1984 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1984 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #19
AP #19
1984 record 9–3 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach Jerry Claiborne
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »
1984 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
#15 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
#19 Kentucky 3 3 0     9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida's title was later vacated by the SEC.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Wildcats scored 293 points while allowing 221 points.[1] Kentucky won the 1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl.

Season[edit]

Kentucky opened with a 42–0 win over Kent State, followed by a 48–14 win at Indiana. A 30–26 win at Tulane was followed by a 27–14 win over Rutgers, which put Kentucky into the AP poll at #19. The Wildcats then won their conference opener at Mississippi State, 17–13, to improve to 5–0 for the first time since 1950. Kentucky was then ranked #16 in the AP poll.[2][3][4]

Kentucky then dropped two conference games against ranked opponents, to #10 LSU 36–10 and to #13 Georgia 37–7. The Wildcats clinched a winning season with a 31–7 win against North Texas and then defeated Vanderbilt 27–18. A 25–17 loss to #5 Florida followed. Kentucky then closed out the regular season with a 17–12 victory at Tennessee.[5][6][7]

Kentucky closed its season with a 20–19 victory over #19 Wisconsin in the 1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl. As a result, Kentucky finished the season ranked #19 in the final AP poll, with a record of 9–3.[8][9][10]

In the Border Battle, Kentucky beat Tennessee by a 17-12 margin.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8 Kent State* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 42–0   56,402
September 15 at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 48–14   44,389
September 22 at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 30–26   16,505
October 6 Rutgers* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 27–14   58,010
October 13 Mississippi State #19 Scott FieldStarkville, MS W 17–13   30,395
October 20 #10 LSU #16 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY L 10–36   57,252
October 27 #13 Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY L 7–37   56,032
November 3 North Texas* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 31–7   54,328
November 10 Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 27–18   53,112
November 17 #5 Florida Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY L 17–25   52,823
November 24 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) W 17–12   93,791
December 29 vs. #19 Wisconsin* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic Bowl) W 20–19   47,300
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Team players in the 1985 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
George Adams Running back 1 19 New York Giants
Cam Jacobs Linebacker 5 136 Pittsburgh Steelers
Oliver White Tight end 10 268 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jeff Smith Defensive tackle 11 291 San Diego Chargers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984 Kentucky Wildcats results". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ "1984 Kentucky Wildcats scores". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  3. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.209
  4. ^ "Kentucky in the AP poll, 1984, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ "1984 Kentucky Wildcats scores". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  7. ^ "Kentucky in the AP poll, 1984, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  8. ^ "1984 Kentucky Wildcats scores". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  9. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  10. ^ "Kentucky in the AP poll, 1984, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  11. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  12. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168
  13. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  14. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166