1977 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1977 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats new logo.png
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #6
1977 record 10-1 (6-0 SEC)
Head coach Fran Curci
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Alabama 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Kentucky 6 0 0     10 1 0
LSU 4 2 0     8 4 0
Auburn 4 2 0     5 6 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 6 0
Tennessee 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
  • Kentucky ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation. Mississippi State later forfeited all 1977 wins due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1977 college football season. The Wildcats scored 252 points while allowing 111 points. The Wildcats finished conference play undefeated but due to NCAA probation were not eligible for a share of the SEC championship or for postseason play.[1] The Wildcats finished the season ranked #6 in the final AP Poll.[2]

Regular season[edit]

  • In the Border Battle, Kentucky beat Tennessee by a score of 21-17. Entering that game, Kentucky had seven injured starters unable to play, including quarterback Derrick Ramsey, whose arm was injured so badly he could not throw the football.[3] Tennessee jumped out to a 17-14 lead when backup quarterback Mike Deaton completed a 36 yard pass to Felix Wilson; the injured Ramsey then entered the game and led Kentucky to a touchdown.[4] Tennessee's offense then took the ball to Kentucky's 22 yard line but Tennessee quarterback Jimmy Streater fumbled due to a hit by Kentucky All-American defensive end Art Still, and linebacker Kelly Kirchbaum recovered the ball to preserve the win.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 North Carolina* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 10–7    
September 17 at Baylor* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 6–21   30,000
September 24 West Virginia* #17 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 28–13    
October 1 at #4 Penn State* #16 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 24–20   62,196
October 8 Mississippi State #12 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 23–7    
October 15 at #16 LSU #8 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 33–13    
October 22 at Georgia #7 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 33–0   59,100
October 29 Virginia Tech #7 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY W 32–0    
November 5 at Vanderbiltdagger #7 Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 28–6   26,572
November 12 at Florida #7 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 14–7   50,243
November 19 Tennessee #7 Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 21 –17   57,914
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game notes[edit]

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 7 7 10 0 24
Penn St 10 10 0 0 20

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Art Still Defensive End 1 2 Kansas City Chiefs
Derrick Ramsey Quarterback 5 136 Oakland Raiders
Mike Martin Tackle 9 244 Chicago Bears
Will Grant Center 10 255 Buffalo Bills
Dallas Owens Defensive Back 10 275 Baltimore Colts
Jerry Blanton Linebacker 11 282 Buffalo Bills

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]