1983 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1983 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
1983 record 6-5-1 (2-4 SEC)
Head coach Jerry Claiborne
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Auburn 6 0 0     11 1 0
#5 Georgia 5 1 0     10 1 1
#6 Florida 4 2 0     9 2 1
Tennessee 4 2 0     9 3 0
#15 Alabama 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     6 5 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     3 8 0
LSU 0 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Wildcats scored 228 points while allowing 237 points.[1]

After a 4-0 start, Kentucky finished the regular season 6-4-1 before playing in the 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl, losing to #18 West Virginia, 20-16. The improvement from 1982's 0-10-1 mark was, at the time, an NCAA record for most improvement in wins from one season to the next.

Season[edit]

Following a 0-10-1 record in Jerry Claiborne's first season in 1982, Kentucky raced out to a 4-0 mark, opening with victories against Central Michigan, Kansas State, Indiana and Tulane. A loss to #7 Auburn was followed by a win at LSU, then a loss at #7 Georgia and a tie with Cincinnati. A win at Vanderbilt was followed by losses at #14 Florida and to Tennessee. The season closed with a 20-16 loss to #18 West Virginia in the 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3 Central Michigan* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 31–24   51,232
September 10 Kansas State* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 31–12   56,123
September 17 Indiana* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 24–13   56,825
September 24 Tulane* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 26–14   57,424
October 8 #7 Auburn Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY L 21–49   57,989
October 15 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 21–13   77,765
October 22 at #7 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 21–47   82,122
October 29 Cincinnati* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY T 13–13   57,789
November 5 at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 17–8   41,000
November 12 at #14 Florida Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 7–24   73,192
November 19 Tennessee Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) L 0–10   57,985
December 22 #18 West Virginia Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic Bowl) L 20–16   42,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Team players in the 1984 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Grimsley Linebacker 6 141 Houston Oilers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983 Kentucky Wildcats results". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  3. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  5. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166