Saturday, October 10, 2009

Back comes Kentucky (and Culliver)

Seth Emerson, Gamecocks live blogs 

The USC defense had an awful start to the second quarter. The end of the first quarter wasn’t so great, but the first 26 seconds of the second were disastrous.

First C.C. Whitlock was beaten badly, and Kentucky completed a 31-yard pass down to the USC 11.

Whitlock actually forced receiver Gene McCaskill out of bounds, but then stopped on the play - and McCaskill didn’t. He hardly broke stride, despite spending enough time on the sideline to shake hands with Steve Spurrier.

McCaskill made a diving catch at the 11. A play later, Derrick Locke scooted into the end zone to give Kentucky back the lead. USC star Eric Norwood was completely blocked out of the play.

Luckily for the Gamecocks, they still have Chris Culliver, and Kentucky still can’t tackle him on kickoffs. We count four missed tackles as Culliver returns the ball 49 yards to the Kentucky 39.

That gives Culliver 130 yards on three returns today, including 110 on the past two alone.