Kentucky Wildcats football
Kentucky Wildcats NCAA-SEC-UK Wildcats-Helmets
First season 1881
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart
Head coach Mark Stoops
2nd year, 7–17 ()
Home stadium Kroger Field
Stadium capacity 67,606
Stadium surface Bermuda Grass
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Conference SEC (1932–present)
Division SEC Eastern Division (1992–present)
All-time history
Template:Kentucky Wildcats football history
All-time record 578–572–44 ()
Postseason bowl record 8–6–0 ()
Claimed national titles 1
Conference titles 2
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans
Current uniform
Colors Blue, White, and Black (Alternate Color)


Fight song On, On, U of K; Kentucky Fight
Rivals Tennessee Volunteers, Louisville Cardinals, South Carolina Gamecocks

The Kentucky Wildcats football team represents the University of Kentucky located in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats are a member of the NCAA FBS Southeastern Conference and play their home games at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Wildcats are currently coached by Mark Stoops.


Paul "Bear" Bryant Era As a member of the football-heavy SEC, they compete against many of the top college football programs in the nation. They play at Commonwealth Stadium, which replaced Stoll Field in 1973. Paul "Bear" Bryant was Kentucky's head football coach for eight seasons.

Under Bryant the Wildcats won the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, lost the 1950 Orange Bowl, won the 1951 Sugar Bowl and the 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic. In final AP polls, the Wildcats were ranked #11 in 1949, #7 in 1950, #15 in 1951, #20 in 1952 and #16 in 1953. The final 1950 poll was taken prior to the bowl games; Kentucky then defeated undefeated and #1 ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, ending the Sooners 31 game winning streak. The NCAA recognized Kentucky as their 1950 co-national champion in football after commissioning Jeff Sagarin to apply his rankings to seasons before the advent of the Bowl Coalition.

Fran Curci Era The 1976 Wildcats claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference championship under coach Fran Curci and won the Peach Bowl, finishing #18 in the final AP poll. The 1977 Kentucky team went 10–1 and was undefeated in SEC play but, despite finishing the season ranked #6 in the AP poll, did not play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. Kentucky finished at #6 and Penn State at #5 despite the fact that Kentucky defeated Penn State at Penn State during the regular season.

Jerry Claiborne Era Coach Jerry Claiborne led the Wildcats to the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl. Kentucky returned to the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl and defeated a Wisconsin team ranked #20 in the polls to finish the season with a 9–3 record and a #19 ranking in the final AP and UPI polls. The E.J. Nutter Training Facility was built in 1987.[1]

Bill Curry Era The Wildcats played in the 1993 Peach Bowl under coach Bill Curry.

Hal Mumme Era Coach Hal Mumme led the Wildcats to the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Music City Bowl but the program was hit with severe sanctions for infractions during Mumme's tenure.

Guy Morriss Era Under coach Guy Morriss the Wildcats posted a 7–5 record in 2002 but were not eligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. The most significant event of that season came in a loss to LSU. (See: Bluegrass Miracle)

Rich Brooks Era The team's next head coach was Rich Brooks, who led the team out of the probationary years to an 8–5 regular season record in 2006, including a memorable upset over the defending SEC champion Georgia, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Brooks also led the football team to its first bowl game since 1999 and its first bowl game victory since 1984, as Kentucky defeated the Clemson University Tigers 28–20 in the Music City Bowl. [1] The Wildcats were ranked 8th in the nation before a loss to South Carolina on October 4. After the loss to South Carolina, Kentucky bounced back on October 13 to defeat #1 LSU in a historic triple overtime game.

Brooks took Kentucky to four consecutive bowl games, winning the first three. The 2007 Kentucky Wildcats football defeated Florida State 35–28 in the 2007 Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 31, 2007. Quarterback Andre' Woodson was named the Music City Bowl MVP for the second year in a row. In 2008 the Wildcats opted to go to the Liberty Bowl instead of the Music City Bowl and defeated Conference USA champion East Carolina 25-19. In 2009, Brooks and Kentucky returned to the Music City Bowl, losing in a rematch to Clemson 21-13.

Joker Phillips Era Former Wildcat wide receiver and long time assistant coach and associate head coach Joker Phillips was formally named head coach January, 6, 2010 after Brooks' retirement. [2] Kentucky started off strong under Phillips with a win on the road against arch rival Louisville. The 2010 squad snapped a long standing losing streak to South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier by defeating the Gamecocks at Commonwealth Stadium. However, they dropped games to both Ole Miss and Mississippi State, lost to a Florida team on a down year and once again failed to beat its other arch rival Tennessee, having lost 26 in a row to the Vols, the longest losing streak by one team to another in college football.

On November 26, 2011, Kentucky snapped the longest active FBS losing streak to any one team by defeating the Tennessee Vols 10-7 at Commonwealth Stadium.



Season Coach Record


Season Coach Record
2019 Mark Stoops
2018 Mark Stoops 10-3
2017 Mark Stoops 7-6
2016 Mark Stoops 7-6
2015 Mark Stoops 5-7
2014 Mark Stoops 5-7
2013 Mark Stoops 2-10
2012 Joker Phillips 2-10
2011 Joker Phillips 5-7
2010 Joker Phillips 6-7


Season Coach Record
2009 Rich Brooks 7-6
2008 Rich Brooks 7-6
2007 Rich Brooks 8-5
2006 Rich Brooks
2005 Rich Brooks
2004 Rich Brooks
2003 Rich Brooks

Bowl gamesEdit

UK has played in 18 bowl games, compiling a record of 9-9. Note that in the table below, the year references the season, and not the actual date the game was played.

Season Bowl Game Winner Loser Record
1947 Great Lakes Bowl UK 24 Villanova 14 1-0
1949 Orange Bowl Santa Clara (CA) 21 UK 13 1-1
1950 Sugar Bowl UK 13 Oklahoma 7 2-1
1951 Cotton Bowl Classic UK 20 TCU 7 3-1
1976 Peach Bowl UK 21 North Carolina 0 4-1
1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl West Virginia 20 UK 16 4-2
1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl UK 20 Wisconsin 19 5-2
1993 Peach Bowl Clemson 14 UK 13 5-3
1998 Outback Bowl Penn State 26 UK 14 5-4
1999 Music City Bowl Syracuse 20 UK 13 5-5
2006 Music City Bowl UK 28 Clemson 20 6-5
2007 Music City Bowl UK 35 Florida State 28 7-5
2008 Liberty Bowl UK 25 East Carolina 19 8-5
2009 Music City Bowl Clemson 21 UK 13 8-6
2010 BBVA Compass Bowl Pittsburgh 27 UK 10 8-7
2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Georgia Tech 33 UK 18 8-8
2017 Music City Bowl Northwestern 24 UK 23 8-9
2018 Citrus Bowl UK 27 Penn State 24 9-9
Totals 18 9-9

Notable AlumniEdit

External LinksEdit


  1. E.J. Nutter Training Facility. University of Kentucky. Retrieved on 8 March 2010.
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