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Silence in the Sandstorm: Denzil Ware’s Fond Memories from South Carolina


The second game of Denzil Ware’s Kentucky career is still one of his best, thanks to one heroic play.

With 8:09 left to play in Columbia, South Carolina, Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks scored to shrink the Kentucky lead to two.  Just two yards away from a tie game, Pharoh Cooper did not put the ball into the end zone, he put it on the ground.

“At the end of the game, in their stadium, hearing everybody go quiet…It felt good.  I felt like Steph (Curry) when he hit the three in the fourth and silenced the game.”

Ware’s 97-yard scamper changed the game for good.  It was the straw that broke Spurrier’s back.  The legendary coach left the profession for good exactly one month after the 26-22 loss to Kentucky.  Most importantly, it was an SEC win on the road, something Kentucky had not done in a long time.

“We hadn’t won a road game in like 80 years.”  Ware’s math is a little fuzzy, but it felt that long at the time.  He certainly did not feel good about it entering the game.  His first memories of his first road game were not of that decisive two-point score.

“I just remember me having a 103 fever before the game.  Them rushing a lot of fluids in my veins and all that trying to break my fever, sleeping with the heat on, and then just going out there.”

Playing through sickness, Ware learned two important things in his first road game.  Each could benefit the Cats on this week’s road trip to Columbia.

“I like playing on the road more than I do here;” and, “The 11 guys who hit the hardest is the 11 guys who’s going to win.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

12 Comments for Silence in the Sandstorm: Denzil Ware’s Fond Memories from South Carolina

  1. hillbilly cat
    7:42 pm September 13, 2017 Permalink

    Two years ago at South Carolina Jacob Hyde was the fullback who made huge blocks for touchdowns for a monster win on the road. Hyde was on the goal line stand last year against Louisville for the biggest win of the year. This year as a fifth year senior Hyde is not allowed on plane to South Carolina because “we can only take so many players”. He could have transferred and played his fifth year anywhere in the country but stuck with BBN because he loved UK. Special thanks to the coaching staff for supporting our local hero. #BBN

    • USMC5150
      9:08 pm September 13, 2017 Permalink

      Let him keep plowing a path and open some holes for a struggling O line.

  2. ArmyCatFan
    9:10 pm September 13, 2017 Permalink

    Whoa! Is that true^? If so, how do you know that?

  3. hillbilly cat
    10:18 pm September 13, 2017 Permalink

    Yes sir. Very disappointing to a kid (now man) that gave everything for this school. Just ask Stoops if he rewards players for hard work and dedication or if he rewards players with bad attitudes, poor work ethic, and the low football IQ. I could go on and on….

    • StuckinLville
      5:48 am September 14, 2017 Permalink

      Wouldn’t it make more sense to have a freshmen stay behind rather a veteran? If this is the kind of stuff Stoops is doing, no wonder players leave the program like crazy. Not very smart to leave a valuable asset behind, especially one that has helped before.

  4. maximumscott
    11:10 pm September 13, 2017 Permalink

    Chuck Walker…

  5. Parker_UKFanNC
    12:06 am September 14, 2017 Permalink

    This was a fantastic game and also my first time going to a college football experience. Shout out to my South Carolina friend for inviting me.

  6. ClutchCargo
    9:33 am September 14, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s continue our new tradition of starting rumors about Stoops and/or the team at the first sign that the team might struggle. It’s such a good look for our fan base.

  7. hillbilly cat
    10:10 am September 14, 2017 Permalink

    Not rumors. Just facts. Just saying.

    • BBNDan7
      10:42 am September 14, 2017 Permalink

      Until you can provide a credible source or article on that, it’s a rumor.

  8. hillbilly cat
    6:52 pm September 14, 2017 Permalink

    Update: Team leadership expressed major displeasure to coaches that Hyde was not allowed to travel to SC. A seat “became available”.

    • BBNDan7
      2:48 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

      So your rumor was false and now your spilling more crap to cover yourself is all I see