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17-year streak on the line this Saturday

A win streak 17 years in the making is on the line this Saturday when Kentucky travels to Columbia for a football game with the Gamecocks. The Cats are looking for an 18th consecutive win in the second game of the season, dating all the way back to Tim Couch’s final year in Lexington. Couch went 32-of-41 for 372 yards and five touchdowns in a game against EKU in 1998 and Kentucky’s been winning Week 2 ever since:

1998: vs. Eastern Kentucky, 52-7
1999: vs. Connecticut, 45-14
2000:  vs. South Florida, 27-9
2001: vs. Ball State, 28-20
2002: vs. UTEP, 77-17
2003: vs. Murray State, 37-6
2004: vs. Indiana, 51-32
2005: vs. Idaho State, 41-29
2006: vs. Texas State, 41-7
2007: vs. Kent State, 56-20
2008: vs. Norfolk State, 38-3
2009: vs. Louisville, 31-27
2010: vs. Western Kentucky, 63-28
2011: vs. Central Michigan, 27-13
2012: vs. Kent State, 47-14
2013: vs. Miami OH, 41-7
2014: vs. Ohio, 20-3

Granted, all 17 of those games were played in Commonwealth Stadium. But still. Seventeen years.

This Saturday’s game will be UK’s first Week 2 on the road and its first Week 2 in the conference since 1997, when the Cats traveled to Starkville to face Mississippi State. That was the last time we saw a UK loss in the second game of the season.

Let’s make it 18.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for 17-year streak on the line this Saturday

  1. Brandon
    1:12 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    In all seriousness look who we played in the past 17 years
    No wonder we’ve won the last 17 games. As you can tell from all of the scores it shows most of those teams were all mostly from Conference USA,MAC,Big Ten.

    • CardFan502
      1:55 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      At least one was against Louisville, who is the greatest football team in the history of college football. But we’re gonna have to put an asterisk by it since it was the Kraigthorpe years.

    • Cardz4Lyfe
      5:31 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      The “modern era” began after we canned Kragthorpe. Quit living in the past, Cayut fans.

  2. jopo53
    1:45 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hmmmm…looks like this is the first SEC team, as well. If we’re gonna keep the streak alive, it may as well be against Spurrier. We got this.

  3. CalRipken
    2:03 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    The only streaking that will continue is maybe a Gamecock female cheerleader moving across the field buck naked…..

  4. deWildcat
    2:15 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Two streaks, 17 game 2nd winning streak and 22 on-the-road losing streak … one will continue.

  5. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:33 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    That’s a pretty random stat. I do like the tradition of playing a cupcake at home for game 2 though. So why change to playing a perennial top-25 team on the road? This could either raise our hopes for the season higher than Herbstreet’s pre-season prediction, or it will have us looking forward to BBall season a few weeks earlier this year.

  6. pfife
    3:33 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Even though the competition is soft (there’s even some 1-AA/FCS schools on the list) it’s crazy that KY has started 2-0 for so long. Pretty irrelevant in the long run. I guess another random fact is that the 2-0 starts in the last seventeen years only resulted in a bowl game seven times. And that’s with the addition of a lot of mediocre bowls in the last 20 years.

    • Bbnbbw
      3:43 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      The streak isn’t 2-0 just winning the second game of the season. We lost to western twice in the first game of the season just in recent history.

    • Elk
      3:52 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      Also, don’t forget that Louisville used to be our first opponent. We had a few losses in those first games because of Petrino.

      * I used to like Louisville until they brought him back.

    • pfife
      4:52 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      My bad. You’re right.

  7. RightForTheFight
    8:39 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Can we at least give McMurphy credit or a shout for this. Not trying to troll, but none of us were paying attention to this until he pointed it out.