To celebrate the 150th year of college football, a panel of 150 media members, athletic administrators, players and coaches submitted their ballots to select the greatest 150 college football games ever played.
Your University of Kentucky Wildcats made the cut twice. You probably weren’t around to remember the first. Ranked No. 71 is Kentucky’s 13-7 win over Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl.
Kentucky coach Bear Bryant used three defensive tackles and nine-men in the box to slow down the Sooners and end their 31-game winning streak. Wilbur Jamerson caught and rushed for a touchdown in the first half and five Oklahoma turnovers helped the Wildcats hang on for the upset win.
The second appearance by the Wildcats is game you probably wish you could forget, 2002’s Bluegrass Miracle. The 33-30 loss at the buzzer to sixteenth-ranked LSU comes in at No. 113.
With the Wildcats leading in the final seconds, more than 2,000 UK fans were on the sideline ready to tear down the goalposts, and the Wildcats had already doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade. LSU had one last prayer when Marcus Randall dropped back from his team’s 15-yard line. A UK defender deflected the ball into LSU receiver Devery Henderson’s hand, and he ran into the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown with no time left to complete the “Bluegrass Miracle.”
This is the part of the post where I would typically add the picture of a stunned Morris covered in Gatorade, but you already know exactly what that looks like.