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|
The 1976 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1976 NCAA Division I 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 football 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 No. 13 Kansas*||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||L 16-37|
|September 25||West Virginia*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 14-10|
|October 2||No. 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||No. 16 LSU||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 21-7|
|October 23||No. 10 Georgia||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||L 7-31|
|October 30||at No. 5 Maryland*||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||L 14-24|
|November 6||at Vanderbilt||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 14-0|
|November 13||No. 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. No. 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