Kentucky loses big at South Carolina, 54-3

10/08/2011 03:22 PM

It was an ugly, ugly, ugly football game for the Kentucky Wildcats at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Cats failed to find the end zone in the 54-3 loss to South Carolina. UK’s only points came from a field goal early in the game, after South Carolina coughed up the football on the opening kick. The Kentucky offense was atrocious from then on out.

Kentucky only managed to pick up 96 yards of total offense to South Carolina’s 639 yards. Connor Shaw, who got the start over Stephen Garcia for the Gamecocks, completed 26-of-39 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Shaw had only thrown 44 passes in his career prior to this game. He also added another 42 yards on the ground.

For UK, Morgan Newton completed 4-of-20 passes for a grand total of 17 yards and one interception. Backup QB Max Smith was subbed in to replace Newton in the third quarter and he was even worse. Smith threw an interception on each of his first two plays under center. Running back Josh Clemons also threw a pick on a failed trick play attempt on third down earlier in the game. The four interceptions matched the four total completions for the UK passing game. UK’s six total turnovers also equalled the team’s six first downs. That’s just embarrassing.

This one was lopsided from start to finish. UK would’ve laid an egg on the scoreboard if not for the “gift” given to them on the opening kickoff.

Kentucky has two weeks to figure things out before the next game.

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