LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Quarterback Syvelle Newton ran for one
touchdown and caught another as South Carolina defeated Kentucky
24-17 Saturday to make Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier 14-0 against
South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) has now won
seven straight against Kentucky, the last two under Spurrier. His
previous 12 victories over the Wildcats (3-3, 1-2) came at Florida.
Newton, who became the starter last month and threw for five
touchdowns Sept. 23 against Florida Atlantic, used his other skills
to win this one.
With the Gamecocks already ahead by seven points late in the
fourth quarter, Spurrier called a reverse and sent Newton sprinting
to the end zone. The 22-yard pass from receiver Kenny McKinley was
right on target.
It had appeared early that the versatile quarterback would have
a long day throwing the ball. Newton led the Gamecocks to the
Kentucky 8 on their opening drive, but his third-down toss was
picked off at the goal line by a diving Shomari Moore.
Newton was more effective when faced with another third-and-goal
opportunity on South Carolina's next possession. He danced into the
end zone for a 7-yard score to cap off a drive that saw him compile
four plays of at least 12 yards -- two from the air, two more from
South Carolina stretched the lead to 10-0 late in the first half
with a 42-yard field goal by Ryan Succop. Newton's 44-yard bomb to
a wide-open McKinley put the Gamecocks in position.
Newton, who hadn't started a game at quarterback since 2004
before being inserted into the starting lineup against Wofford,
completed 14 of 22 passes for 171 yards. He ran for 77 yards.
Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson, who came into the game tied
for second in the nation with 14 touchdown passes, got one -- a
9-yard pass to Dicky Lyons Jr. late in the fourth quarter. Lyons'
touchdown, his seventh of the year, immediately followed a 63-yard
Lyons' touchdown made the score 24-17 with three minutes left,
but Tim Masthay's onside kick attempt went out of bounds. South
Carolina ran down the clock, giving it back to the Wildcats with 22
Woodson found Keenan Burton for a 38-yard gain to move Kentucky
to the South Carolina 42, but his Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete
into the end zone as time expired.
Woodson also threw a costly third-quarter interception that set
up a second Gamecocks touchdown -- a 5-yard run by Cory Boyd, who
had 25 carries for 113 yards.
With the South Carolina defense playing stingy, the Wildcats
used some trickery to get their first points midway through the
First, Masthay ran for 17 yards on a fake. Then, with the
Wildcats on the 1-yard line, Rafael Little dived over the top of
the pile and appeared to score, except he didn't have the ball.
Woodson did, and he galloped untouched into the corner of the end
The Wildcats received short punts on each of their next two
possessions but could only manage a 31-yard field goal by Lones
Seiber, which cut the Gamecocks lead to 17-10. Seiber would miss
another one from 45 yards.