27-16. That’s the new number to remember. That’s the number when the game ended in the Swamp. Kentucky Wildcats 27 - Florida Gators 16.
After years of torture, embarrassment, and malaise, Mark Stoops did what no other coach has done since 1986- He beat the Florida Gators. And he did it at their place when they were ranked #25 in the country.
With all of the euphoria surrounding his team, Stoops was emotional and was able to reflect on the win and what it meant to the program. He said that it wasn’t fair to continue to lay the streak on players that had nothing to do with its start.
Now he can celebrate the players that ended it. No more questions about it when the Florida game comes around every season. He no longer has that monkey on his back.
Think about this: Mark Stoops has defeated both Florida and Tennessee in his time at Kentucky. How many other coaches can say the same?
Today is a day to celebrate, Big Blue Nation. No one can take this from you.
Tweets of the Day
Lynn Bowden on his TD catch: “I thought he overthrew me, but then I remembered I was fast and ran under it.”— Derek Terry (@DerekSTerry) September 9, 2018
Lynn Bowden recorded his first career TD as a Wildcat at the best possible moment.
HISTORYYY!!!!! BBN THAT WAS FOR YALL❗️❗️— Mr SNELL YA LATER (@benny_snell) September 9, 2018
175 yards on 27 carries. Benny Snell was an absolute beast.
I know that’s a lot of tweets but last night was kind of a big deal. Congrats to all.
Cats honor John Schlarman after historic win | Lexington Herald Leader- The game ball went to offensive line coach John Schlarman after the win. The beloved coach is battling cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. After the game, coach Stoops noted the blocking of the offensive line and tight ends as major keys to victory.
Beating Florida ‘changes the game’ | Courier-Journal- My outlook for the season just changed. I had the Cats going 6-6 but with a win like this I can start to dream about 8 or 9 wins.
Cats bully Gators en route to victory | Cats Pause- Mark Stoops repeated again and again that Kentucky had the more physical team and he was correct. The Cats rushed for 303 yards and the defense left hits that left the Gators disheveled and disoriented. They controlled both lines of scrimmage.
Benny Snell calls out Tim Tebow | Saturdays Down South- Tim Tebow was critical of Kentucky’s facilities and stated that the Gators were committed to shutting down Kentucky’s running game. You know Benny wasn’t going to let that slide.
Don’t talk smack about Benny Snell or this will be your fate:
Benny Snell just absolutely demolished this poor soul. pic.twitter.com/vyf5KorLhh— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 9, 2018
Kentucky ends nation’s longest winning streak | CBS- There was a time in the not-so-distant past when Kentucky held the two longest losing streaks in Kentucky. They ended the Tennessee streak in improbable fashion with a wide receiver at QB. The Florida streak was ended in dominant fashion with smash mouth football.
Cats want more after defeating Florida |UK Athletics- Yes the Florida win was huge but there is still a lot of football left to be played. Make no mistake, this team is emerging and they have the pieces to make a big time mark on Kentucky football history. I’m starting to believe.
10 overratactions after week 2 | Saturdays Down South- “Nobody beats the University of Kentucky 32 times in a row. Nobody.” DAMN RIGHT!
Terry Touchdown is a difference maker | Lexington Herald Leader- He wasn’t perfect but the good outweighed the bad as Terry Wilson led the Kentucky Wildcats to victory. His feet were a difference maker as he scrambled out of harms way in order to give Kentucky crucial first downs. He even ran for a touchdown. And his arm? He threw two beautiful touchdown passes to David Bouvier and Lynn Bowden. I can live with the mistakes because I know he’s going to get better every week.
These are high level throws:
Terry Wilson with his first passing TD at UK, hitting David Bouvier. pic.twitter.com/aeLHpEpEdr— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 9, 2018
Just look at this thing of beauty from the arm of Terry Wilson. pic.twitter.com/G4osDcMfEj— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 9, 2018
Kentucky beats UAB 2-0 | UK Athletics- It was a huge week for UK soccer as they beat Louisville and opened conference play with a 2-0 win. The Futbol Cats are looking tough.
Louisville struggles to beat Indiana State in downpour | WDRB- The rain kept coming...and coming...and coming in the city of Louisville last night. After three game delays the Cardinals pulled away from the Sycamores 31-7. But don’t let the score fool you: the game was tied 7-7 at the half and it was only 14-7 midway through the third quarter. QB Jawon Pass was benched for another QB. The Cards are in trouble.
College football winners and losers | CBS- While the Cats didn’t crack the winner category, Florida was labeled as a loser.
Florida Gators: Prior to Saturday night, Florida had won 31 straight games over the Kentucky Wildcats. The last loss for the Gators to the Wildcats was in 1986, when big hair, the original Nintendo and wood-panel station wagons were all the rage. To make matters worse, star cornerback Marco Wilson suffered a serious knee injury and running back/kick returner Adarius Lemons announced his transfer on Twitter less than an hour after the game. It was a really, really bad night in The Swamp.
I’ll take it. And it was really funny that Kentucky made a Florida player transfer.
Kentucky Wildcats make history | ESPN- Barrett Sallee had this to say about the Cats:
Oh, you thought Kansas’ streak-breaking win was big? Try this one on for size: Kentucky beat Florida for the first time in 31 years. Just think of all that has happened in that span: Jared Lorenzen, Steve Spurrier, Tim Tebow, three UK hoops championships, a Jim McElwain shark meme ... it has literally been a lifetime for a whole bunch of Wildcats fans. In fact, go ahead, Kentucky. Celebrate by doing the Dan Mullen dance.
Chomped no more | Sporting News- You know what the Gator fans can do with that stupid chomp? And it made is oh so much more enjoyable knowing that Steve Spurrier and the ‘93 team were in attendance.