1974 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1974 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
1974 record 6-5 (3-3 SEC)
Head coach Fran Curci
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
Seasons
« 1973 1975 »
1974 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
#8 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 2 0     6 6 0
#17 Mississippi State 3 3 0     9 3 0
#15 Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 5 0
#20 Tennessee 2 3 1     7 3 2
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     7 3 2
LSU 2 4 0     5 5 1
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference during the 1974 college football season. The Wildcats scored 248 points while allowing 194 points, finishing 6-5 overall, 3-3 in the SEC.[1][2]

Season[edit]

Mike Fanuzzi and Tom Ehlers were chosen as team captains.[2]

Kentucky opened with a 38-7 win at Virginia Tech, followed by a 16-3 road loss at West Virginia. A 28-22 home win against Indiana was next, then a 14-10 loss to Miami (Ohio).[1][2]

Kentucky lost its SEC opener on the road at Auburn, 31-13, but followed with a 20-13 home win against LSU. A 24-20 home loss to Georgia was followed by a 30-7 win at Tulane. Kentucky then won two conference games at home, 38-12 against Vanderbilt and 41-24 against #9 ranked Florida (7-2). Florida already received an invitation to the Sugar Bowl, while Kentucky, at 5-4, was looking to clinch its first winning season since 1965. Florida jumped out to a 17-6 lead but Kentucky outscored the Gators 35-7 the rest of the way, causing three Florida fumbles, intercepting two passes and blocking two punts.[3] Kentucky closed its season with a 24-7 loss at Tennessee for a final mark of 6-5, 3-3 in the SEC.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Wildcats points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 14 at Virginia Tech Win 38 7 1-0
2 Sept. 21 at West Virginia Loss 3 16 1-1
3 Sept. 28 Indiana Win 28 22 2-1
4 Oct. 5 Miami (Ohio) Loss 10 14 2-2
5 Oct. 12 at #10 Auburn Loss 13 31 2-3
6 Oct. 19 LSU Win 20 13 3-3
7 Oct. 26 Georgia Loss 20 24 3-4
8 Nov. 2 at Tulane Win 30 7 4-4
9 Nov. 9 Vanderbilt Win 38 12 5-4
10 Nov. 16 #9 Florida Win 41 24 6-4
11 Nov. 23 at Tennessee Loss 7 24 6-5

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Team players in the 1975 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Elmore Stephens Tight end 2 34 Kansas City Chiefs
Rick Nuzum Tackle 5 126 Los Angeles Rams
Tom Ehlers Linebacker 13 323 Philadelphia Eagles

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1974 Kentucky Wildcats game by game results". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d 1997 Kentucky Football Media Guide, p.208
  3. ^ Story, Mark, UK football's greatest wins at Commonwealth, Lexington Herald-Leader, September 4, 2011
  4. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  5. ^ 1997 Kentucky Football Media Guide, p.168
  6. ^ "1975 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-24.