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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Argument for 2009 Auburn Win Most Surprising in Last 15 Years


Bring up the last 15 years of UK football and what are the good memories?  Most fans are going to say 2007 LSU or Louisville, 2011 Tennessee, the 4-game bowl winning streak, or beating South Carolina the last 2 seasons.  There have been a couple other nice UL memories in there too.  But I think a game that doesn’t get enough credit for it’s importance and impact for the UK program was the win over Auburn in 2009.

Here are the facts:

  1. UK was coming off 3 consecutive SEC losses by a combined 54 points.
  2. UK not only had Mike Hartline injured, but backup Morgan Newton was injured during game, forcing Will Fidler into action.
  3. Auburn was 5-1 on the year.
  4. Kentucky trailed by 7 points in the 4th quarter.
  5. Auburn would win the national title the next season.
  6. UK had not beaten Auburn in 43 years.

This was a rebuilding year for the Cats, especially after Hartline went down with injury.  The offense was mediocre at best and historically bad at worst.  Auburn still had SEC championship dreams and UK was slumping badly.  Yet UK found some crazy way to win that game, which in the last few years of the Rich Brooks era seemed to be a common occurrence.  And more importantly, it was something that the UK football program has historically been unable to do.  They certainly didn’t do it under Joker Phillips.  I think this win gets overlooked often because UK would go on to win 2 other SEC road games that season, over Vanderbilt and Georgia, and Auburn slumped a bit at the end of the year.

But I think beating Alabama, LSU, or Auburn in nearly any year holds great significance for a program like Kentucky.  Those are the bell cows of the SEC West and we only get so many chances to beat them.  We’ve tripped up LSU a couple times since 2000 and have beaten Alabama once in 391 years it seems.  Tomorrow night, UK gets another chance for that impact victory.  We got one in 2009 and for some reason it doesn’t get the credit it deserves.  I hope if UK beats a slumping Auburn team in Commonwealth tomorrow that people won’t overlook its importance once again.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

14 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Argument for 2009 Auburn Win Most Surprising in Last 15 Years

  1. ukjaybrat
    8:06 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    I agree with this statement:
    “a game that doesn’t get enough credit for it’s importance and impact for the UK program was the win over Auburn in 2009.”

    Not this one:
    “2009 Auburn Win Most Surprising in Last 15 Years”

    That win indeed gets very little credit. but the 07 win over LSU is quite possibly the biggest win in modern UK football. Undefeated #` LSU that would eventually go on to win the national championship. Even if we had beaten auburn THAT year, the LSU win would still have been better

    • theWilkman
      9:48 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      The LSU win was unexpected but we had the playmakers to do it, and many of us (I was a student at the time and was in the crowd) expected the Cats to give them a game. I would go one year prior, when we upset Georgia. That win went a long way to making us bowl eligible for the first time in years, and set the stage for the UofL and LSU upsets in 2007.

  2. Charlie
    8:16 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    “The 4-game bowl winning streak,” UK Appeared in a school record 5 straight bowl games, 2006-2010, with a record of 3-2. C’mon dude, research isn’t that difficult.

  3. matt
    8:20 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    lol we won 3 SEC road games that year (AU, Vandy, UGA) and it didn’t really seem like that big of a deal. I remember on the bus ride to the airport after the UGA win, we were watching sportscenter and they had a stat that was something like Tim Tebow had only lost 1 road game at Florida, and Morgan Newton said something to the effect of “Sorry mister Tebow, but I am undefeated on the road.” lol at that point it looked like Morgan was the answer but we all know how that ended.

  4. matt
    8:36 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Another interesting tidbit is that from 2006-2010 the eventual National Champion had to come through Lexington. From ’06-’10 we played UF, LSU, UF, Bama, and Auburn at home. And on top of that, in 2004 we played the Auburn team that went undefeated but got left out of the championship game at home too.

  5. charles
    8:50 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Morgan Newton didn’t end up being what we hoped he would be. I’m in the camp that thinks he didnt really get a fair chance though. Kinda got screwed

    His first year he was frosh and he managed the games relatively well, 2nd year hartline beat him out but it was by a narrow margin. That year the Cats compiled big numbers offensively (mostly at the end of games during meaningless minutes) and Cats slept through the bowl game. His 3rd year (no cobb, locke, or matthews), there was almost no offensive talent and he hurts his shoulder. His senior year we buried him, coaches quit on him. Not to mention joker years were plain miserable.

    All the while he stuck in with us, i still see him occasionally around town.

    QB gets the blame. Hell, people were trying to can Towles who is 4-1 this year, but it takes more than a QB to win SEC games.

    • Jimbob Bautista
      9:01 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Well said, and you are exactly right. Newton had a tough time at UK, and part of it was due to ability, but most of it was due to circumstance.

    • matt
      9:10 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      I agree with you. Morgan was really in a no win situation, and the coaches trying to make him a running QB when he clearly wasn’t a running QB really hurt him. A lot of people point to Joker becoming head coach as the time that UK went in the dumps but it started before that. When Joker was WR coach and Recruiting Coordinator we were blessed with in state talent (Keenan Burton, Jacob Tamme, Andre Woodson) and Joker also brought in Wesley Woodyard, Trevard Lindley, Dicky Lyons, Rapheal Little and so on. After we got those guys, Joker was moved to OC in 05 and gave up the Recruiting Coordinator position. We rode those guys out until 2008 and then it was noticeable that we hadn’t really been recruiting well to fill those positions once those players left. When Brooks left, he didn’t leave much behind (other than Cobb of course). I’m a Joker guy but admit that he was not a good head coach, I will always point to him as someone that got promoted a position too high, a good OC but a terrible Head Coach. Randy Sanders was like that too, really good QB coach but a terrible OC.

    • asdf
      9:42 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      matt – good analysis of what happened. I knew Joker well enough to know that he’s a solid human being and a really good football coach, but he was not a program manager the way a HC has to be. But keep with specific responsibilities, and he’s the guy would can do a very good job for you.

    • Ryan Mossakowski
      11:18 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      I never got much of a chance either…

  6. B-Lord
    8:58 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Reason for win, one word:


    • asdf
      9:43 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Fidler had something to do with it as well.

    • thats budda
      12:55 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      I was there. Cobb

  7. Joe
    5:59 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Newton didn’t get hurt. They just switched QBs.Imagine that.