2007 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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2007 Kentucky Wildcats football
UKentucky logo.png
Music City Bowl Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Eastern Division
2007 record 8–5 (3–5 SEC)
Head coach Rich Brooks
Offensive coordinator Joker Phillips
Defensive coordinator Steve Brown
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
(Capacity: 67,606)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#12 Tennessee xy   6 2         10 4  
#2 Georgia x   6 2         11 2  
#13 Florida   5 3         9 4  
South Carolina   3 5         6 6  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 7  
Western Division
#1 LSU x   6 2         12 2  
#15 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Arkansas   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Alabama   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         3 9  
Championship: LSU 21, Tennessee 14
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had 5 victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 2–6 (1-4).
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the college football season of 2007–2008. The team's head football coach was Rich Brooks, in his 5th year as Kentucky's head coach. The Wildcats played their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. The team is remembered by many college football fans for its prolific offense, led by seniors Rafael Little, Keenan Burton, Steve Johnson, and André Woodson.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM Eastern Kentucky* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY BBSN W 50–10   66,512[1]
September 8 6:00 PM Kent State* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY BBSN W 56–20   67,380[1]
September 15 6:00 PM #9 Louisville* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Battle for the Governor's Cup) ESPNC W 40-34   70,857[1]
September 22 7:00 PM at Arkansas #21 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN2 W 42–29   74,015[1]
September 29 1:00 PM Florida Atlantic* #14 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY BBSN W 45–17   65,927[1]
October 4 8:00 PM at #11 South Carolina #8 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN L 23–38   76,220[1]
October 13 3:30 PM #1 LSU #17 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY CBS W 43–37 3OT  70,902[1]
October 20 3:30 PM #14 Florida #8 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY CBS L 37–45   71,024[1]
October 27 12:00 PM Mississippi Statedagger #14 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY LFS L 14–31   68,173[1]
November 10 3:00 PM at Vanderbilt #24 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN BBSN W 27–20   39,773[1]
November 17 12:00 PM #8 Georgia #22 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA LFS L 13–24   92,746[1]
November 24 3:30 PM #19 Tennessee Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel/Senior Day) CBS L 50–52 4OT  69,813[1]
December 31 4:00 PM vs. Florida State* LP Field • Nashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN W 35–28   68,661[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Eastern Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Kentucky 0 3 7 0 10
Kentucky 17 13 20 0 50

André Woodson threw for a 51 yard touchdown on Kentucky's first snap of the season, as the Wildcats rout Eastern Kentucky, 50–10.[3] Kentucky scored five touchdowns on their first eight drives, and punted only once, in the fourth quarter. Rafael Little had 135 yards on the ground for Kentucky.[3]

Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kent State 7 7 6 0 20
Kentucky 14 0 21 21 56

Kentucky had 266 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, but Kentucky's porous run defense was gashed for 324 yards on the ground by the Golden Flashes.[4] Woodson looked out of sync until he hit Keenan Burton for a fifty-one yard score in the third quarter. Tony Dixon, André Woodson, Alfonso Smith, and Derrick Locke all had one rushing touchdown for Kentucky, where John Conner had two.[4]

Kent State struck first on a fake field goal, ran six yards for a touchdown by holder Leneric Muldrow. Conner ran in from five yards out, and Woodson fired back with a 33 yard touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a 14-7 lead.[4] The Golden Flashes Eugene Jarvis scored on a ten yard run up the middle, but John Conner and Tony Dixon ran in, and André Woodson hit Keenan Burton to the right for 51 yards and a touchdown. Kent State, down 14–35 answered with a Julian Edelman pass to Eugene Jarvis for a 22 yard touchdown, but Woodson, Alfonso Smith, and Derrick Locke ran in for touchdowns of 1, 12, and 67 yards respectively.[4]

Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Louisville 7 14 7 6 34
Kentucky 13 6 7 14 40

With 28 seconds left, André Woodson threw a 57 yard touchdown pass to knock off #9 Louisville, the first time the Wildcats had beaten a top ten team in thirty years.[5] Woodson finished 30 of 44 for 275 yds and four touchdowns.[5] Woodson also did not throw an interception, and he ended the game with 257 passes without an interception. This became a new SEC record, breaking David Greene's record and falling fourteen attempts short of Trent Dilfer's all-time mark.[5]

Placekicker Lones Seiber started the scoring for the Wildcats with a 36 yard field goal, and Woodson followed later with a five yard touchdown strike, with another Seiber kick, to make the lead 13–0 in favor of Kentucky.[5] Louisville Senior Quarterback Brian Brohm found Anthony Allen for an eight yard touchdown. Rafael Little ran up the middle for a ten yard score in the second quarter, but Seiber missed the PAT, resulting in a 19–7 Kentucky lead. Brian Brohm passed to Harry Douglas for a TD, and Louisville added a ten yard touchdown run from Anthony Allen to pull in front 21–19.[5]

Opening the second-half scoring, Woodson threw a seven yard touchdown pass but on the ensuing kickoff lightning struck for the Cardinals in the form of Trent Guy's 100 yard kickoff return. Once again, Kentucky answered with a Woodson pass to Jacob Tamme.[5] Brohm then began an 84-yard drive that ended in Anthony Allen’s 2-yard touchdown run and a Cardinal lead. Brohm would've been sacked for a loss on the drive, but a fifteen yard personal foul penalty on cornerback Trevard Lindley gave the Cardinals room to operate as well as a fresh set of downs.[5] Despite Brohm's heroics, they were topped by Woodson's 57 yard touchdown hookup to wideout Steve Johnson to beat the Cardinals for the first time in Kentucky's last five tries.[5] This was the first time Woodson had gotten a win against Brohm, Woodson's rival dating back to their high schools, separated by only 45 miles.[6]

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Kentucky 7 7 7 21 42
Arkansas 10 10 0 9 29


Florida Atlantic[edit]

Andre Woodson threw his first interception in his previous 325 attempts, snapping his NCAA record for consecutive passes thrown without an INT.

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida Atlantic 3 7 0 7 17
#15 Kentucky 7 21 7 10 45


South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Kentucky 3 7 3 10 23
#6 South Carolina 10 7 7 14 38


LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
#1 LSU 0 17 10 0 7 3 0 37
#15 Kentucky 7 7 7 6 7 3 6 43


Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Florida 14 7 10 14 45
#8 Kentucky 7 3 14 13 37


Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 7 7 10 7 31
#14 Kentucky 7 0 7 0 14


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Kentucky 3 10 7 7 27
Vanderbilt 0 13 0 7 20


Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Kentucky 10 0 3 0 13
#8 Georgia 0 7 14 3 24


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT 4OT Total
#19 Tennessee 14 10 7 0 7 0 6 8 52
Kentucky 0 7 14 10 7 0 6 6 50


Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 7 7 14 7 35
Florida State 7 7 0 14 28


Statistics[edit]

Quarterback Andre Woodson set a new NCAA record with 325 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. His 40 touchdown passes set a new SEC record, and his 81 career touchdown passes set a new school record.

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 475 385
  Points per Game 36.5 29.6
First Downs 335 288
  Rushing 130 140
  Passing 182 129
  Penalty 23 19
Total Offense 5764 5163
  Avg per Play 5.7 5.3
  Avg per Game 443.4 397.2
Fumbles-Lost 30-16 24-10
Penalties-Yards 83-717 84-737
  Avg per Game 55.1 56.6
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 51-1992 65-2558
  Avg per Punt 39.1 39.3
Time of Possession/Game 28:31 31:29
3rd Down Conversions 94/195 88/194
4th Down Conversions 12/22 7/17
Touchdowns Scored 62 45
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    

Weekly rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP NR NR NR 21 14 8 17 8 14 NR 25 22 NR NR NR NR
Coaches NR NR NR 23 15 8 23 13 15 23 22 20 NR NR NR NR
Harris Not released 14 7 18 11 15 24 23 20 21 NR NR NR
BCS Not released 7 14 NR 25 NR NR NR NR NR

Roster[edit]

Starters

Position Number Name Height Weight Class Hometown Games↑
QB 3 Andre Woodson 6'5" 230 lb. Sr. Radcliff, Kentucky 13
HB 22 Rafael Little 5'10" 210 lb. Sr. Anderson, South Carolina 10
FB 38 John Conner 5'11" 228 So. West Chester, Ohio 13
WR 19 Keenan Burton 6'2" 195 lb. Sr. Louisville, Kentucky 12
WR 13 Steve Johnson 6'3" 198 lb. Sr. San Francisco, California 10
TE 18 Jacob Tamme 6'4" 215 lb. Sr. Danville, Kentucky 13
LT 79 Garry Willians 6'0" 300 lb. Jr. Louisville, Kentucky 13
LG 72 Zipp Duncan 6'5" 295 lb. So. Magnolia, Kentucky 12
C 59 Eric Scott 6'5" 291 lb. Sr. Woodstock, Georgia 13
RG 78 Christian Johnson 6'4" 325 lb. Jr. Fort Campbell, Kentucky 13
RT 76 Justin Jeffries 6'6" 300 lb. So. Louisville, Kentucky 13
Position Number Name Height Weight Class Hometown Games↑
LE 99 Jeremy Jarmon 6'3" 277 lb. So. Collierville, Tennessee 13
LT 98 Myron Pryor 6'1" 310 lb. So. Louisville, Kentucky 12
RT 91 Corey Peters 6'3" 290 lb. So. Louisville, Kentucky 13
RE 95 Ventrell Jenkins 6'2" 285 lb. Jr. Columbia, South Carolina 11
SLB 16' Wesley Woodyard 6'1" 225 lb. Sr. LaGrange, Georgia 13
MLB 56 Braxton Kelley 6'0" 230 lb. Jr. LaGrange, Georgia 12
WLB 51 Johnny Williams 6'3" 244 lb. Jr. Jacksonville, Florida 12
RCB 32 Trevard Lindley 6'0" 175 lb. So. Hiram, Georgia 13
LCB 34 Paul Warford 5'10" 200 lb. So. Richmond, Kentucky 10
FS 35 Roger Williams 6'0" 204 lb. Sr. Rockmart, Georgia 13
SS 2 Marcus McClinton 6'1" 210 lb. Jr. Fort Campbell, Kentucky 11
  • bold - Denotes returning starter
  • ↑ - Denotes number of games started by the player at the listed position during the 2008 season.
Wide Receiver
  • 6 Taiedo Smith WR/DB - So
  • 7 David Jones WR - Sr
  • 8 DeMoreo Ford WR - Sr
  • 12 Dicky Lyons Jr. WR - Jr
  • 14 Anthony Mosley WR - So
  • 26 Terrence Jones WR - So
  • 48 Jayce Long WR - So
  • 49 Antonio Thomas WR/DB - So
  • 81 Kyrus Lanxter WR - So
  • 83 Anthony Stewart WR - Sr
  • 83 Courtney Gholson WR - So
  • 84 Chris Wraley WR - Jr
  • 85 Anthony Cecil WR - Jr
  • 87 Andre Henderson WR - So
  • 19 Keenan Burton WR - SR
Offensive Lineman
  • 52 Billy Joe Murphy OL - So
  • 58 Phillip Hibbard OL - So
  • 60 Dustin Luck OL - Jr
  • 61 Jorge Gonzalez C - Jr
  • 63 Jake Lanefski OL - So
  • 64 Josh Winchell OT - Sr
  • 68 Michael Williams OL - Jr
  • 70 Stuart Hines OL - So
  • 72 Zipp Duncan OT - Jr
  • 73 Jess Beets OG - Sr
  • 74 Joe Fischer OT - Sr
  • 75 Brad Durham OL - So
  • 76 Justin Jeffries OT - Jr
  • 77 Marcus Davis OL - So
  • 78 Christian Johnson OL - Sr
  • 79 Garry Williams OT - Sr
Tight End
  • 80 T.C. Drake TE - Jr
  • 82 Tyler Sexton TE - Jr
  • 86 Ross Bogue TE - Jr
  • 88 Chris Goode TE - So
Quarterback
  • 1 Will Fidler QB - So
  • 5 Mike Hartline QB - So
  • 10 Matt Lentz QB - So
  • 15 Curtis Pulley QB - Sr
  • 17 Tyler Sargent QB - So
 
Running Back
  • 9 Brandon Jackson RB - So
  • 28 Tony Dixon RB - Sr
  • 29 Alfonso Smith RB - Jr
  • 30 Moncell Allen RB - So
  • 33 Antoine Brown RB - 'Jr
  • 37 Trey Bowland RB - So
  • 41 Derrick Locke RB - So
Fullback
  • 38 John Conner FB - Jr
  • 40 Maurice Grinter FB - Jr
  • 43 Stephen Ball FB - So
  • 47 Matt Ramsey FB - So
Defensive tackle
  • 53 Ricky Lumpkin DT - So
  • 91 Corey Peters DT - Jr
  • 93 Austin Moss DT - Jr
  • 95 Ventrell Jenkins DT - Sr
  • 98 Myron Pryor DT - Sr
Defensive Lineman
  • 60 Shane McCord DL - So
  • 67 Joe Scott DL - So


Defensive End
  • 39 Courtney Coffey DE - So
  • 45 Antwane Glenn DE - So
  • 62 Greg Meisner DE - So
  • 67 Charles Mustafaa DE - So
  • 69 B.J. Wiedemann DE - So
  • 90 Jamil Paris DE - Jr
  • 92 Josh Minton DE - So
  • 97 Nii Adjei Oninku DE - Sr
  • 99 Jeremy Jarmon DE - Jr
Cornerback
  • 36 Robbie McAtee CB - Sr
 
Linebacker
  • 4 Micah Johnson LB - Jr
  • 41 Ben Bates LB - Jr
  • 42 Chris Cessna LB - So
  • 43 Mikhail Mabry LB - Jr
  • 46 Ronnie Sneed LB - So
  • 47 A.J. Nance LB - Jr
  • 50 Sam Maxwell LB - Jr
  • 51 Johnny Williams LB - Sr
  • 54 Brandon Thurmond LB - So
  • 56 Braxton Kelley LB - Sr
  • 57 Jacob Dufrene LB - So
Defensive Backs
  • 2 Marcus McClinton DB - Sr
  • 11 Greg Wilson DB - So
  • 15 Chris Drayton DB - So
  • 21 Michael Schwindel DB - Jr
  • 23 Shomari Moore DB - Sr
  • 24 Randall Burden DB - 'So
  • 25 Ahmad Grigsby Jr DB - So
  • 27 Ashton Cobb DB - Jr
  • 31 Jordan Nevels DB - Jr
  • 32 Trevard Lindley DB - So
  • 33 Calvin Harrison DB - Jr
  • 34 Paul Warford DB - Jr
  • 40 Daryl Faulkner DB - So
  • 71 James Alexander DB - Jr
Long Snapper
  • 58 Greg Curtin LS - Sr
  • 62 Clay Pear LS - So
  • 65 J.J. Helton LS - So
  • 74 Brad Hart LS - So
Punter
Place Kicker
  • 36 Lones Seiber K - Jr
  • 97 J.J. Housley K - Sr

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Rich Brooks - Head Coach
  • Joker Phillips - Offensive Coordinator
  • Steve Brown - Defensive Coordinator
  • - Wide Receivers
  • - Offensive Line
  • - Secondary
  • - Defensive Assistant
  • - Running Backs
  • Randy Sanders - Quarterbacks
  • - Defensive Assistant
  • - Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • - Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • - Offensive Quality Control

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cumulative Season Statistics". University of Kentucky. 
  2. ^ "Kentucky in the 2007 AP polls, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on October 7, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b McMurray, Jeffrey (September 1, 2007) Kentucky opens with lopsided victory over Eastern Kentucky Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on March 8, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d McMurray, Jeffrey (September 8, 2008) Kentucky rushing game overcomes shaky defense against Kent State Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on March 8, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h McMurray, Jeffrey (September 16, 2008) Woodson’s bomb knocks off No. 9 Cardinals for first time Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on March 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "North Hardin High School (KY) to Trinity High School (KY)." Google Maps. Directions. Retrieved on March 8, 2008.