The streak continues: S Carolina 24 UK 17
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Posted Oct 11, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2) overcame four fumbles, four missed field goals, and three interceptions to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats (4-2, 0-2) 24-17 at Commonwealth Stadium. The Gamecocks scored 10 points in the 4th quarter to mount the come-from-behind win. The loss is Kentucky's ninth consecutive loss to South Carolina.

South Carolina overcame five turnovers to defeat Kentucky, but the Cats shot themselves in the foot often as well.

In the 1st quarter after Kentucky had taken the lead, 7-0, South Carolina returned the kickoff 84 yards to the Kentucky 16-yard line. A 16-yard touchdown pass from Chris Smelley to Kenny Mckinley knotted the game at 7.

With the game still tied at 7, Kentucky later attempted a chip-shot 21-yard field goal, South Carolina blocked the attempt and raced 85 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. Kentucky also suffered two interceptions, as Michael Hartline finished the day 22-43, 150 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions.

Stephen Garcia came off the bench late in the 2nd half to replace a largely ineffective Smelley, who was 9-23, 106 yards on the day. Garcia passed for 169 yards on 10-14 passing, and led the Gamecocks to the come from behind win.

Kentucky returns to action next week in Commonwealth Stadium to face the Arkansas Razorbacks. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m. ET.

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