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People Forget That: How UK Beat Bama in ’97

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People Forget That…

— The current offensive line coach, John Schlarman, was a starter on the 1997 offensive line.

— Shaun Alexander played for the Crimson Tide.  But the Kentucky native didn’t play too much against UK.  Another Alexander, Curtis, took most of the snaps at running back.  The Florence native only had 415 yards 3 touchdowns in the 1997 season.

They threw a lot of screens.  It wasn’t just Joker. In fact, their most explosive plays were dumps down to the running backs.  Derek Homer went 62 yards after catching a screen pass for a score.  Anthony White’s score from a screen pass gave UK their first lead at 20-17.

Couch threw three interceptions before the midpoint of the third quarter.  Not good, but when you consider he had 42 pass attempts through three quarters, no wonder people couldn’t stay mad at him.

—  Wide receivers dropped easy passes in the Air Raid too.

—  The Cats gave up a touchdown on a trick play.  On the reverse pass, NO ONE was there to cover the receiver leaking out along the sideline.  It nearly cost the Cats the game, allowing Alabama to pull within three points in the 3rd quarter.  After faltering on the next drive, they snapped it over the punter’s head and every UK fan knew a collapse was around the corner.

—  UK scored on a blocked field goal.  They made up for the third quarter mishaps when Anwar Stewart returned a blocked field goal 56 yards for a score in the 4th quarter.  This score would give UK a 34-31 lead.  Bama’s field goal in the final minute of the 4th quarter forced OT.

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—  “People forget that Freddie Kitchen was Mr. Football in the state of Alabama.”  That’s exactly what Derrick Ramsey said on the broadcast about Alabama’s quarterback.  If people forgot about it then, they definitely don’t remember now.

—  How awesome the Big Blue Sports Network was.  Hearing Rob Bromley’s broadcast on the late tape delay was how I went to sleep on Saturday nights.  I took him for granted, just like how we all took this graphics package for granted.

People DON’T Forget That…

—  Watching UK play defense is painful.  There’s only been a few rare exceptions, but for always and forever, the Cats control their opponents on first and second downs, only to allow a disastrous third down conversion.  Against Bama, the only way UK could stop the Tide in overtime was by forcing a fumble.  

—  Snedegar was scary.  There probably isn’t a scarier person to ever wear the blue and white than the mustachioed linebacker. 

—  Couch to Yeast, for the win.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

16 Comments for People Forget That: How UK Beat Bama in ’97



  1. scorpiocard
    11:12 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

    OH COME ON!!

    How you beat Bama in 97 is that they sucked. They finished the season with a 4-7 record for crying out loud!! They also lost to Louisianan Tech…AT HOME!

    Probably the only time in the history of college football that a fan base has torn down the goalposts after they beat a team only ranked #20, and that finished with a losing record. I still laugh about this to this day. LOL!!!



    • OptimisticCat
      11:27 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

      Did you laugh so hard it squirted to the ceiling?



    • @GoCayts
      11:41 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

      Alabama came here 3-1 and ranked #20 with their only loss a 1 pt loss to Arkansas … and we won a great back and forth game in overtime which was I think both teams’ first ever overtime game as it was a recent change to college football … they should have all just said to themselves “we shouldn’t really celebrate and storm the field and tear down the goalposts because Alabama is probably down this year and will probably finish 4-7”



    • Booby Petrino
      11:46 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

      I still laugh to this day about your obsession with all things UK. And how you think Louisville is a powerhouse football school when they can’t even win their high school conference.



    • scorpiocard
      12:10 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      @GoCayts

      I see your point, although I still think it is pretty weak to tear down the goalposts when you beat a team ranked #20. I get that uk had not beat Bama in like a zillion years, but still, who tears down the goalposts when you beat a team only ranked #20?

      My point was more along the lines of it is so typical of uk football to tear down the goalposts after beating a team who ended up 4-7. What they were at the time is irrelevant to the inevitable curse of uk football kicking in and them finishing 4-7.

      But answer this…what says “we are the biggest losers more than reminiscing about a win from 20 years ago that ended up 4-7 with a home loss to Louisiana Tech? You know now that Bama sucked that year. For most any school (that is not a bottom feeder) this would be a forgotten game that was won over an opponent who turned out to suck that season.

      What say uk football more than making a bid deal about beating a 4-7 team 20 years ago? I don’t care what the name on the jersey is. That just screams desperation.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:19 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      I think this game is being replayed not so much because of upsetting Alabama as because it was one of the more memorable moments during the Couch/Mumme era.



    • scorpiocard
      12:22 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      Please excuse the typos above. my my…

      @Booby

      I’m not sure what you hope to gain by making a stupid post.

      FYI I went to uk, and have very likely been to more uk football games than you.

      As for our “high school conference”, FSU was the defending national champions U of L’s first season in. Clemson very nearly won the NC our second season in. That’s high school??

      I know you probably don’t know that FSU and Clemson are both ranked in the top 5 in every preseason poll out there, Clemson #1 in several. U of L is in every preseason top 25, and that all three are in the Atlantic division of the ACC. You are probably clueless that everyone in the nation besides bbn considers the ACC Atlantic to be the toughest conference division in the nation along with the SEC West.

      So yeah…we are in a “high school conferecne,” but in a division that is universally considered in the top 2 in the nation, and picked by many as the dark horse to win it.

      Try a little harder to come up with something not so stupid please.



    • scorpiocard
      12:25 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      @Sentient Third Eye

      Perhaps, but there were much better wins during that time than the one over Bama.



    • J-Dub421
      12:32 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      You might have a point if U of L ever beat Clemson or FSU, but they don’t. U of L barely managed to squeak out wins against Boston College and Wake Forest who only had 6 wins COMBINED.



    • scorpiocard
      12:41 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      Clemson barely squeaked out wins against us the last two seasons. By all rights should have lost to us two seasons ago at home.

      We know we have stepped up. It will take time to get to where we can beat them, but we are solidly in the top of the conference and have been both seasons.

      Last season was a rebuilding year. We may beat one or both this year. Maybe not. We have only been in the conference for two seasons.

      Regardless of how close the BC and WF games may have been (in a rebuilding year) we still went 9-4 and 8-5 the last two seasons.



    • scorpiocard
      2:38 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      …in a basketball conference 😉



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:43 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

      Has Louisville ever beaten Alabama…..?



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:58 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

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      @CardChronicle what exactly did you do to ruin Scorpiocard’s life? Dude lives to hate you.

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      gocardsattitude [email protected] 13 Jun 2012
      @troydstout scorpiocard is 12.

      Paul Peavler [email protected] 11 Jan 2012
      @ULhothot @cardscott5 Pretty bad. Clay Ables, scorpiocard, Whacker77, all the big name trolls suddenly make a return.

      Chris Sohl [email protected] 16 Feb 2011
      Somebody please tell scorpiocard he’s got diarrhea of the keyboard. I can’t do it.

      doctorofdunk [email protected] 10 Sep 2013
      @ULhothot I’ve already decided to live-yell my tweets at both road games in TX. Canned shout-out to ScorpioCard, #fth, etc.

      “scorpiocard says:
      December 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm
      No one! turns down Texas? How ridiculous. Cracks me up how simple minded folks always think they know what someones else’s career priorities are.

      Jim Tom you know what else comes with the Texas job? CRAZY fan base expectations. If a new coach had one bad season their life would become a living hell. Charlie Strong is also a devoted family man with two daughters in their final years of high school. He’s not going to move them for ANY job. He may leave after they graduate. Sure its possible. Before they do? No way.

      Your idiotic response makes me laugh.



  2. Sentient Third Eye
    11:48 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Relying on screen passes back then was different than today because today defenses are faster (which is entirely in response to the way Mumme completely changed the game of football). Joker and OC Sanders’ fault was that they didn’t adapt as the SEC adapted to the air raid and its “children”, spread offenses.



  3. gabedadi3
    12:15 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Stealing from PMT now huh?



  4. SoCalCat
    1:15 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    The recent couple years of Stoops hype has really masked how woeful UK football has been. I hope his hype pays off this year. Go Cats!