1958 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1958 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
1958 record 5–4–1 (3–4–1 SEC)
Head coach Blanton Collier
Home stadium McLean Stadium
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
1958 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 LSU 6 0 0     11 0 0
#4 Auburn 6 0 1     9 0 1
#11 Ole Miss 4 2 0     9 2 0
Vanderbilt 2 1 3     5 2 3
Tennessee 4 3 0     4 6 0
Alabama 3 4 1     5 4 1
Kentucky 3 4 1     5 4 1
#14 Florida 2 3 1     6 4 1
Georgia Tech 2 3 1     5 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0     4 6 0
Tulane 1 5 0     3 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1958 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1958 college football season. The Wildcats scored 136 points while allowing 115 points, and finished with a record of 5–4–1.[1]

Season[edit]

Kentucky opened with a 51–0 win over Hawaii at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. A 13–0 win in the SEC opener against Georgia Tech followed. 2–0 Kentucky, then ranked #17 in the AP poll,[2] then lost four games in a row: 27–6 to #9 Ole Miss in Memphis, 8–0 to #1 Auburn, 32–7 at #9 LSU and 28–0 at Georgia. A 33–12 win over Mississippi State was followed by a 0–0 tie against Vanderbilt. After a 20–6 win against Xavier, Kentucky closed the season with a 6–2 victory at Tennessee.[3][4]

The victory over Tennessee was Kentucky's second in a row, and second in a stretch of four games in which Kentucky denied Tennessee a win.[5] The Wildcats were invited to participate in the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl but declined due to what they considered to be poor treatment during their season opener, a win against Hawaii in the stadium in which the Bluegrass Bowl would be played.[6] Florida State and Oklahoma State played in the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl instead.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 13 Hawaii* Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 51–0  
September 20 Georgia Tech McLean StadiumLexington, KY W 13–0  
September 27 at #9 Ole Miss #17 Crump StadiumMemphis, TN L 6–27  
October 11 #1 Auburn McLean Stadium • Lexington, KY L 0–8  
October 18 at #9 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–32  
October 25 at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 0–28  
November 1 Mississippi State McLean Stadium • Lexington, KY W 33–12  
November 8 Vanderbilt McLean Stadium • Lexington, KY T 0–0  
November 15 Xavier* McLean Stadium • Lexington, KY W 20–6  
November 22 at Tennessee Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) W 6–2  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Schedule source:[7][8]

Team players in the 1959 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jim Bowie Tackle 22 254 Philadelphia Eagles

[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1958 Kentucky Wildcats results". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ September 22, 1958 AP poll at AP Poll Archive
  3. ^ "1958 Kentucky Wildcats scores". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 207
  5. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.207
  6. ^ Rice, Russell, 'The Wildcats: A Story of Kentucky Football', ISBN 0-87397-075-6
  7. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  8. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 207
  9. ^ "1959 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  10. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166