Who better to celebrate this morning on the eve of the Tennessee game than Matt Roark, the man who ended the 26-year losing streak.
Back in November of 2011, when Kentucky hadn’t beaten Tennessee in almost three decades, Joker Phillips turned to Roark, a wide receiver, to handle Kentucky’s starting quarterback duties. Roark had never played quarterback in college, but with UK QBs Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton sidelined for the game with injuries, somebody had to do it.
That somebody was Roark, and he went from a wide receiver with one career touchdown to a household name in Kentucky that afternoon. The senior carried the ball 24 times for 124 yards from the quarterback position, dropping back to pass only six times in the entire game. It was an unconventional strategy, but with a little help from UK’s defense, it worked. Roark’s offense needed only 10 points to win the game and end the 26-year streak.
Let’s hope there’s a little more offense involved tomorrow in Commonwealth Stadium. Let’s also hope there’s a little more Roark magic in the air and the Cats can beat the Vols for a second time since 1984.
Oh, and by the way, today is Matt Roark’s birthday. Omen, perhaps?
KSR is at the Breeder’s Cup today.
As I sit here writing this in my suit and tie, the Breeders’ Cup is calling my name. Once I hit publish on this post, I will close my laptop and head straight to Keeneland for a day of racing, boozing and losing more money than I can probably stand to lose.
But that’s okay because the whole KSR gang will be out there, beginning with Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond broadcasting today’s show from the track.
Kentucky’s 2016 football schedule was released yesterday.
In case you missed it…
- Southern Miss
- at Florida
- New Mexico State
- South Carolina
- at Alabama
- Mississippi State
- at Missouri
- at Tennessee
- Austin Peay
- at UofL
Early prediction: 12-0
Kate Upton wants to make out with American Pharoah.
On Jimmy Fallon last night, Kate Upton said she wants to make out with American Pharoah.
In related news, I changed my name to American Pharoah yesterday.
KSR radio still exists.
Don’t worry, they didn’t get fired yesterday. Like I said earlier, the guys are broadcasting live from Keeneland this morning. Tune in in about an hour to hear what’s going on out at the Breeders’ Cup tailgate.