Kentucky-South Carolina Game Notes

Kentucky-South Carolina Game Notes




OCT. 8, 2022


FINAL SCORE: South Carolina 24, No. 13/13 Kentucky 14


Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky is 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while South Carolina is 4-2 and 1-2 in the league.
  • The Gamecocks lead the all-time series, 19-14-1.
  • The Wildcats and the Gamecocks are split, 2-2, over the last four meetings.
  • USC leads in games played in Lexington, 10-8.
  • Next, Kentucky will host Mississippi State on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.


Team Notes

  • UK has allowed 24 or fewer points in 10 straight games, while the Cats have gone 8-2 during that span.
  • It is the longest streak since a 12-game stretch of 24 or fewer in the 1979-80 seasons.
  • UK has allowed 30 or fewer points in 52 of the last 58 games.
  • UK has allowed 98 points so far this season, fewest in the first six games since 2018 (83 in the first six games).
  • UK has allowed fewer than 400 yards in 10 consecutive games.
  • Kentucky had 11 players catch passes in the game against South Carolina, the most since October 24, 2015 when 11 Wildcats had receptions at Mississippi State.


Player Notes

  • Quarterback Kaiya Sheron had 15 completions, and just one interception, on 27 attempts for 178 yards and two touchdowns in his first collegiate start.
  • The redshirt freshman recorded the first touchdown of his career on a 16-yard pass to tight end Jordan Dingle in the second quarter. He later connected with running back JuTahn McClain on a 10-yard touchdown throw.
  • Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 22 times for 126 yards.
  • This was the 16th 100-yard rushing game of his career, the third-most in program history.
  • He now has 2,938 career rushing yards, helping him improve to fifth place on the school’s all-time list.
  • He is the first player in school history to have at least three 125-yard rushing games against the same opponent. In four games, he carried the ball 68 for 474 yards (7.0 per carry) and four touchdowns.
  • Tight end Jordan Dingle hauled in the second score of his career on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kaiya Sheron for Kentucky’s first points of the game.
  • Dingle has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games after he caught a 17-yard touchdown pass at Ole Miss.
  • Running back JuTahn McClain had a 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, his first score of the season.
  • It marked his only reception of the night.
  • He also rushed three times for 19 yards.
  • Wide receiver Chauncey Magwood led all wideouts with two receptions for 37 yards.
  • Wide receiver Dane Key had two receptions for 22 yards
  • Wide receiver Tayvion Robinson had one catch for 27 yards.
  • Linebacker DeAndre Square led Kentucky with nine total tackles on 1.5 TFL and tied linebacker Jordan Wright for the team lead with six solo tackles.
  • Square tied defensive back Tyrell Ajian in sacks with one apiece.
  • Linebacker Jordan Wright had seven tackles, including six solo tackles, for a team-best 2.0 TFL.
  • Linebacker Trevin Wallace had his first career interception at Kentucky’s 13-yard line to kill a five-play drive preventing South Carolina from scoring before halftime.
  • First-time starters: offensive tackle Deondre Buford and quarterback Kaiya Sheron.
  • Game captains: DeAndre Square, J.J. Weaver, Kenneth Horsey and Chris Rodriguez Jr.

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