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Throwback Thursday: Tim Couch Leads UK Past UofL in Hal Mumme’s Debut


It’s time to turn back the clock to the beginning of the Air Raid era in Lexington.

Thirty-one days from my sixth birthday, it was one of my first Kentucky football memories.  I vividly remember walking through the Purple Lot and spotting a lawn chair on top of a car.  Sitting in the chair was a Halloween ornament, a mummy, an ironic and punny personification for the revival of Kentucky football.  The fans in the stands did not leave Hal Mumme’s debut disappointed.

After enduring low-scoring affairs in the past, Tim Couch threw for 398 yards, completed 34-of-50 passes and threw four touchdowns to lead Kentucky to a 38-24 win over Louisville in front of 60,000 people at Commonwealth Stadium.

Enjoy the highlights with Rob Bromley on the call.

168 days till football season.  

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 responses to “Throwback Thursday: Tim Couch Leads UK Past UofL in Hal Mumme’s Debut”

  1. BlueNotes

    Damn – that kid had stroke

  2. UKfanforlife

    Couch was Cool Hand Luke in the pocket and delivered the ball, the majority of time, on target so the receivers didn’t have to break stride.

    I was at that game and a few overly confident UL fans sat in front of me, boasting about how bad the Cards would beat the Cats. They didn’t say much, when the score was 21-0 UK in the first quarter and they left early. Watching sad UL fans leave the game, with their heads down, was icing on the cake.

    Mumme brought a much needed jolt to the program, but he was a terrible head coach and administrator. He had three times the receivers that you normally have on a team. He hired his buddy for DC who was less than brilliant, to be nice.

    The best situation would have been to hire a solid head coach and hire Mumme as the OC, or get somebody like him for OC. Mumme ball was exciting at first. But, it can’t be sustained, long term, when you have no balance at the other positions. Injuries happen. If you only have depth at receiver, you will get beat rather easily at the end of the season.