(Congrats to Aunt Amanda on the birth of her niece, a new UK fan looking for their first win against Florida too)
On Saturday, it will be 11,270 days since Kentucky last beat Florida. A little under 31 years. According to the 2010 census, Kentucky has a population of 4.33 million people, and 1.2 million of those people were under the age of 18. Estimates would have another 200-300 thousand between 18 and 24 in 2010, meaning there are somewhere around 1.5-1.6 million residents of the state of Kentucky who haven’t been alive since the University of Kentucky beat the University of Florida. And all of those losses have come in various shapes and sizes and margin of victory:
1-6 points: 5 times (1988, 1993, 2003, 2014, 2015)
7-13 points: 5 times (1987, 1989, 1991, 2002, 2007)
14-20 points: 5 times (1992, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2013)
21-30 points: 4 times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)
31+ points: 11 times (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016)
5 times inside a touchdown and 10 times total inside 2 scores. But we’ve seen the other side too. 11 times beaten by more than 30 points, including a 3-year streak in the 90’s and a 5-year streak in the late 2000’s (thanks Joker).
So why do I say this? Because I feel that knowing the hard road it took to lead us here will make it that much more sweeter when UK wins this weekend. Yes, there have been some heartbreakers. Older fans remember Wuerffel to Doering. Younger fans remember Lorenzen’s pick and the clock malfunction in the Swamp. But the blowouts have been just as memorable. Some of the beatings that Spurrier gave the Cats in the 90’s were as demoralizing than the close losses. Urban Meyer did the same thing.
But now all of the pieces are in place for one of the sweeter wins in UK history. I am not sure it will be one of the biggest wins in UK history, but it certainly will be the sweetest. Sweeter than any win over Louisville. Sweeter than beating #1 LSU. Sweeter than any bowl win. This weekend UK fans gets the win we’ve all deserved for the last 31 years. And for many fans it will be their first.
And for that baby above, it will keep her undefeated against Florida in her life.