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The 2018 Kentucky Football Team’s 5 Most Impressive Accomplishments

1. Nine Regular Season Wins. Since Bear Bryant roamed the sidelines, only the 1977 team won more regular season games than the 2018 Wildcats.  They are only the fourth team in school history to record nine regular season wins.

2. They Beat Good Teams. Kentucky didn’t beat a bunch of scrubs to reach this monumental milestone.  The Cats defeated four teams with at least eight wins — Florida, Miss. State, Missouri and Middle Tennessee — and claimed victories over six bowl eligible teams, a first in program history.

Louisville isn’t a good team, but it feels good to hand your rival a 46-point loss at home, the worst in Cardinal Stadium history.  Speaking of beating your rival on the road, what about that 31-game win streak Florida?

Watch Stoops give the game ball to Coach Schlarman and don’t cry. I dare you. 

3. Second in the SEC East — Before last year, Kentucky had never finished second in the SEC East.  They’ve now done it in consecutive seasons and this year they hold the tiebreaker with Florida.  The five SEC victories are the most in conference since 1977.  The senior class leaves campus with 13 SEC wins, tied for the most SEC wins in school history, and a few win streaks over SEC East opponents.

  • South Carolina: 5
  • Missouri: 4
  • Vanderbilt: 3
  • Florida: 1

4. Presence in the Polls. After this week’s conference championship games, Kentucky will make their 11th appearance in the AP Poll.  It will be the most in one year in school history. In the fifth year of the CFB Playoff Rankings, UK made their first appearance. Since then they’ve remained in the Top 25 each week.

5. Josh Allen — The one-man wrecking crew will leave UK as the school’s greatest pass rusher.  He now owns the single-season (14) and career sack records (28.5).  A future first round draft pick, Allen could become the first Kentucky Wildcat to ever win the Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott awards.

More to Come

Benny Snell — Snell has rewritten the UK rushing record book.  He needs 107 yards in the bowl game to break Sonny Collin’s all-time rushing mark.  If he gets another touchdown, he’ll move into a tie with Herschel Walker for second in SEC history in career touchdowns.

Terrific Terry — Despite the midseason criticism, Wilson has been incredibly efficient.  He completed 60 percent or more of his passes in 10-of-12 games.  Entering the bowl game, Wilson has completed 67.6 percent of his passes.  It’s the second best completion percentage by a Kentucky quarterback in a single season (min. 200 att.), trailing only Tim Couch’s 1998 season.

Lynn Bowden — With five more receptions, Lynn Bowden will have the most catches by a sophomore receiver in school history.  Derek Abney currently holds that title with 66 receptions in his sophomore year.

10 Wins — In 103 years of football, only two Kentucky football teams have double-digit wins: the 1977 squad and Bear Bryant’s 1950 Sugar Bowl Champions.  History is on the line this New Year’s.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for The 2018 Kentucky Football Team’s 5 Most Impressive Accomplishments



  1. TonyMontana
    6:54 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    You made an error…. If Snell gets 3 more touchdowns (Not one) he’ll move into a tie with Walker.

    SEC Career Rushing Touchdowns:
    Tim Tebow: 57
    Herschel Walker: 49
    Benny Snell: 46
    Cadillac Williams: 45
    Nick Chubb: 44
    Bo Jackson: 43
    Derrick Henry: 42
    Shaun Alexander: 41
    Leonard Fournette: 40

    That is some nice company! Man, it would be crazy if he came back for a Senior season but we got some really good RBs ready to fill the spot.



    • cats646
      8:20 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

      If he did come back he would destroy that record!! That’s crazy to think about. Also he didn’t even play until game 4 his freshman year so he has done all of this in just 2.5 seasons! What an animal.



  2. CatManDo
    7:44 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    Only Alabama and Georgia had a better conference and overall record than UK. Last I checked those teams are pretty good.



  3. UKfanman01
    7:48 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    Snell, once again, is HIGHLY underrated. The fact that he’s passed a ton of those guys who were constantly talked about non stop and isnt even mentioned for Heisman is a shame. If he played for good ole Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, you get my point, his name would be plastered everywhere.The Cats are still disrespected at every turn. Its shameful. I’ve also obtained some insider info on Eddie Gran and his play calling. I want to publicly apologize for slamming him, as he was only doing as he was instructed. Our OC isnt the root cause of bad play calling



    • WildcatCam
      12:05 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

      What’d you hear?



  4. east-ky-boy
    7:52 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    Soooooo don’t like nick. But this has definitely been a great year!



  5. crwally
    7:55 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    You jinxed it. You shouldn’t have listed 10 wins as an accomplishment. Way to go, you’ve single-handedly tanked the program.



  6. ukcamel
    8:16 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    5 in a row against SC is low-key a great accomplishment by itself.



  7. dcforuk
    10:53 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    That video made me want to lace up football shoes more than this video makes me want to lace up Hockey skates:

    https://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechmiracle3.html



  8. friendsofcoal
    12:34 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

    Awesome video!



  9. UK Big Board Update
    11:48 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

    Just a refresher from the beginning of the season:

    Luether July 25, 2018 at 12:22 am | Permalink
    My sources predict 6 – 6…

    HES SO MAD LOL

    CatstopWontstop July 24, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink
    Unless Kentucky wins a National Championship, there is no scenario in which Stoops should get more money. Kentucky has already paid the man far more than he is worth based on knee-jerk reactions to some wins that turned out to be mediocre at best.

    Stoops really only has two really good games to point to during his time at UK: Beating Louisville in 16-17 and the bowl loss to a good Northwestern team that could have easily been a win.

    I’m hopeful,and I’ll be watching, but cautious optimism is where I stand with the UK/Stoops marriage.

    ukgrad83 July 24, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink
    The sad thing is, the buyout will still be more then $16M after this year. IMO, MB was too quick in trying to lock him in place and he was financially negligent in doing so as well. Not sure he’d be let go this year even if he lost every game.

    BBNBRIAN July 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
    5 wins MAX… The only saving grace for 6 wins will be another “Lamar fumble to lose the game” scenario. The more likely scenario is that Stoops will poop the bed in 1-2 games that we “should have” won (again) and we finish with 4. Move him along and bring in a coach that has more qualifications than a “last name”.

    DennyC July 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
    Maybe because UK Sucks at Football???? Smh….#BottomFeeder

    HE MAD

    az1006 July 24, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
    Mississippi State beat the brakes off us last year, and they’re probably going to be better this year. We won’t be favored in that game by a long shot, and it certainly won’t be “easy” if we do find a way to win.

    I think we find a way to win 6-7 games, but I don’t think Mississippi State will be one of them.

    jaws2 July 24, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
    This team has SEC talent; at some positions, but not top tier SEC talent across the board. It’s also not SEC deep. We still have middle of the pack SEC talent overall. This is the SEC MAN! Until this is corrected, if ever, it’s where we’ll stay.
    I expect this team to beat who they should, lose to GA and A&M for certain, and the rest of the games to be toss ups. All in all I think 7 wins would be a good year, 8 would be REEEEAALY good! And no, he doesn’t need a raise. If he wants more, let him leave.

    BluKudzu July 24, 2018 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
    I am hoping for a breakthrough season for Stoops, but, this will be a very difficult year to do so.
    Bottom line, if the defense can’t stop the other team, then the offense has to score a lot to have a chance. With our QB situation currently, I am not sure that will be the case.

    Luether July 25, 2018 at 12:24 am | Permalink
    Until we win consistently on the field, expectations rightly should be managed…

    bradinmississippi July 25, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink
    I keep hearing how our talent is better, I just don’t see it, here are the recruiting rankings in the SEC while Stoops has been coach
    2019 11 with 1 Four Star
    2018 11 with 3 Four Stars
    2017 10 with 4 Four Stars
    2016 10 with 1 Five Star 4 Four Stars
    2015 13 with 2 Four Stars
    2014 9 with 10 Four Stars
    2013 13 with 3 Four Stars
    How can we compete with recruiting like this? Stoops best year was 2014. He has only recruited 1 Five Star player and minimal 4 Stars. We keep hearing about all of these great classes but when you actually look at them they are below average in the SEC.

    Rabbi Li July 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
    BTI said, “9 wins – Stoops looking at either a nice raise or some other bigger jobs.”

    This is the typical hyperbole… but is to be expected from the BTI amateur hour.

    If he wins 9 games then it means he finally was better than 4-4 in the SEC (and would likely be just 5-3).