Run and Shoot: Make it 15-0 for Spurrier vs. UK

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Make it 15-0 for Spurrier vs. UK

Columbia, S.C. -- For the 15th time in 15 tries, Steve Spurrier defeated the Kentucky Wildcats.

This one wasn't won in typical Spurrier fashion. Behind two defensive touchdowns from Eric Norwood, and improved second half play from quarterback Chris Smelley, the Gamecocks beat Kentucky in front of 76,220 fans Thursday night at WIlliams-Brice Stadium.
Spurrier's 15th win over UK was probably one of his most difficult.
The Gamecocks never led by more than two touchdowns, struggling to put together enough offense to nail the door on the Wildcats.
WIth 6:59 left in the fourth quarter UK quarterback Andre Woodson drove 12 plays in 4:02 seconds, capping the drive off with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson to pull the Cats to within 31-23.
Smelley answered on the next possession with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Cory Boyd to put the Gamecocks ahead 38-23.
South Carolina's offense wasn't that efficient the entire game.
After three quarters the Gamecocks had gained only 194 yards and they relied on their defense for two of their scores.
On UK's first possession, Woodson fumbled inside his own 10-yard line. Norwood scooped the ball up on the 2-yard line and took it into the end zone to give USC a 7-0 lead.
After both teams traded field goals, Woodson threw his only touchdown of the night, an 18-yard jump ball to tight end Jacob Tamme. That was the last time the Cats were even with the Gamecocks.
UK hurt themselves the entire night. They had four turnovers, and had to end three scoring drives on field goals.
"I really feel like we killed ourselves tonight," Woodson said.
Norwood's second touchdown came on UK's first possession of the second half. Woodson tried to pass in the flat as he was getting dragged to the ground, but fullback John Conner couldn't handle the pass. Norwood picked it up and went untouched into the end zone.
"It was about being in the right place at the right time," Norwood said. "I was about covering the right guy. I came out and made the play."
Woodson finished 23-for-40 with two touchdowns and one interception. Smelley rebounded from a slow start to finish 17-for-30 with two touchdowns.
"He did well on the drives we scored," Spurrier said. "He had some plays here and there. Sometimes I think we asked him to check a little too much. We just started calling plays and tried to guess the coverage."

Player of the game: Eric Norwood, sophomore defensive end, South Carolina. Norwood scored two touchdowns for the Gamecocks, returning Andre Woodson fumbles of 2 and 53 yards for touchdowns.
Play of the game: Norwood's 53-yard touchdown came on UK's first possession of the second half when they still trailed by a touchdown. He score put some distance between the Gamecocks and the Cats, and UK didn't get within eight points the rest of the way.
Next up: USC moves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. They will travel to North Carolina next weekend. Kentucky dropped to 5-1, 1-1 in the league and will host No. 1 LSU next Saturday.

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