LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - CoShik Williams ran for a career-high 148
yards and Kentucky snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-14
win over Jacksonville State on Saturday.
With injuries in the backfield, Williams took up the slack as
the primary ball carrier after sophomore Raymond Sanders left in
the first quarter with an ankle injury. Williams, a junior,
finished with 22 carries.
Freshman Josh Clemons, the Wildcats' leading rusher on the
season, had already been ruled out for the season with a knee
Williams' previous career best was 95 yards rushing - set
against Charleston Southern last season.
The Wildcats were able to break out after a bye week, earning a
season-best 445 yards of total offense and 340 yards of total
offense despite missing their two primary tailbacks.
Kentucky (3-4) struggled to move the ball in the first quarter
with its first three possessions ended with two punts and a lost
fumble. The Wildcats entered this game ranked 118th out of 120 FBS
teams in total offense, earning just 229 yards per game this
season. Their first three possessions carried held true to that
reputation, ending with only one first down, two punts and a lost
But with 3:33 left in the first, safety Martavius Neloms sacked
Jacksonville State quarterback Coty Blanchard, forced a fumble and
ran it back 40 yards for the game's first score.
The offense began clicking in the second quarter for the
Wildcats, and they finished with 253 yards of total offense at
halftime. They had gained a total of 251 yards in their previous
two games combined
Washaun Ealey rushed for 120 yards for the Gamecocks (5-2). He
ran for 157 yards and five touchdowns against the Wildcats last
year for Georgia before transferring to Jacksonville State in the
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