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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Not Forget About the Blowouts Too

Every year, during Florida week, we constantly hear about the multiple opportunities UK has had to end the losing streak to the Gators.  Under Mark Stoops alone, you could argue the Cats should have 2 or 3 wins.  Certainly 2014 and 2017 SHOULD have been wins for UK with 2015 as another possibility.  But nearly every coach since 1986 has had legitimate chances to have ended this dumb streak.  And that is what makes it so difficult to pick the Cats this weekend and makes watching this game every year painful.  They have won so many straight times, instead of figuring out how UK will win, fans just wait for the inevitable loss.

But another aspect to that whole mentality is the absolute embarrassments Florida has handed down as well in the last 30+ years.  In those 31 losses, Florida has beaten UK by:

(years in bold were home games)
67 points: 1994

65 points: 1996

58 points: 2008

38 points: 2011, 2012, 2016

35 points: 1995

34 points: 2001, 2009, 2010

32 points: 1990

28 points: 1999, 2000

27 points: 1997

21 points: 2005

19 points: 2006

17 points: 2004, 2013

16 points: 1992, 1998

20 of the 31 losses have been by more than 2 touchdowns.  15 of the 31 losses have been by more than 20 points and a whopping 11 of the 31 losses have been by more than 30 points!

I don’t bring this up to stir up bad memories but just to emphasize that this streak, and all it symbolizes and means for UK fans, is not just about the closes losses throughout the years.  Some of the most heartbreaking losses of my lifetime (1993, 2003, 2014, 2017) have come against Florida.  Hell, you could even throw 2007 into that mix as well.  But it has also led to some of the most demoralizing losses in UK history as well.  There have been games against the Gators over in the first 5 minutes.

If you give Mark Stoops credit for anything, it is that he has only been blown out badly by Florida once (2016).  He hasn’t broke through but he’s probably had the most consistent success in terms of score of any UK coach since the streak began.  It’s hard to pick the Cats on Saturday based off what we saw against Central Michigan and the uncertainty at quarterback.  But I do think that if and when the Cats ever do beat the Gators, it is a safe bet it will be with Mark Stoops at the helm.  And when that day comes, it not only washes away some of the close defeats but also washes away so many of the blowouts.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

15 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Not Forget About the Blowouts Too

  1. Kat4Life
    10:22 am September 6, 2018 Permalink

    I remember the infamous Steve Spurrier comment that went something like, “If they don’t like getting beat by 50 then maybe they should play better”……

  2. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    10:30 am September 6, 2018 Permalink

    This was depressing, but it’s a good reminder how far Stoops has brought us. We might lose on Saturday, but we won’t get blown out.

  3. RealCatsFan
    10:43 am September 6, 2018 Permalink

    To be fair, however, Stoops has faced Florida teams coached by the likes of Muschamp and McElwein. Not exactly up to the standards set by Spurrier and Meyer. I have to wonder how Papa Brooks’ better team would have done against the UF teams of the past 5 years.

  4. BTI kicks puppies too.

    Ha! JK man, but none of us who have been around a while have to be reminded of those blowouts, especially when Steve Superior was always trying to score “half a hundred” as he called it.

    • And BTW, I disagree with one point. I don’t think Mumme ever came close to beating UF. Usually they scored over 50 even though we might have occasionally scored 30. It was the same with UT. That Mike Major defense was absolutely awful. Some of that may have been Hal’s fault, but it was horrid.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:08 pm September 6, 2018 Permalink

      Mumme’s offense + Major’s defense + Spurrier’s Florida teams = complete domination.

  5. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    11:54 am September 6, 2018 Permalink

    If Matt House can’t put a guy on an open receiver, or only put 10 guys out on the field for defense this time. He deserves to be canned. For pete sake, he makes $275,000/yr. He should have known.

  6. BBBD
    10:16 am September 7, 2018 Permalink

  7. BBBD
    10:17 am September 7, 2018 Permalink