BTI posted this morning about the high and low points of UK football, specific to your lifetime. Well, with games currently going on, I’m going to throw one more high point out there specific to my age (late 20’s) that truly changed the way Kentucky football was a program.
It was November 4, 2006 and Homecoming Weekend in Lexington when a Georgia team with Matthew Stafford under center came to town. The Wildcats were 4-4 and 2-3 in SEC play, losing to big name teams like LSU, Florida and South Carolina. This was viewed as a somewhat must-win game for Rich Brooks and company, trying to secure their spot in a bowl. Kentucky trailed early, but Andre Woodson threw two touchdowns to Keenan Burton and Trevard Lindley picked Stafford off on the final possession to seal the win.
It ultimately showed that Kentucky could win a big game under Brooks, before heading down to the Music City Bowl to beat Clemson. This was the first time fans in Commonwealth Stadium felt their team could truly compete with anyone and more importantly it led to an epic storming of the field. I truly believe without this win, the victory over No. 1 LSU a year later doesn’t happen.