1976 Kentucky Wildcats football team
|1976 Kentucky Wildcats football|
Peach Bowl Champions
|1976 record||8-4 (4-2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Fran Curci|
|Home stadium||Commonwealth Stadium|
|1976 SEC football standings|
|#10 Georgia †||5||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#20 Mississippi State||4||–||2||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion
The 1976 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1976 college football season. The Wildcats beat four different ranked teams during the season, scoring 209 points while allowing 151 points. Kentucky won the 1976 Peach Bowl and finished the season 8-4 and ranked #19 in the country.
On October 10, Kentucky hosted #20 ranked Penn State. The 57,733 in attendance was the largest crowd ever for a footabll game in the state of Kentucky up to that time. Kentucky quarterback Derrick Ramsey ran for 95 yards and a touchdown; running back Chris Hill added 106 yards and a touchdown, and safety Rick Hayden had two intereceptions. Kentucky held Penn State to 212 yards of total offense and won 22-6. Penn State coach Joe Paterno commented after the game, "That was a good football team we played. What can you say after you get the devil kicked out of you?"
That victory was followed by a 7-14 loss at Mississippi State, a team that would finish the season with a 9-2 record. The following week, Kentucky defeated LSU 21-7. A 7-31 loss to Georgia was next, followed by a 14-24 loss at Maryland.
Kentucky finished the season in the 1976 Peach Bowl against 9-2 North Carolina, ranked #18. Kentucky outgained North Carolina 334 yards to 109; the Wildcat defense held the Tar Heels to a total of five first downs and the Wildcats forced five turnovers. Kentucky won 21-0 and ended the season ranked #19 in the AP poll.
|September 11||Oregon State*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 38-13|
|September 18||at #13 Kansas*||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||L 16-37|
|September 25||West Virginia*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 14-10|
|October 2||#20 Penn State*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 22-6|
|October 9||at Mississippi State||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry)||L 7-14|
|October 16||#16 LSU||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 21-7|
|October 23||#10 Georgia||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||L 7-31|
|October 30||at #5 Maryland*||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||L 14-24|
|November 6||at Vanderbilt||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 14-0|
|November 13||#15 Florida||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 28-9|
|November 20||at Tennessee||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel)||W 7-0|
|December 31||vs. #19 North Carolina||Fulton County Stadium • Atlanta, GA (Peach Bowl)||W 21-0|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players in the 1977 NFL Draft
|Warren Bryant||Tackle||1||6||Atlanta Falcons|
|Randy Burke||Wide Receiver||1||26||Baltimore Colts|
- 1976 Kentucky Wildcats games and scores
- Story, Mark, UK football's greatest wins at Commonwealth, Lexington Herald-Leader, September 4, 2011
- "AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- 2001 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, '1976 Peach Bowl', p. 166