It’s been ten years since Rich Brooks’ turnaround of the Kentucky football team took place midway through his fourth season. It all started with a 49-0 embarrassment at LSU to drop UK to 3-4. The next week, they fought through the cowbells for a 34-31 win, leading into the Brooks’ big moment at home against Georgia.
It was a nasty, physical game in Commonwealth Stadium. There were goal line stands, fourth down stops, interceptions in the end zone, and arguably the greatest hit of the YouTube era. Myron Pryor destroyed Mario Raley, blasting him into oblivion.
That fourth quarter hit was the start of a shift in momentum. The following drive, Kentucky responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Burton. Woodson connected to Burton seven times for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cats gave up a touchdown on the following drive, but a blocked PAT kept it tight at 20-17 with 4:37 to play. The Cats methodically marched down the field with Tony Dixon leading the way, finishing the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Georgia had a minute to respond, but Trevard Lindley intercepted Matthew Stafford, his third pick of the day, to end the game.
It was the first time Kentucky beat Georgia in a decade and the last time Commonwealth Stadium celebrated by tearing down the goalposts.
If you’re wondering why it was the last goalpost game, citing safety concerns UK installed new goalposts after this game. The uprights are pulled to the ground whenever fans rush the field.