Gamecocks lose stunner to Kentucky, 31-28

LEXINGTON, KY (WIS) - After beating the number one ranked team in the land just one week prior, the Gamecocks couldn't handle the Kentucky Wildcats.

One might call it a game that sums up the history of Carolina football. Just when it looks like the promised land is just ahead, it's taken away at the very last moment in a blaze of glory for the opponent.

That's exactly what happened as Kentucky's Randall Cobb caught a pass in the end zone with 1:15 to go in the fourth quarter. as South Carolina loses to Kentucky for the first time since 1999. The 31-28 loss puts the Gamecocks at 4-2 (3-2 SEC) on the year.

Mike Hartline threw for a career-high 349 yards and four touchdowns for Kentucky (4-3, 1-3 SEC), which overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to stun the Gamecocks (4-2, 2-2).

South Carolina drove to the Kentucky 20 but quarterback Stephen Garcia's heave into the end zone was intercepted by Kentucky's Anthony Mosley with 4 seconds remaining.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore had 212 yards of total offense and three touchdowns but spent most of the second half on the sideline with an ankle injury.

After the game, Steve Spurrier said, "We just can't, as they say, put a nail in the coffin.  We just can't put a team away.  We just can't do it, I don't know why. We had numerous chances there to put them away, take over the game defensively or offensively here or there and, ah, we just can't do it."

It's a setback for the Gamecocks, who are still in the hunt for their first SEC championship. South Carolina is still in the hunt, but have no more Mulligan's as more than two losses would be very hard to overcome in a quest to win the SEC east.

Copyright 2010 WIS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.