Spurrier again humbles Kentucky

first_imgAndre Woodson, the hero of the Wildcats’ surprising start, was pressured into several errors. He fumbled after Jonathan Williams’ sack on Kentucky’s first series, and Norwood picked it up for a 2-yard TD return that put the Gamecocks ahead, 7-0. Then with the teams tied at 10 in the second quarter, Woodson drove Kentucky to the 9, but threw his second interception of the season to end the threat. The mistakes continued after halftime. Woodson’s lateral attempt to fullback John Conner was muffed, and this time Norwood grabbed it and ran 53 yards for his second score and a 24-10 lead. Norwood’s touchdown returns matched an NCAA record accomplished three times before, the last by Southern Methodist’s Alvin Nnabuife in 2004. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: South Carolina puts end to Wildcats’ surprising start. By Pete Iacobelli THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spoiled Kentucky’s perfect start and found himself right where he loves to be – in the thick of the Southeastern Conference race. “Our guys are starting to believe the ball can keep bouncing our way,” Spurrier said. It certainly did Thursday night in the 11th-ranked Gamecocks’ 38-23 win over previously undefeated No. 8 Kentucky. Defensive end Eric Norwood tied an NCAA record with two touchdown returns and Spurrier stayed unbeaten against the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 SEC). The Gamecocks improved to 5-1, 3-1. This was supposed to be the Wildcats’ chance to prove themselves worthy league contenders and finally give the sharp-tongued Spurrier some long overdue payback. With both teams ranked for the first time when facing each other, Spurrier got the best of Kentucky for the 15th time. It was the poorest performance of the season for Kentucky, which was held to half its SEC-leading average of 46.6 points per game. last_img read more