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.