Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff
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29 is the number for… Derrick Baity, Alfonso Smith, John Bow, Darren Bilberry, David “Buzz” Meers
Wideout Jeff Badet caught a total of 29 passes last season for 430 yards and two touchdowns… In 2014, linebacker Josh Forrest intercepted a pass at the UL-Monroe 29 and returned it for a touchdown… Randy Holleran made 29 tackles vs LSU in 1990, still the UK single-game record… Kentucky was on its own 29-yard-line in 2008 when Mike Hartline hit Alfonso Smith with a short pass; he turned the corner and raced 71 yards for a TD in a win over the Razorbacks…
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30 is the number for… Marlon McCree, Moncell Allen
Kentucky was on its own 30-yard-line late in the second quarter of the 2006 Music City Bowl when quarterback Andre’ Woodson spotted receiver Demoreo Ford behind the Clemson defense. Woodson hit him in stride and Ford outran the Tiger defense for a 70-yard scoring play… Quarterback Dusty Bonner completed 30 passes against Syracuse in the 1999 Music City Bowl; Tim Couch completed the same number in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, 1999… It had been 30 years for UK between wins over Top 10 teams when beat the Wildcats beat Louisville (ranked #9 at the time) in 2007… And 1930 was the year Kentucky beat Maryville 57-0, behind 280 rushing yards by Shipwreck Kelly, still a school record…
31 is the number for… Damon Hood, Claude Sagaille, Bill Arnsparger, Greg Motley
Among returning Wildcats, Regie Meant led all defensive tackles with 31 stops last season… Mike Hartline threw 31 passes in the 2008 Liberty Bowl, completing 19 for 204 yards. Playing with intestinal flu, Hartline was named the offensive MVP for the game… Oklahoma had won 31 straight games before facing Bear Bryant’s UK team in the 1951 Sugar Bowl. The Wildcats upset the Sooners, 13-7… After going winless in 1982, Kentucky scored 31 points in its season-opening win over Central Michigan in 1983, en route to a 6-5 regular season. At the time, it was the greatest season-to-season turnaround in Division I football history…
32 is the number for… Anthony White, Ivy Joe Hunter, Trevard Lindley.
Jerry Claiborne’s UK teams won 32 games in CWS, still the record for a UK coach… Rodger Birdthrew a 32-yard halfback pass to QB Rick Kestner for a score against Ole Miss, giving UK a 13-7 lead in the Wildcats’ 27-21 upset of the top-ranked Rebels in 1964 in Jackson… Patrick Towles’s first collegiate TD pass came in 2012 against Mississippi State, when he connected from 32 yards out with WR LaRod King… DB J.D. Harmon returned four kicks last season for an average of 32 yards (longest – 60 vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the season-opener)…
33 – George Adams, Chris Gayton, Calvin Harrison, Bill Leskovar, Chris Jones.
Number 33 is… the length of the field goal Seth Hanson kicked as time expired to give the Wildcats a 39-36 win at LSU, the last time the Cats have won in Death Valley. LSU had scored 14 points in the 4th quarter to tie the game before Hanson’s game-winning boot.
In 1933, Harry Gamage decided to retire as UK head coach, leaving with a record of 32-25-5 in seven seasons.
UK was on the Kent State 33-yard line with four minutes left in the game in 2007 when freshman Derrick Locke took the handoff, quickly hit the hole and bolted 67 yards for his first touchdown as a Wildcat. Locked flashed the speed that had other schools offering him track scholarships, but he wanted to play football – so Rich Brooks made him a tailback. He finished with 75 yards on five carries that day in a 56-20 win.
The Cats threw a total of 33 interceptions during the 1967 season.
A total of 33 Wildcats have rushed for at least 1,000 yards during their UK careers.
34 – Henry Parks, Lee Wesley, Norman Klein Number
34 is… where Kentucky had the ball (at the Florida 34-yard line) at the end of regulation in Gainesville last year. Austin MacGinnis would boot a 51-yard field goal to force overtime.
Speedy wide receiver Kendrick Shanklin returned 34 kicks in 2000, still a school record.
Kicker Nicky Nickels of Lexington connected on a field goal from 34 yards out (also one from 26) for the Wildcats in the 1993 Peach Bowl loss to Clemson.
The ball was at the UK 34-yard line at Arkansas in 2007 when Trevard Lindley picked up a fumble and raced 66 yards for a touchdown just before halftime. The momentum-changing score was a key component in Kentucky’s victory in Fayetteville that day.