Welcome back friends to the inaugural Fall Meet Edition of This Week in Wildcat History!
As you well know by now, our heroes in blue are coming off a rather tough loss at the hands of those Rebels from Oxford. The good news, though, as that we here at TWIWH don’t really care to reminisce about last week, but rather we look to the previous 100 years to find our ghosts of Wildcat football past.
This week’s opponent, the Tigers from Auburn University, roll into Lexington as one of those ghosts. As Fertig eluded to yesterday, the folks from down on the Plains sport an all-time record of 24-6-1 against the Cats, and though they may have lost last year’s meeting between the two clubs on their home turf, Auburn has won their past 7 games against Kentucky that have been played within the confines of the Bluegrass State.
For the 2nd year in a row, Kentucky and Auburn meet during the 6th game of the season for the Wildcats. In 2009, UK entered the match up with a 2-3 record, and left town standing 3-3 on the year after a sleeveof quarterbacks found paydirt in a 21-14 Wildcat victory. That win marked the first time since the 1999 season that Kentucky was victorious in the 6th game of their season.
Oddly enough, the 6th game of the 1999 campaign marked the last time that Kentucky played on October 9, as well. It was on that day that the Cats traveled to Columbia, SC and defeated the Gamecocks by a final tally of 30-10. It was the last time that Kentucky defeated South Carolina, but we’ll discuss that in greater detail next week. For now, we’ve gotta focus on the task at hand.
October 9 has been relatively pedestrian to Kentucky football over the past 60 years, as the Wildcats have posted a 4-4 record on the 282nd day of the year since 1950, including a victory in 1954 over the same Auburn ball club that they will face this weekend on the lush turf at C.M. Newton Field. Actually, it won’t be the same Auburn ball club, but you know what I mean.
October 9 also brought us one of the more unique and surreal victories in Kentucky football history. On 10/9/1976, the Cats traveled to Jackson, Mississippi and left town having been defeated by the Bulldogs by a count of 14-7. However, the game was later forfeited by MSU and the record books indicate that the game was won by the Cats by a final score of 1-0. The Bulldog forfeit allowed Kentucky to retroactively claim a share of the SEC Championship and the Cats would add that title to their Peach Bowl victory from that same season.
As is the case every year on October 9, natives in both Norway and the wonderful Republic of Iceland will celebrate the American observance of the holiday known as Leif Erikson Day. Erikson, of course, was the son of a famous Icelandic viking and is credited as the first Eurpoean to ever step foot on American soil, having done so in the year 1001 A.D. in what is now Newfoundland.
On Saturday night here in Kentucky, the natives will hopefully be doing quite a bit of celebrating of their own after a famous son of the Commonwealth leads his men into a different type of uncharted waters: a victory over a top-1o opponent.
Until next week.