Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

SC star Deebo Samuel out for season with broken leg

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel breaks leg ending season per report South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel breaks leg ending season per report
Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 08:24

The Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) will step up their competition considerably when they face the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0) as they open SEC play on Saturday.

South Carolina's offense scored a touchdown on the first play of the game and its defense forced a turnover on its second play from scrimmage.

Then when the Gamecocks closed it to 20-13 on OrTre Smith's 9-yard touchdown grab with 6:26 left, Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson scrambled on third down for a 54-yard run that led to Austin MacGinnis' third field goal with two minutes left that sealed the win. He also had one rushing touchdown. Snell ended a 13-play series with his 5-yard touchdown.

Bentley completed 24 of 36 passes for 304 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said after the game that Samuel broke his leg. He added a sixth on the game's first play with his 68-yard scoring reception. Facing fourth-and-goal from the Wildcats 1 in the fourth quarter, Gamecock tailback Rico Dowdle was stopped cold by linebacker Jamar Watson and cornerback Derrick Baity.

SC gained only 54 yards on the ground, led by Rico Dowdle with 23 yards. They traveled inside the Kentucky 45-yard line on five occasions, but failed to score on each of them.

The junior wide receiver had six touchdowns in three games for SC this year. It was the first missed PAT for the program in 164 attempts dating to 2013. He was taken into the medical tent and returned to the field shortly after.