COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Kentucky committed five critical turnovers
and South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell took advantage, throwing for two touchdowns
and running for a third as coach Steve Spurrier earned his first Southeastern
Conference victory at South Carolina at the expense of the Wildcats. The Gamecocks won the
game 44-16. Spurrier improved to 13-0 against the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2 SEC).
South Carolina took control of a tie game in the second half.
South Carolina's effort was largely helped by a series of Kentucky turnovers. Little
fumbled two plays into one Kentucky series. When the Wildcats got the ball back, Little
fumbled again, this time with safety Ko Simpson grabbing the loose ball and returning it
19 yards for a touchdown and a 30-16 lead. On Kentucky's very next play, fullback Arliss Beach was stripped of the ball and Stoney Woodson picked it up for South Carolina.
Simpson added a fourth-quarter interception that set up Daccus
Turman's 1-yard touchdown run. And backup quarterback Syvelle Newton ran in a 16-yard
score in the final minutes.
Mitchell finished 23-of-34 for 277 yards. Rice, who also had a
27-yard touchdown catch, tied the school mark set by Jermale Kelly in 1997 with TD
receptions in five straight games.
Little, a sophomore, gained a career-high 120 yards for Kentucky.
Quarterback Andre Woodson went 11-17 passing for just 90 yards, no touchdowns and one
interception. He was sacked four times.
Notes: After Rafael Little's 1-yard TD run brought the Wildcats to
17-16 in the third quarter, senior kicker Taylor Begley missed the extra point to snap a
school-record streak of 92.