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By LARRY VAUGHT
South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger initially tried to credit normal film study and game preparation for last year’s dominating 54-3 over visiting Kentucky.
“We try to dominate every game and we did dominate them defensively,” said Swearinger during the Southeastern Conference Football Media Days.
However, Swearinger finally admitted that UK’s 31-28 comeback victory over the Gamecocks in Lexington in 2010 that resulted in fans storming the field is something South Carolina has not forgot.
“We remember that. We always say, ‘We don’t want to have any Kentuckys.’ Just losing a game that we thought we should have definitely won,” Swearinger said. “That is something we always say. We don’t want any more Kentucky games that we feel we should definitely win but end up losing them.”
He said that game “was not on our mind” last year. Then he contradicted himself.
“It wasn’t on our mind at all, but we were saying once we got up that we had to keep pushing because last year they came back on us and we didn’t want that to happen again,” Swearinger said. “It gives us a certain amount of respect when we see teams react like they won a championship because they won one game against us. That gives us a whole lot of respect running out on the field just because you beat South Carolina. That is showing us a whole lot of respect. That is about it.”
What about when the Gamecocks come to Lexington Sept. 29?
“Whenever that comes, we will remember that. We will remember the last time we played in Lexington that we lost something that really hurt us. We will have that in the back of our heads when we play Kentucky,” he said.