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H-L runs down the greatest wins in Commonwealth Stadium history


Ahead of UK’s home opener against Central Michigan next weekend, Mark Story of the Herald-Leader put together a list of the ten best wins for the Cats in their current home stadium. Of course, the 2007 win over LSU tops the countdown, with that game still fresh in the memory of UK fans to this day. The Louisville game where ‘Stevie Got Loose’ also made the list, checking in at #7. Here’s the recap of that one, because remembering it never gets old:

7) 2007: UK 40, No. 9 Louisville 34

The setup: U of L had beaten UK four in a row and seven of the prior eight. With both teams coming off bowl victories from the prior season (Louisville Orange; Kentucky Music City) and with each boasting a star quarterback (U of L Brian Brohm; UK Andre Woodson) it was the most hyped game in the modern history of the Governor’s Cup rivalry.

The heroes: With UK trailing 34-33, Andre Woodson (275 yards passing; four touchdowns) hit Steve Johnson with a 57-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left to give Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks his first victory over U of L.

Quote: Rich Brooks: “It had more twists and turns than a Dickens novel.”

Lasting significance: Louisville has not beaten Kentucky since.

The list also features several games from decades past, including a win over Florida in 1974 and Hal Mumme’s upset of Alabama in 1997, along with a list of some of the milestone wins for UK in the stadium and a breakdown of who Kentucky has beaten and lost to the most in its current home. It’s a trip through a little bit of UK football history and an interesting read for Cat fans who are ready to get another season in Commonwealth underway, hopefully with a game that includes roughly 1/10000th of the drama of most of the ones on this list.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

8 Comments for H-L runs down the greatest wins in Commonwealth Stadium history

  1. tdogg4033011
    11:44 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll never forget the LSU game, that place may never be that loud again. One helluva game !!

  2. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:34 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    I put this together this morning so I decided to repost…

    Matt Jones has talked repeatedly about how UK will never be a great football team and he lists two factors (which many UK fans seem to have settled on for years even before Matt was chirping it):

    1. The amount of talent in the state of Kentucky is weak, and you can’t win with talent
    2. We will never get a premier coach

    It’s funny how Boise St. continues to prove this theory wrong year after year.
    (both points being rendered unessential). A Map of the US just in case you need to be reminded of where Idaho is located:

    Boise St. 2011-2012 Football Roster

    Boise State’s player distribution map…

    Total Boise St. Breakdown: (25% In State Idaho Player, 75% Out of State)

    28 California
    25 Idaho
    12 Texas
    7 Oregon
    5 Arizona
    5 Washington
    3 Colorado
    3 Amsterdam
    2 Florida
    2 Nevada
    2 Canada (Ontario)
    1 Wyoming
    1 Montana
    1 British Columbia
    1 Georgia
    1 Hawaii

    Total Kentucky Breakdown: (50% In State Idaho Player, 50% Out of State)

    48 Kentucky
    25 Georgia
    9 South Carolina
    9 Tennessee
    7 Alabama
    7 Florida
    6 Ohio
    4 Indiana
    3 California
    2 Illinois
    2 Louisiana
    1 Maryland
    1 Texas

    Kentucky 2011-2012 Football Roster

    Kentucky player distribution map…

    Kentucky should emulate Boise State’s proven recruiting success strategy.

    For us to have 48 “Kentucky” boys with scholarships from a state that ranks in the lower 5% of football players is poor strategy.

    Boise State has half of that (25) from Idaho (their home state). They are in the same situation we are when it comes to in state talent yet they don’t load up with it. We should take the best Kentucky has to offer, then spread out our search. The Georgia pipeline is a good start, but we need more of that thinking.

    Anyone who wants to enter into a serious discussion about this just look at Boise State and explain how they got 12 Texas kids to come all the way up to Idaho (which borders Canada). people talk about how bringing Texas A&M into the SEC will help the other SEC school lay inroads in to Texas recruiting yet where Boise State’s highway coming from? Is anyone going to attribute the signing of all 12 of Boise St’s current recruits from Texas to Texas Christian (located in Fort Worth and also in the Mountain West)? Look a bit further and you’ll see a majority of those kids are in different Texas markets (most from Houston) and only one from nearby Grand Prarie.

    Kentucky can win at football. We can compete. It’s all about setting the proper strategy and hiring the recruiters who can execute.

    Boise State has proven good strategy implemented and executed without relying on others to do the work for us. It’s also not surrendering to assumptions (we’ll never be good because we are in a talent limited state) that have no basis in reality.

  3. Some Guy in Kentucky
    12:50 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    The LSU game was a fun environment, even hours before the game started, because, we knew that UK was going to play like they expected to, and wanted to win. Something that has been missing the last 2 years. The players and coaches complain about the UK fans, but there has not been 1 game in the last 2 years that UK has played hard for 4 quarters. It is hard as a fan to get excited about a game when the players play like they do not care.

  4. BigBlueSkyDog
    1:32 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    The 2006 Georgia game deserves to be somewhere on the list too. It was the pivotal game in the Rich Brooks era. After that win, Kentucky put itself squarely in the bowl picture and put behind the blowout losses to LSU and U of L.

  5. TruestBlue
    4:21 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hmmmm, let’s see here… a young quarterback (who BTW won 5 games as a starter as a TRUE FRESHMAN), an offensive line that did not play together through Fall Camp, loss of two of UK’s best ever players in Cobb & Locke, loss of an experienced quarterback, only a couple of receivers who made significant contributions last season, an offensive depth chart with 6 freshman and 5 sophmores (for the mathmatically challenged that’s 42% of the 26 players named in the KSR 08/29 Post), and any simpleton knows an offense takes longer to gel. On the Defensive side, a new system with a depth chart with 6 freshman and 4 sophmores (45%), HELD last year’s 3rd D-1 NCAA running back to 41% fewer yards and ZERO touchdowns. Oh, and let’s get a young, inexperienced, bunch of SEC football players pumped up for a Holiday Thursday night game. with a Sunbelt Conference Team they hung 63 points on last year on one of the hottest nights of the year in a half-empty stadium 4 hours from home. HEY “CAT FANS”, WHAT THE HELL DID YOU EXPECT??? It could be worse, we could be Georgia, or Ole Miss… IT WAS AN UGLY WIN, BUT IT WAS A WIN… Please be careful jumping off the bandwagon, and when the CATS turn it around, please don’t be jumping back on!!!

  6. Baby Back Bob
    4:38 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Can UK just do away with football altogether? UK football is an embarassment.

  7. Calipari'sInYourEar
    7:14 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    The comments section of this website might as well not exist.

    The pages don’t load like they once did. It looks like someone is pulling the wool over peoples eyes. Either an IT guy who’s server farm is over capacity or KSR only concerning themselves with their posts and not those of others.

  8. Poco Chang
    4:10 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    What do you mean the LHL “runs down” our big wins? How dare they!