1988 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1988 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
1988 record 5-6 (2-5 SEC)
Head coach Jerry Claiborne
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Auburn § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#19 LSU § 6 1 0     8 4 0
#15 Georgia 5 2 0     9 3 0
#17 Alabama 4 3 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


The 1988 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Wildcats scored 217 points while allowing 208 points.[1][2] This was Jerry Claiborne's seventh season as Kentucky's head coach. The Wildcats finished 5-6, one victory shy of bowl eligibility; the highlight of the season was an upset of #11 ranked Georgia.

Season[edit]

Kentucky opened with a win against Central Michigan, then lost at #7 Auburn and Indiana before beating Kent State. Losses to #12 Alabama and at #19 LSU followed. Next were wins against #11 Georgia, Southern Illinois and Vanderbilt, then losses to Florida and at Tennessee.[3]

The victory over Georgia was the season's high point. Running back Alfred Rawls, a Georgia native, had 128 yards and a touchdown rushing and linebacker Randy Holleran had 13 tackles; #11 Georgia was held to 224 yards of total offense.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3 Central Michigan* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 18–7   41,736
September 10 at #7 Auburn Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 10–20   60,000
September 17 at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 15–36   51,077
September 24 Kent State* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 38–14   47,989
October 1 #12 Alabama Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY L 27–31   53,442
October 15 at #19 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 12–15   71,418
October 28 #11 Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 16–10   50,416
October 29 Southern Illinois* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 24–10   50,093
November 5 Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 14–13   44,105
November 18 Florida Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY L 19–24   50,191
November 19 at #11 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) L 24–28   90,353
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Team players in the 1989 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
David "D. J." Johnson Defensive back 7 174 Pittsburgh Steelers
Ivy Joe Hunter Running back 7 182 Indianapolis Colts
Chris Chenault Linebacker 8 222 Cincinnati Bengals
Charlie Darrington Tight end 9 233 Washington Redskins

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988 Kentucky Wildcats results". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.209
  3. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  4. ^ Story, Mark, UK football's greatest wins at Commonwealth, Lexington Herald-Leader, September 4, 2011
  5. ^ "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168
  7. ^ "1989 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  8. ^ 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166