South Carolina jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in their contest with Kentucky, but like the last two games, had to hold off a late-game comeback as Kentucky scored 21 points in the fourth quarter making the Gamecocks extremely nervous but ultimately pulling out the win.
The Gamecocks were clicking on offense for most of the night and there are several standout performers there who deserve some props in this week's edition of Gamecock Props of the Game.
1. WR Damiere Byrd - Byrd finished Saturday's game with 98 receiving yards on five catches, including an impressive 62-yard touchdown reception. This is Byrd's second straight game with five receptions and second straight game of having a new career-high in receiving yards. The talented junior finally seems to be making a dent in the Gamecocks wide receiver rotation and should continue to be a top threat for Connor Shaw this season.
2. QB Connor Shaw - Shaw came back from a shoulder injury last week to lead South Carolina with 310 total yards, including 262 yards on the air with 14 straight completions at one point. This game ended up being much closer than expected so it was great for the Gamecocks that Shaw was able to play and play well. One passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown along with just three incompletions is a pretty solid day.
3. RB Mike Davis - At this point, Davis is a fixture to receive high honors each weekend. It was a relatively quiet night for Davis, who still finished over 100 yards rushing with 106 while rushing for two touchdowns. He now has eight rushing touchdowns on the season. Can't imagine where USC is without this young man right now.
4. K Elliott Fry - This true freshman came in late but won the job quickly and has played extremely well this season. He hit two field goals against Kentucky both from 40 and 41 yards respectively. He doesn't necessarily have the leg you saw with a guy like Ryan Succop but his accuracy has been great for South Carolina.
5. South Carolina offensive line - This is a group that continues to improve and is finding their groove even though the center position has seen both Clayton Stadnik and Cody Waldrop at times this year. They've done a good job protecting Shaw in the pocket and have opened some big holes for Davis and the running backs. Great performances lately and certainly deserve some attention.
6. DT Kelcy Quarles - Quarles have a game-high six tackles for the Gamecocks, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks on the night. He's a talented guy who has played well at times but seems to be playing a bit better of late. The Gamecocks need him going forward to be a force considering some of the other issues they've had on defense this season.
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