On This Date In UK History

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October 22nd

... in 1977, your University of Kentucky Wildcats gave the Prince of Wales his first American football experience. Kentucky played Georgia in Athens while the Prince was stateside. At halftime, Prince Charles was able to meet Kentucky All-American Art Still and head coach Fran Curci. When the Prince came upon the 6'6" Still, he said, “You’re a tall one aren’t you?” Big Blue ultimately destroyed the Bulldogs that day, 33-0, and finished the 1977 season with a 10-1 record. Curci, who coached the Cats for nine seasons, is still the longest tenured coach in program history to this day.

October 21st

... in 2007, following a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the almighty Tim Tebow and Florida, your University of Kentucky Wildcats remained in the top 15 in each of the four main college football polls. This meant Kentucky would be in the top 25 polls for its sixth consecutive week, its longest streak in 30 years. The release from UK noted:

#14 AP poll (previous #8)
#15 ESPN/USA Today (previous #13)
#15 Harris Interactive (previous #11
#14 BCS standings (previous #7)
Kentucky was 6-2 on the season, 2-2 in the hardest division of the hardest conference in college football. Those rankings and previous rankings are mind-boggling.

October 20th

... in 2007, ESPN College Gameday made its first appearance in Lexington, KY, for the SEC clash between 8th ranked Kentucky and 14th ranked Florida (read that sentence again). Coming off a triple-overtime 43-37 upset of #1 LSU the previous week in Commonwealth Stadium, the football Cats were once again the center of the college football universe. The most popular college preview show in history chose the northwest side of the massive William T. Young Library to set up shop for the day. They were greeted by a massive audience and scholars maintain it was the loudest group of people ever assembled in one place (in the history of the world). The Gators would ultimately win the shootout 45-37 with a Tim Tebow rushing touchdown with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Andre Woodson finished the game 35-50 415 yards and 5 touchdowns. Stevie Johnson and Dicky Lyons, Jr., both had eight catches for well over 100 yards a piece. A brave and proud effort from a program that was clearly on the rise.


October 19th

... in 2002, Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cats to victory in Fayetteville, 29-17. The win pushed Kentucky’s record to 5-2 on the year. Two touchdowns in a 29-second span in the third quarter keyed the Cats, who trailed 10-9 at half. Mike Williams picked off Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones in the first play of the third quarter, then Artose Pinner scored on the next play to give Big Blue a 16-10 lead. Derek Abney’s 86-yard punt return for a touchdown put the lead out of reach. Pinner ended the game with 71 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Aaron Boone led Kentucky wideouts with 102 yards on 7 catches.

October 18th

... in 2003, backup quarterback Shane Boyd did a bit of everything as Kentucky blasted Ohio 35-14 in Lexington. Starter Jared Lorenzen was taken out of the game after two fumbles in the first quarter. Boyd entered in relief and went on to have touchdown scoring runs of 8 and 12 yards, a 42-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Cook, and a 30-yard touchdown reception from Lorenzen. J-Load actually had two touchdown passes in the final 10:07, the other to Derek Abney giving him 74 for his collegiate career, tying him with Tim Couch for the school record. Shane Boyd ended the game with 189 total yards.

October 17th

... in 2000, in a futuristic endeavor, the University of Kentucky sold 700 tickets online to Big Blue Madness, selling out in 13 minutes. This was the first time in Big Blue Madness history that tickets were offered over the Interwebs. The remaining 8,000 or so were sold at ticket counters and were gone in 10 minutes. The theme of Big Blue Madness 2000 was Survivor: Outhustle, Outplay, Outlast, a takeoff of the popular CBS hit reality show that chronicled the everyday struggles of a nude middle-aged white man who wandered up and down the beach and later evaded the IRS. Whoa, bet they wish they could have that one back.

Note: This event actually took place on October 13, 2000, but no one knows any different. Continue to spout this knowledge throughout the office as if it is your own.

October 16th

... in 1999, Derek Homer scored two touchdowns, Anthony White had 133 total yards, and Dusty Bonner threw for 294 yards as Kentucky manhandled LSU 31-5 in Commonwealth Stadium. The win was the third straight for the Wildcats and moved them to 5-2 on the 1999 season. The Kentucky defense, anchored by Harrodsburg native Dennis Johnson, gave up only 227 yards of total offense. It was the first time in head coach Hal Mumme’s 30 games that his team had not given up a touchdown. Halfway through the fourth quarter up 26 points, Hal Mumme ran a fake punt on a fourth-and-22 from the UK 42 yard line. Upback A.J. Simon hit tight end Derek Smith for 23 yards and a first down. I’m guessing the Karma Gods were looking on and waiting for the right time to repay us. Need I say more?


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