I’ll be honest with you folks: there was a time when I was growing up that I never really dreamed there would be a need to write about the University of Kentucky’s football history. Then again, I never really imagined myself writing for something called the Tailgate Review on this here internet, either. But alas, here we sit just a day away from the 15th bowl contest in the University of Kentucky’s football history and, well, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a few minutes to review a few of the prior 14 postseason contests for our Cats.
It’s been well documented that tomorrow’s BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham will be the fifth consecutive bowl game for Kentucky, but you may be surprised to hear that the Cats have an impressive all-time bowl record that currently sits two games above .500, at 8-6. Kentucky has a couple of 3 game bowl winning streaks in their history – the most recent of which was snapped at the hands of Clemson last year in Nashville – and one three game losing streak in postseason play.
And while the Cats have never competed in the BBVA Compass Bowl (let’s face it, there are a lot of other teams that can say that, too), they have played two postseason football games in the city of Birmingham before, having twice competed in the Hall of Fame Bowl. In 1983, Kentucky fell to West Virginia by a count of 20-16; the following year, the Cats defeated Wisconsin by a score of20-19. So, if you’re looking for positive signs heading into tomorrow’s matchup, keep in mind that Kentucky is riding a 1 game win streak in bowl games in the city of Birmingham. That always counts for something, right?
From what I could find – or, rather, couldn’t find – it doesn’t appear that Kentucky has ever played against Pittsburgh in a contested tackle football game. However, UK’s men’s basketball team holds an all-time record of 4-2 against the basketball version of the Pitt Panthers. (We’ll use this space to ignore the fact that was once a 4-0 mark, before dropping the last two contests). In any case…
Two of my all-time favorite UK football moments (non-Stevie Johnson category) have come in recent bowl games. So, without further ado, I’ll leave you with a couple of videos to get you ready to close out the first season of Operation: Win. They may not bring you to your feet like they did the first time around, but if you can’t find a soft spot in your heart for these two clips, well, I’m just not sure if we can be friends anymore.
Until next time.