USC's Deebo Samuel Breaks Leg, is Lost for the Season

Kentucky football opens SEC play against South Carolina

SC wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke his leg during Saturday's 23-13 loss to Kentucky at Williams-Brice Stadium, according to multiple reports.

Immediately after the Gamecocks' 23-13 loss to the Wildcats, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said Samuel had broken his leg and would miss the rest of the season. Samuel opened up the game with an electrifying 68 yard touchdown reception on the very first play from scrimmage. More will be posted soon.

Samuel was injured on a curl route late in the third quarter. That drive ended in a 21-yard field goal for Austin MacGinnis, his third of the game.

The game looked like it could get ugly quick after Skai Moore intercepted a pass on Kentucky's ensuing drive, but Parker White missed a 52-yard field goal. He directed two long scoring drives - each with double-digit plays - as Kentucky went up 14-6 midway through the second quarter on Snell's second rushing touchdown.

Bentley completed 24 of 36 passes for 304 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. After throwing an interception on his second attempt, Johnson finished 16 for 25 for 169 yards passing. Perhaps more telling, the Gamecocks converted just 3-of-12 third down opportunities, while Kentucky was an efficient 9-for-16.

SC kicker Alexander Woznick missed the PAT on the Gamecocks' first touchdown.

Samuel came into the game with two 97-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and another on the ground. We've got guys who can stretch the field and attack the middle.

Snell did it again on the next drive, too, carrying it in one yard out of the direct snap into the end zone to cap an 11-play, 67-yard drive for Kentucky, which grabbed a 14-6 lead with 8:37 to go before the break.

SC will now be without that havoc, a major blow for the 2-1 Gamecocks. His original kick, from 49 yards, would have been good, but the Gamecocks were called for a delay of game. They traveled inside the Kentucky 45-yard line on five occasions, but failed to score on each of them.

South Carolina's offense struggled for much of the night, even when Samuel was on the field. SC field goal kicker Parker White missed both of his opportunities - from 52 and 54 yards, while Woznick missed from 42 yards. Mike Edwards added seven tackles and the Cats got six tackles apiece from Darius West, Courtney Love and Brown.

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