Indestructable Shaw to lead Gamecocks against Wildcats

No. 13 South Carolina (3-1, 1-1 SEC) returns home to face the Kentucky Wildcats (1-3, 0-1 SEC) in an SEC Eastern Division matchup on Saturday. The 7:30 p.m. game is a sellout.

South Carolina senior quarterback Connor Shaw is scheduled to start for the Gamecocks despite suffering a separated shoulder in last week’s 28-25 win over Central Florida. He returned to practice this week and looks to lead the offense against the maligned Kentucky defense.

If he doesn’t, junior Dylan Thompson will get his third start as a collegian. Spurrier kept the pressure off Thompson in the second half by almost exclusively keeping the football on the ground.

Sophomore tailback Mike Davis made that a smart move as he rushed for more than 150 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. That allowed Thompson time to ease into the game.

South Carolina has won each of the last two meetings, a 38-17 decision in Lexington last season and a 54-3 rout in Columbia in 2011. Kentucky’s last win was by a 31-28 count in Lexington in 2010, snapping South Carolina’s 10-game winning streak in the series.

The Gamecocks own a 15-6 record against UK, including wins in 12 of the 13 meetings in this century. Kentucky has not won at Williams-Brice Stadium since 1999. The Gamecocks have won 13 straight home games.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier owns a 19-1 all-time record against Kentucky, including a 7-1 mark with the Gamecocks. The 19 wins matches his mark against Vanderbilt (19-2) as his most wins against any school.

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