FANDOM


1947 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1947 record8–3 (2–3 SEC)
Head coachBear Bryant (2nd season)
Home stadiumMcLean Stadium
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Ole Miss 6 1 0     9 2 0
#10 Georgia Tech 4 1 0     10 1 0
#6 Alabama 5 2 0     8 3 0
Mississippi State 2 2 0     7 3 0
Georgia 3 3 0     7 4 1
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     6 4 0
Tulane 2 3 2     2 5 2
LSU 2 3 1     5 3 1
Kentucky 2 3 0     8 3 0
Tennessee 2 3 0     5 5 0
Auburn 1 5 0     2 7 0
Florida 0 3 1     4 5 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1947 Kentucky Wildcats football team was an American footballteam that represented the University of Kentucky as a member of the Southeastern Conference during the 1947 college football season. In its second season under head coach Bear Bryant, the team compiled an 8–3 record (2–3 against SEC opponents), defeated Villanova in the Great Lakes Bowl, and outscored all opponents by a total of 175 to 73.[1] The team played its home games at McLean Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 1947 Kentucky team was ranked in the AP Poll during three weeks of the season: No. 20 on October 13; No. 14 on October 20; and No. 13 on October 27.[2] Kentucky dropped out of the poll after losing its second game to Alabama.

Three Kentucky players were honored on the 1947 All-SEC football teams selected by both the Associated Press (AP) and United Press (UP): center Jay Rhodemyre (AP-1; UP-1); tackle Wash Serini (AP-2); and guard Lee Yarutis (AP-3).[3][4]

Junior George Blanda was Kentucky's starting quarterback in 1947 and 1948. Blanda later played 26 years in the National Football League and set the league's all-time scoring record.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 20at Ole MissL 7–1418,000[5]
September 27CincinnatiW 20–023,800[6][7]
October 4at Xavier
W 20–715,000[8]
October 11 No. 9 Georgia
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 26–024,000[9]
October 18at No. 10 VanderbiltNo. 20W 14–022,500[10]
October 25at Michigan StateNo. 14W 7–626,997[11]
November 1 No. 18 AlabamaNo. 13
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 0–1324,500[12]
November 8at West VirginiaW 15–626,500[13]
November 15Evansville
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 36–015,000[14]
November 22 Tennesseedagger
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
L 6–1325,000[15]
December 6VillanovaW 24–1415,000[16]
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1947 Kentucky Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/kentucky/1947-schedule.html. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. AP Poll Archive Script error
  3. "Tech, Ole Miss, State Also Get 2 Berths Each". The Anniston Star: p. 10. November 26, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2520840/the_anniston_star/. Retrieved May 31, 2015. open access
  4. "Three Alabama Players Given Stellar Ratings". The Courier News: p. 35. November 26, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2562361/the_courier_news/. Retrieved June 6, 2015. open access
  5. Wayne Thompson (September 21, 1947). "Ole Miss Smashes Kentucky 14 To 7". Clarion-Ledger: p. Sports 1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28199882/ole_miss_smashes_kentucky_14_to_7/.
  6. Dick Forbes (September 28, 1947). "Kentucky Is 20-0 Winner Over UC". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28198898/kentucky_is_200_winner_over_uc/.
  7. "Kentucky Drops Cincinnati 20-0 As Dopey Phelps Sparks Offensive". The Paducah Sun-Democrat: p. 15. September 28, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28199003/kentucky_drops_cincinnati_200_as_dopey/.
  8. Bill Ford (October 4, 1947). "Kentucky Wins Over Xavier, 20-7". The Cincinnati Enquirer: p. 1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/27923747/kentucky_wins_over_xavier_207/.
  9. Larry Boeck (October 12, 1947). "Alert Wildcats Stun Georgia 26-0". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202414/alert_wildcats_stun_georgia_260/.
  10. Larry Boeck (October 19, 1947). "U.K. Roars to Fourth Straight Win, Shocks Vandy With First Loss 14-0". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202443/uk_roars_to_fourth_straight_win/.
  11. Marshall Dann (October 25, 1947). "MSC Loses Star, Game". Detroit Free Press: p. Sports 1, 2. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20691695/msc_loses_star_game/.
  12. Larry Boeck (November 2, 1947). "Bama Line Halts Kentucky's Five-Game Win Streak 13-0". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202324/bama_line_halts_kentuckys_fivegame/.
  13. Larry Boeck (November 9, 1947). "Kentucky Slides Past West Virginia 15-6". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202297/kentucky_slides_past_west_virginia_156/.
  14. "U.K., Playing Under Wraps, Tramples Evansville By 36-0". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. November 16, 1947. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202223/uk_playing_under_wraps_tramples/.
  15. Larry Boeck (November 23, 1947). "Neyland Jinx On Cats Continues As Tennessee Sinks Kentucky 13-6 With 4th Period Score". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202250/neyland_jinx_on_cats_continues_as/.
  16. Larry Boeck (December 7, 1947). "Only 15,000 See U.K. Drop Villanova 24-14 In Great Lakes Bowl". The Courier-Journal: p. IV-1. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28202278/only_15000_see_uk_drop_villanova/.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.