COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Stephen Garcia threw for three touchdowns
and ran for another and No. 25 South Carolina stopped a potential
tying two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to beat Kentucky
28-26 on Saturday, keeping coach Steve Spurrier a perfect 17-0
against the Wildcats.
The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-1 SEC) won their 10th straight over
Kentucky (2-3, 0-3).
Garcia had touchdown passes of 10, 28 and 22 yards to freshman
Alshon Jeffery. Garcia added what proved to be the winning margin
with his leap from the 1 with 8:22 remaining to give South Carolina
a 28-20 lead.
Kentucky had a chance to tie after Randall Cobb's 2-yard TD run
with 4:34 left. But Will Fidler's pass was knocked down by
defensive end Cliff Matthews.
Facing third-and-4 moments later, Garcia gained 5 yards leaping
over a Kentucky defender to keep South Carolina moving with 3:02 to
go. Kentucky never got the ball back as South Carolina matched its
best start in Spurrier's five seasons.