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22 Strong: UK wins by 22 in game dedicated to Chris Oats



The Kentucky football team dedicated Saturday’s win over Mississippi State to Chris Oats, a veteran teammate who was hospitalized back in May with a very serious medical issue away from football. Oats spent the last several months in a rehabilitation facility, but returned home to his family this weekend to continue his long recovery toward normal life.

Chris Oats has returned home following medical emergency

Since losing Oats from football, the Wildcats have taken on the ’22 Strong’ mantra this season, and in Saturday’s game the guy starting in Oats’ place at middle linebacker, Jamin Davis, intercepted a pass in the end zone while wearing Oats’ No. 22 jersey as a tribute.

Prior to taking the field, Davis tweeted a video of Oats with the #22Strong hashtag:

After the game, Davis explained, “It was very emotional all day thinking about him.”

Adding to the tribute to Oats, in somewhat of a storybook ending, Kentucky won the game, 24-2… a 22-point margin of victory.

Head coach Mark Stoops said, “It was really important to us. We did just dedicate that game ball to Chris and we’re going to bring it up to him tomorrow so it was important for us to play well and inspire Chris to continue with his rehab.”

“If i could just say thank you,” Stoops continued, “I haven’t talked about it since the opening of the GoFundMe. Just greatly appreciate the BBN. It doesn’t surprise me that you’ve supported that so well, and his family.”

The GoFundMe for Oats and his family is over $26,000. Click here to keep that number climbing.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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6 Comments for 22 Strong: UK wins by 22 in game dedicated to Chris Oats

  1. runningunnin.454
    11:48 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    And, John Short predicted 25; he did a lot better than me…I won’t tell you my prediction, ha ha.

  2. SuperTroy18
    12:23 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Cats seem to be pretty great at that. Didn’t they win by J-Lo’s number on his tribute night last season too?

    • AreJ
      10:04 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      No, they beat Arkansas 24-20. It was Lynn’s first at QB.

  3. Section233
    12:27 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Love the 22 Jersey tributes and to get a pick in the end zone before half. Awesome!

    Any idea what the medical emergency was that caused him to be in a rehabilitation facility for months. Why such a secret?

  4. Section233
    12:33 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Did he get shot?

  5. cats646
    1:17 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Didn’t we win by 22 when we dedicated the game to Jarred????!!