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Since we last beat the Gamecocks…

(photo via Saturday Down South)

Remember that time Kentucky beat South Carolina? UK was unranked, USC was No. 10 in the country, and a 13-point favorite. It was back in 2010 and the Cats were coming into the contest 0-3 in the SEC after starting the season 3-0 against non-conference opponents. That was the scene the last time Spurrier and his Cocks visited Lexington. The Cats beat the Gamecocks in front of 68,000, televised nationally on ESPN2 by a score of 31-28. Fans rushed the field and Tom Leach’s iconic call of, “Ding dong the streak is dead,” rang out on the airwaves.

This weekend the Old Ball Coach will return, but expectations seem even more distant than they were back then. The opening line of the game is -21.

What has happened since the last big-time Kentucky football upset, and the program’s first win against Steve Spurrier?

Kentucky has an 8-14 overall record. A few of those eight wins are against the might powers of Charleston Southern, Central Michigan and Jacksonville State.

— Kentucky has a 3-10 SEC record. Those three SEC wins are against Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Tennessee; at the time of those games, among the three worst teams in the league.

— As a comparison, South Carolina has gone on to a 20-5 record since losing to Kentucky. Four of their five losses came to ranked teams.

— Overall, the Cats have been outscored 441-572, averaging out to a score of 20-26; less than a touchdown per game. Significant outliers are a 28-point win over Charleston Southern, 38-point loss to Florida, 28-point loss to LSU, 51-point loss to USC, 30-point loss to Vanderbilt, 33-point win over Kent State, and a 38-point loss to Florida.

— Considering only conference games, Kentucky has been outscored in SEC play 194-392. That is an average score of 15-30; over two touchdowns per game.

— Of their 441 total points scored since beating South Carolina, 247 have come outside SEC play to inferior opponents. Or 56% of their total points scored.

— Only 31% of the points scored against the Cats came against non-conference opponents.

— Commonwealth Stadium attendance continues to plummet. Many are predicting a record-breaking low turnout this weekend, surpassing the previous all-time low since 1999 set against Kent State earlier this season.

— Kentucky has changed quarterbacks six times. From Mike Hartline, to Morgan Newton, to Max Smith, to wideout Matt Roark, and back to Smith, then back to Newton again, and finally inserting Jalen Whitlow last week.

It’s no surprise that fan support has continued to drop over the course of the Joker Phillips era. The product on the field is getting worse and worse. The only thing we can hope for — and Joker too — is for his system and players to kick into gear before it’s too late.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

26 Comments for Since we last beat the Gamecocks…



  1. Rockfield, KY
    5:04 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    SC fans won’t even come up for this game. It wouldn’t be any fun for them to watch an a$$ kicking in an empty stadium.



  2. tltaworl
    5:14 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why is this still Kentuckysportsradio.com? Time to rename it http://www.thejokeisover.com



  3. Shelton's Mistress
    5:15 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I think Joker should get
    1 more year. Let’s see what
    happens when his recruits
    become upper classmen? Kentucky’s not going to get
    any decent coach regardless
    so give Phillips a 4th year.



  4. thewaitfor8
    5:18 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve had some fun nights in Lexington, but we were up til the sun came up after this game. We will get killed on Saturday, but 2 years ago, that night was awesome.



  5. Lol
    5:30 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ding dong the streak begins



  6. dave
    5:31 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    mark hudspeth
    butch jones
    sonny dykes
    todd berry
    kliff kingsbury
    bud foster
    willie taggart
    bryan harsin
    tom herman
    kirby smart
    manny diaz



  7. shinny
    6:02 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Smith plays and freshmen on defense we WIN it’s really that simple!!!!!!



  8. Rixter
    6:03 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    We could have scored 34 on them, but 31 was enough.



  9. BURRRRR
    6:09 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    The last point is stupid. Injuries are a part of the game, that’s why Newton and Smith have traded starting spots. And Whitlow didn’t start so I don’t think he should be thrown in the list. I don’t think it’s too crazy to have 4 different QBs start a game over the span of 3 seasons.



  10. tdogg40330
    6:10 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    ole ball coach better be careful what he says, this might be a little better
    game then he thinks …



  11. Rixter
    6:11 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    By the way, the upperclassmen ARE Joker’s recruits



  12. Rixter
    6:12 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #10, we lost to Western Kentucky.



  13. tdogg40330
    6:20 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    12) Yeah, and ya point?? Auburn got beat by LM, then turned around and played
    LSU to a 2 point game. If Smith plays UK can play with Spurriers boys.



  14. Beavis
    6:27 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I am sorry tdogg,,,,,we have no shot at beating them.



  15. tdogg40330
    6:44 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    14) I didnt say UK was gonna beat them, I said they can play with them.



  16. tdogg40330
    6:44 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    IF Max is playing QB



  17. SCCat
    7:42 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I too think we can make a game of this – the D has to show up like they did last week for a while, and if Smith plays we should have more sustained offensive drives to keep the D a little fresher.

    i hate spurrier, and you can tell from my name that this is the most important game on the schedule for me personally.

    Randall Cobb will always be my hero. Let’s go blue – shock the world! Saturday night is as good a time as any.



  18. iamthebobcat
    7:59 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Please be in your seats 20 minutes prior to kick-off to view the video of Mitch Barnhart’s triumphant ascent to Mount Kilanmijaro’s summit earlier this summer. He met the Dhali Lama who told him who to hire for our next football coach. You cannot miss this! You will not believe your ears! We are but a mere four days away from the most stunning revelation in the history of UK sports!



  19. ,mas,mda
    8:01 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    “Ding dong the streak is dead” was from the UK-Tennessee game. Whoever made the video must’ve added that clip in…



  20. Chris
    8:54 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #19 he said it both times



  21. Beavis
    9:20 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I am sorry tdogg,,,,we have no shot a playing with them.



  22. Coaches Agent
    9:40 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I have thoroughly reviewed the resumes of all the coaches that I represent. Following are the top five candidates bsaed upon my personal experience with each and my computer model matches:

    1) Jim Jefferson
    2) Ronald Thompson
    3) Jason Highsmith
    4) Alvin Forester
    5) Jesus Gonzalis *

    * Although all are excellent candidates, my recommendation is Jesus Gonzalis. That is primarily due to his offensive genusis and his ability to effectively deal with media.

    Anxious for you feedback on these five quality candidates.



  23. jaws2
    10:41 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #22, I agree. It will take Jesus to turn this thing around!



  24. STEVE!
    11:03 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    USCjr scored 54 on a defense that included Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy. How many will they score on a defense that doesn’t include those two?



  25. lol
    11:08 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #3, In case you missed it, these are all Jokers recruits. He was recruiting these players before he became head coach. Recruiting is supposed to be Joker’s strong point. UH, we finish toward the bottom every year, so not sure about all that.



  26. BigBlueJohnny
    10:01 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    22) Never heard of any of these coaches. (Yes, partly because I’m just uninformed.) But I believe UK Football needs the equivalent of Coach Cal – a coaching name that is actually nationally known and can recruit based upon the coach. UK football cannot recruit – the name of the right coach will recruit, just like Cal did for Bball. I hate what he did but Petrino is probably the best coach available. Is he eligible to coach? Don’t know if he has been sanctioned by the NCAA and is perhaps ineligible. CATS probably lose big this weekend but I’ll be watching and cheering anyway. Just hope they play with heart and pride and that the coaches give them the chance to compete. GO CATS!