COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina defensive end Eric Norwood tied an NCAA mark with two touchdowns on fumble returns and coach Steve Spurrier improved to 15-0 all-time against No. 8 Kentucky (5-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) in the 11th-ranked Gamecocks' 38-23 victory Thursday night.
While at Florida, Spurrier beat Kentucky 73-7 in 1994, then 65-0 two years later. With Thursday's win, he has his team (5-1, 3-1) in the thick of the SEC Eastern Division race.
Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson fumbled after Jonathan Williams' sack on Kentucky's first series, and Norwood picked it up for a 2-yard TD return that opened the scoring. When Woodson's second-half lateral attempt to fullback John Conner was muffed, Norwood grabbed it and ran 53 yards for a score and a 24-10 lead.
Woodson finished 23 of 40 for 227 yards, but was sacked three times. Rafael Little had his fifth 100-yard game of the year with 135 yards rushing. Not enough.
Freshman Chris Smelley, making his second consecutive start for South Carolina, completed 17 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
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