1984 Kentucky Wildcats football team

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1984 Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 19
1984 record9–3 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachJerry Claiborne (3rd season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Base defenseWide-Tackle Six
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
No. 15 LSU $ 4 1 1     8 3 1
No. 14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
No. 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 was assessed a postseason ban following an NCAA investigation, and the SEC subsequently vacated any championship. The Sugar Bowl automatic bid for the conference champion was awarded to LSU. Under modern rules, LSU would be credited with the conference championship.
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]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 8Kent State*W 42–056,402
September 15at Indiana*W 48–1444,389
September 22at Tulane*W 30–2616,505
October 6Rutgers*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 27–1458,010
October 13Mississippi StateNo. 19W 17–1330,395
October 20No. 10 LSUNo. 16
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 10–3657,252
October 27No. 13 Georgia
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 7–3756,032
November 3North Texas*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 31–754,328
November 10Vanderbilt
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 27–1853,112
November 17No. 5 Florida
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 17–2552,823
November 24at TennesseeW 17–1293,791
December 29vs. No. 19 Wisconsin*W 20–1947,300
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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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