Blake Mitchell threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third yesterday to give Coach Steve Spurrier his first Southeastern Conference victory at South Carolina, 44-16 over visiting Kentucky.
Mitchell, who missed last week's 48-7 loss at Auburn with an ankle injury, had a one-yard touchdown run and two scoring passes to Sidney Rice. The Gamecocks' head coach moved to 13-0 against the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2).
Early on, South Carolina (3-3, 1-3) showed the offensive inconsistency and defensive problems that produced Spurrier's first 0-3 start in the SEC.
Mitchell and the Gamecocks, though, took control in the second half to ensure Spurrier, who won a national title and six league crowns at Florida, would not go 0-for-the-SEC, as predecessor Lou Holtz did in his South Carolina debut in 1999.
The Gamecocks' turnaround was helped by Kentucky fumbles on three straight second-half possessions.
After Rafael Little's one-yard touchdown run brought the Wildcats to 17-16 in the third quarter -- senior place kicker Taylor Begley missed the extra point to snap a school-record streak of 92 -- Mitchell connected with Rice on throws of 27 and 23 yards to the Kentucky 3.
Following a motion penalty, Rice caught an eight-yard pass for a 24-16 lead.
* PITTSBURGH 38, CINCINNATI 20: The host Panthers (2-4, 1-1) needed six games to finally get their first victory against a major college opponent under new coach Dave Wannstedt.
With Pitt's offense not doing much, the Panthers' special teams set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored on Darrelle Revis's 79-yard punt return to spoil visiting Cincinnati's first game in the Big East.
Pitt's offense was lethargic again in the first half -- a season-long problem for a team that had one of the nation's best passing offenses a year ago -- until Tyler Palko hit Greg Lee for a 44-yard reception to set up one of Josh Cummings's three field goals. Pitt led 16-0 at the half.
The Panthers' only previous victory was over Division I-AA Youngstown State.
The Bearcats fell to 2-3, 0-1.
* MISSOURI 38, OKLAHOMA ST. 31: Wide receiver Brad Ekwerekwu scored on a reverse and threw a touchdown pass on another trick play, leading the Tigers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) in Stillwater, Okla.
Brad Smith rushed for 184 yards and Marcus Woods ran for one score, caught a touchdown pass and set up a third score with a 76-yard punt return for the Tigers, who built a 22-point lead and held off the Cowboys (3-2, 0-2).
* C. MICHIGAN 14, ARMY 10: Kent Smith recovered his own fumble and scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Chippewas the win in West Point, N.Y.
It was the 10th straight loss for the Black Knights (0-5) and sixth loss in a row at home. Central Michigan (3-3) won for the third time on the road.
* WEST VIRGINIA 27, RUTGERS 14: Steve Slaton ran for a career-high 139 yards and one touchdown to lead the visiting Mountaineers.
Jason Gwaltney added 57 yards rushing for West Virginia (5-1, 2-0 Big East), which beat Rutgers (3-2, 1-1) for the 11th straight time.
* INDIANA 36, ILLINOIS 13: Blake Powers threw four touchdown passes, while wide receiver James Hardy and running back Chris Taylor each topped 100 yards to lead the Hoosiers past the Fighting Illini in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) won its third straight home game. Illinois (2-4, 0-3) has lost four in a row and 10 straight conference road games.
* KANSAS ST. 12, KANSAS 3: Allan Evridge threw the game-winning eight-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats win at home.
Kansas State (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) beat the Jayhawks (3-2, 0-2) for the 12th time in 13 years.
* TCU 28, WYOMING 14: Robert Henson returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown as the Horned Frogs (5-1, 4-0 Mountain West) topped the Cowboys (4-2, 2-1) in Laramie, Wyo.
* STANFORD 24, WASHINGTON ST. 21: Trent Edwards threw three touchdown passes as the Cardinal (2-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) edged the Cougars (3-2, 0-2) in Pullman, Wash.
* IOWA 34, PURDUE 17: Drew Tate passed for a career-high 357 yards and tossed three touchdown passes for the visiting Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten). At 2-3, 0-2, the Boilermakers are off to their worst start in Coach Joe Tiller's nine-year tenure.
* COLORADO ST. 21, UTAH 17: Kyle Bell scored on a 49-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes 5 seconds remaining, and then the host Rams (3-2, 2-0 Mountain West) stopped the Utes (3-3, 1-2) at the goal line on three straight plays to hang on.
* BOWLING GREEN 38, OHIO 14: Omar Jacobs threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns and B.J. Lane ran for two scores in the second half to lead the Falcons (3-2, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) over the visiting Bobcats (2-3, 1-1).
* COLORADO 41, TEXAS A&M 20: Joel Klatt threw for 211 yards in the first quarter en route to a 398-yard, three-touchdown game and a win over the Aggies (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) in Boulder, Colo. The Buffaloes improved to 4-1, 2-0.