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Two Kentucky Games Make ESPN’s 150 Greatest College Football Games List

To celebrate the 150th year of college football, a panel of 150 media members, athletic administrators, players and coaches submitted their ballots to select the greatest 150 college football games ever played.

Your University of Kentucky Wildcats made the cut twice. You probably weren’t around to remember the first. Ranked No. 71 is Kentucky’s 13-7 win over Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl.

Kentucky coach Bear Bryant used three defensive tackles and nine-men in the box to slow down the Sooners and end their 31-game winning streak. Wilbur Jamerson caught and rushed for a touchdown in the first half and five Oklahoma turnovers helped the Wildcats hang on for the upset win.

The second appearance by the Wildcats is game you probably wish you could forget, 2002’s Bluegrass Miracle. The 33-30 loss at the buzzer to sixteenth-ranked LSU comes in at No. 113.

With the Wildcats leading in the final seconds, more than 2,000 UK fans were on the sideline ready to tear down the goalposts, and the Wildcats had already doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade. LSU had one last prayer when Marcus Randall dropped back from his team’s 15-yard line. A UK defender deflected the ball into LSU receiver Devery Henderson’s hand, and he ran into the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown with no time left to complete the “Bluegrass Miracle.”

This is the part of the post where I would typically add the picture of a stunned Morris covered in Gatorade, but you already know exactly what that looks like.

ESPN: The 150 Greatest Games in College Football’s 150-Year History


Article written by Nick Roush

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

4 Comments for Two Kentucky Games Make ESPN’s 150 Greatest College Football Games List

  1. Brandon
    5:47 pm November 5, 2019 Permalink

    Now I’m not very good at math nor was I even close to being born in 1951. So could someone explain 3 defensive tackles and 9 in the box? Did they play with 12 on each side of the ball or just a simple typo?

    • THATcatFAN
      6:06 pm November 5, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t worry, the tackles count as the box so 9 in the box and 3 outside of it

  2. JTHinton1
    6:28 pm November 5, 2019 Permalink

    So the 07 win against LSU or the 7OT Jared Lorenzen game didn’t make it, but the bluegrass miracle did!?!

  3. BTownUKFan
    6:54 pm November 5, 2019 Permalink

    I was at the Kentucky-LSU game. The crowd walking out was like “Oh well, that’s Kentucky football.” Thank goodness Coach Stoops has changed that attitude.