On This Date In UK History
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On this date...in 2002, your University of Kentucky Wildcats put the clamps down on the prolific Louisville offense allowing only 248 total yards in the 22-17 upset of the #17 ranked Cardinals. This snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cards and was a giant step forward for the Wildcat defense, as they were ranked 109th nationally the previous year. Jeremy Caudillís violent sack on Dave Ragone late in the fourth quarter helped key the win for the Cats. Ragone lay motionless on the ground as Caudill stood overtop punching the air like a boxer. On the next play, Mike Williams intercepted Ragone to seal the deal. Kentucky RB had 123 total yards to help key the offense.
a baby "Woo" was born in Poland to Marian and Grazylua Obrzut. Fan favorite Lukasz Obrzut was best known as an enforcer on the basketball court from 2003-2007. "Woo" finished his career with 196 points - 135 rebounds - 170 fouls. He was a part of a select group of players who really embraced being in the spotlight for Big Blue Nation. The Season Never Ends calendar says Woo's career highlight came against #4 Louisville during his junior season. He was inserted into the starting lineup and helped get the Cats to a 39-24 advantage by halftime. While only having four points, I'm sure he fouled the begeezus out of the Cards literally scaring them away from the basket. Woo's career high came against Vanderbilt and High Point, when he scored nine points in limited action. Woo is now a member of Lexington's new ABA team, the Bluegrass Stallions.
your University of Kentucky Wildcats gave its little brother the beatdown it deserved as they went into Little Caesar's Stadium and came out with a 27-2 victory. Steve Brown's defense controlled the game throughout, causing five turnovers, and shutting the Card offense down at will. Louisville's trendy preseason quarterback Hunter Cantwell turned the ball over four times in the fourth quarter alone to send the third largest crowd in Totino's Stadium history to the exits. It couldn't have been a more perfect way to start a career, as Mike Hartline watched his defense do most of the scoring in his first ever start. He won the job by default, as head coach Rich Brooks dismissed Curtis Pulley for a violation of team rules a few weeks earlier. Hartline also was responsible for Louisville's only score, as he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
your University of Kentucky Wildcats head football coach Rich Brooks finally announced who would start at quarterback in the season opener vs. Louisville. It had been a very heated and competitive battle throughout the spring and summer, but junior Andre Woodson showed the greater improvement coming down the stretch. Coach Brooks said Andre seemed to have more desire to lead the Cats than his counterpart Curtis Pulley. In addition, Woodson was much better in getting the ball down the field, more of a pocket passer which they were looking. The Cats were confident in their running game, and were looking for ways to stretch the defense.
nature model/all-time Kentucky basketball great Kenny "Sky" Walker helped lead the Uncle Sam's to the FIFA Junior World Championship. They won the gold medal game over the Russia Gorbachevs, 82-78. Walker's team-high 24 points sent a message to the communist world that Americans would not only destroy them in basketball, but produce a photo essay like the one here that is still unrivaled to this day. It was the second World Junior Basketball Championship for the Americans.
your rabid University of Kentucky fanbase woke up to the news that their recently departed men's head basketball coach, Billy Clyde Gillispie, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Anderson County. Rumors had circulated from the time Billy Clyde stepped foot in the Commonwealth that he wasn't scared to enjoy central Kentucky boozing it up, but doing it in Lawrenceburg of all places threw everyone off. It turns out, he and a friend had been playing some "night golf" and enjoyed a few pops. A gas station attendant called in the vehicle as driving erratically and the rest is history. Gillispie then went to a rehabilitation center and got the help he needed. Best of luck to BCG.
the University of Kentucky version of Michael Jordan.....Jim Master......scored 16 points in a Pan-Am Games showdown with the Brazil Amazons. The victory (87-79) wrapped up the gold medal for the Americans, and pushed their Pan-Am Games winning streak to 28 games. North Carolina's Michael Jordan added 16 points to help lead Team USA in a supporting role. The team was coached by Kansas State's Jack Hartman and was the third consecutive Pan-Am Games gold medal for the basketball squad. Unbeaten with an 8-0 record, the Americans struck gold for the eight time in nine tries. Other notable members of the team included Mark Price, Sam Perkins, and Wayman Tisdale. But none went on to have as successful a career as Kentucky's Jim Master. Go Cats.
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