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The Last Time the Cats Won in Columbia

Dusty Bonner was the Cats QB back in 99. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)

Dusty Bonner was the Cats QB back in 99. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)

Dusty Bonner was the Cats QB back in 99.  (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)

It’s been a long time since Kentucky won a road game, but it’s been even longer since they won at South Carolina.  Dusty Bonner was the quarterback and Lou Holtz was in his first year as the head coach of the Gamecocks.  The Cats won 30-10 over a team that wouldn’t win a game all year.

As chronicled by John Clay in the October 10, 1999 edition of the Herald-Leader, Mumme’s offense wasn’t up to par, but South Carolina was so bad that the defense, led by Jeff Snedegar, held the Gamecocks to only 78 yards of offense before they busted a 78-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

“We weren’t clicking today,” Mumme said. “It was very similar to last year’s Indiana game, and the defense bailed us out. The good news is we got an SEC road win without playing very good on offense.”

Here’s some names you probably haven’t heard in awhile.  Safety Anthony Wadja scooped and scored a touchdown for the Cats.  Brad Pyatt caught a 27-yard touchdown in double coverage after an Eric Kelly interception.  James Whalen was leading the SEC in receptions after catching 9 passes.

Even though it must have been fun covering Mumme’s explosive audience, I wish I could have interviewed Jeff Snedegar and his amazing mustache. He said after the game, “We can’t afford to look ahead. We ain’t that good yet.”

Snedegar and his stache, in all of its glory. (S/O for the find by @DarrellMHughes)

Snedegar and his stache, in all of its glory. (S/O for the find by @DarrellMHughes)

 

Article written by Nick Roush

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

5 Comments for The Last Time the Cats Won in Columbia



  1. issel 44
    2:36 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Come on man the picture is against Georgia and thats not snedegar his number was 17 and those were currys uniform.



  2. WayneChismsHeadBand
    5:51 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah i know you all aren’t football forward, but Jeff Snedegar wasn’t hispanic and played in the late 90’s.



  3. Csherm
    7:19 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    What do you expect? They can tell you all about a prospective b-ball recruit, but can’t even get an accurate picture of a former football letterman!!?? Come in, Freddie Wayne!?! Help you’re new “friends” out…



  4. Jay
    7:24 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Best football quote of all time came from Lou Holtz after that 1999 year: “We may have been 0-11, but in reality we were much worse than that.”



  5. Tampa satchel
    9:48 pm September 13, 2015 Permalink

    Not Snedegar. Pretty sure he wore #3.