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Kick-off time, TV for UK-South Carolina

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky must take care of business against foe FCS Chattanooga this weekend before they resume league play, but the Wildcats now know the start time of their next SEC clash. The SEC announced Monday that Kentucky’s game against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium will begin at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.

The Gamecocks (2-0) come off a 20-17 victory over East Carolina on Saturday. Parker White connected on a winning placement over time to give Shane Beamer his first career road victory. South Carolina travels to Georgia this weekend for their first SEC game.

Kentucky started 2-0 again. The Wildcats won a fierce 35-28 victory at Kroger Field over Missouri, giving the program six wins in the past seven years against the Tigers. Junior running back Chris Rodriguez caught his first career touchdown and also rushed for a career-high 206 yards on 27 carries, including two touchdowns. He escaped twice in the win, but Rodriguez still picked up the league’s Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

This series has been kind to the Wildcats for the past few years. After South Carolina won all but one from 2000 to 2013, Kentucky has won six of the last seven. Mark Stoops is 6-2 in his career against the Gamecocks, although South Carolina’s most recent victory came in 2019 at Williams-Brice Stadium. An injured Sawyer Smith completed just 16 of 42 attempted passes as South Carolina routed the Wildcats 24-7. The UK’s only touchdown – which occurred in Lynn Bowden’s first round as a quarterback – came just before the final horn sounded. Bowden went on to become the Wildcats quarterback with a 6-2 record the remainder of the season, including a thrilling 37-30 victory over Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.

Kentucky beat South Carolina 41-18 in the final game of the 2020 regular season. The Gamecocks had numerous strikeouts and injuries in defense, and head coach Will Muschamp was fired just weeks before the match. Beamer will coach their first SEC home game against Kentucky on September 25.

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