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Flashback Friday: The Last Time UK Won at Tennessee

It has been 36 years since the Kentucky Wildcats have won a football game in Knoxville. UK’s 1984 season finale ended with a bang.

Kentucky punched Tennessee in the mouth on the first play of the game. David Thompson forced a fumble to put the Cats in scoring position. George Adams punched the ball into the end zone a few plays later and the Cats never looked back. Kentucky upended the 7-2 Vols 17-12 to seal a spot in the Hall of Fame Game.

Kentucky’s players celebrated by hoisting Jerry Claibourne onto their shoulders and carrying the victorious head coach off the field. Just two years after an 0-10-1 season, Kentucky won eight regular season games to complete one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college football history.

The Cats ultimately finished the season 9-3, ranked No. 19 after a 20-19 win over Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Game. For more, you can watch a complete replay of Kentucky’s win on the UTV network below.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Flashback Friday: The Last Time UK Won at Tennessee

  1. SuperTroy18
    4:47 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    What an INCREDIBLE turnaround! Wow! That ‘84 team was for real!

  2. east-ky-boy
    5:43 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    I was 5 years old then. I like our uniforms back then actually. But man alive I’m glad the style of offense has changed! We ran a wing t in high school and looking back, that was so boring

    • Skooms
      5:56 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

      Crazy seeing Senior Joker Phillips score TD’s. Who would have thought that 25 years later he would be our HC?! Yes a VERY bad one, but still the HC.

  3. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    11:55 am October 16, 2020 Permalink


  4. Mr. BBN
    1:26 pm October 16, 2020 Permalink

    Bring back the power K. At least for one game a year or something.

  5. Bo T'Load
    4:52 pm October 16, 2020 Permalink

    David Thompson was a Nose Guard if I recall correctly and a Captain; A St. X guy who got to LEX via Ball St. He went on to lead KENTUCKY to a Bowl victory in December 1984 over Barry Alvarez’ Wisconsin Badgers. He is/was truly a great KENTUCKY Wildcat. GO CATS!