalo that pushed the lead to 27-3.
Kentucky scored on the first possession of the second half after a rush by Terry Wilson. The Cats managed to run 7:32 off the clock. South Carolina was able to find success on their drive scoring their first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard rush by Kevin Harris. The quarter ended with Kentucky leading 34 to 10
The first play of the fourth quarter was a 51-yard field goal attempt by the Gamecocks that came up short giving the ball back to Kentucky. After several punts South Carolina scored their second touchdown of the game on a 30-yard reception by Dakereon Joyner.
The most explosive play of the game came on the first play after the kick off when Chris Rodriguez scored a touchdown on a 79-yard rush that gave Kentucky a 41 to 18 victory.