1965 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1965 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #18
1965 record 6-4 (3-3 SEC)
Head coach Charlie Bradshaw
Home stadium Stoll Field/McLean Stadium
Seasons
« 1964 1966 »
1965 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama 6 1 1     9 1 1
Auburn 4 1 1     5 5 1
Florida 4 2 0     7 4 0
#7 Tennessee 3 1 2     8 1 2
Ole Miss 5 3 0     7 4 0
#8 LSU 3 3 0     8 3 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 4 0
Georgia 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     2 7 1
Tulane 1 5 0     2 8 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1965 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference during the 1965 college football season. The Wildcats scored 202 points while allowing 160 points, finishing 6-4 overall, 3-3 in the SEC.[1][2]

Season[edit]

Rick Norton and Sam Ball were chosen as team captains.[2]

Kentucky opened with a 7-0 win at Missouri.[2] Missouri finished the season ranked #6 in the nation, with a record of 8-2-1.[3] Kentucky entered Week 2 of the season ranked #10 in the country.[4]

The second game was a 16-7 win against Ole Miss.[2] Kentucky advanced to a #6 ranking in the AP poll.[4]

A loss at Auburn (23-18) was followed by a 26-24 win against Florida State.[2] A 31-21 loss at LSU was followed by a 28-10 win over Georgia and a 28-8 victory over West Virginia. Kentucky then was ranked again in the AP poll, at #10.[4]

Next was a 34-0 win over Vanderbilt.[2] Kentucky retained its #10 ranking in the AP poll.[4]

At that point Kentucky was offered a bid to the Gator Bowl but turned it down, hoping for a better bowl invitation. However, star quarterback Rick Norton suffered a broken leg in the next game, which ended up being a 38-21 loss at Houston, and a 19-3 loss to Tennessee left the Wildcats with a 6-4 record and no bowl game.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Wildcats points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 18 at Missouri Win 7 0 1-0, #10
2 Sept. 25 Ole Miss Win 16 7 2-0, #6
3 Oct. 2 Auburn Loss 18 23 2-1
4 Oct. 9 Florida State Win 26 24 3-1
5 Oct. 16 at LSU Loss 21 31 3-2
6 Oct. 23 #10 Georgia Loss 28 10 4-2
7 Oct. 30 West Virginia Win 28 28 5-2, #10
8 Nov. 6 at Vanderbilt Win 34 0 6-2, #10
9 Nov. 13 Houston Loss 18 38 6-3
10 Nov. 20 Tennessee Loss 3 19 6-4

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Team players in the 1966 NFL and AFL Drafts[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Rick Norton Quarterback 1 2 Miami Dolphins
Rodger Bird Defensive Back 1 10 Oakland Raiders
Sam Ball Tackle 1 15 Baltimore Colts
Sam Ball Tackle 2 14 New York Jets
Bob Windsor Tight End 2 26 San Francisco 49ers
Rick Norton Quarterback 2 29 Cleveland Browns
Rick Kestner Wide Receiver 3 47 Baltimore Colts
Doug Davis Tackle 5 72 Minnesota Vikings
Rick Kestner Wide Receiver 18 155 Miami Dolphins

[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1965 Kentucky Wildcats game by game results". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 1997 Kentucky Football Media Guide, p.208
  3. ^ "Final 1965 AP poll at AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ a b c d AP Poll Archive
  5. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ 1997 Kentucky Football Media Guide, p.168
  7. ^ "1966 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-24.