Welcome back friends to another rousing edition of This Week in Wildcat History.
While we come to you during the 9th week of the season in desperate need of a Wildcat victory, history tells us that the 9th week of the season brings about as much uncertainty as to what might lie ahead as any. During the past 20 years, the Cats have recorded 9 wins against 11 losses during the season’s ninth game. The 2005 season marked one of the more memorable wins during the early years of Coach Brooks’ tenure, as Kentucky stormed out to an early lead behind the all-around play of Rafael Little and held off a valiant Vanderbilt comeback in Nashville, winning 48-43 in what, at the time, was the most exciting Kentucky football game I had ever witnessed firsthand.
However, the 9th game of the season hasn’t always been memorable for the Cats because it resulted in a W. The 9th game of the 2003 season brought with it records of all sorts, including that of the longest game in college football history. A game in which Jared Lorenzen’s proclamation that all Kentucky fans heading for the exits early were “gonna miss one hell of a game” held true, though Kentucky eventually fell in the seventh overtime by a final count of 71-63 to the fighting Arkansas Razorbacks.
Kentucky has won 4 of the last 5 years during the 9th game of the season. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
This week’s opponent, the Mississippi State Bulldogs, have split the last four games with Kentucky, with the home team having won each of those meetings. In fact, the Cats have won 3 of the last 4 times the two teams have met in Starkville, a statistic that we hope only gets better this Saturday. Our Cats and Mississippi’s version of Bulldogs have met every year since the 1989 season, with Kentucky winning nine of those meetings and the Dogs taking the other 12 match ups.
Two of those meetings came on October 30, with each squad winning once on the birthday of the 2nd President of the United States, Mr. John Adams. On a very positive note, Kentucky has fared quite well on October 30 since 1950, racking up 5 wins against just 3 losses. More impressive than the .625 record, however, is the list of opponents that have fallen victim to the Cats on 10/31 over the years – a list which includes not only Mississippi State, but the likes of Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and The U, as well. Let’s hope Dan Mullen’s club gets an extra tally mark on that list this weekend.
Here’s to hoping that the weekend provides plenty of tricks for the Kentucky football team, and that the only tricks we lay eyes upon come directly from the WildCobb offense.
Until next week.