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1958 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1958 record5–4–1 (3–4–1 SEC)
Head coachBlanton Collier (5th season)
Home stadiumMcLean Stadium
Seasons
← 1957
1959 →
1958 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/1 LSU 6 0 0     11 0 0
#4/4 Auburn 6 0 1     9 0 1
#11/12 Ole Miss 4 2 0     9 2 0
Vanderbilt 2 1 3     5 2 3
Tennessee 4 3 0     4 6 0
Alabama 3 4 1     5 4 1
Kentucky 3 4 1     5 4 1
#14/15 Florida 2 3 1     6 4 1
Georgia Tech 2 3 1     5 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0     4 6 0
Tulane 1 5 0     3 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1958 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1958 NCAA University Division football season. The Wildcats scored 136 points while allowing 115 points, and finished with a record of 5–4–1.[1]

SeasonEdit

Kentucky opened with a 51–0 win over Hawaii at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. A 13–0 win in the SEC opener against Georgia Tech followed. 2–0 Kentucky, then ranked #17 in the AP poll,[2] then lost four games in a row: 27–6 to #9 Ole Miss in Memphis, 8–0 to #1 Auburn, 32–7 at #9 LSU and 28–0 at Georgia. A 33–12 win over Mississippi State was followed by a 0–0 tie against Vanderbilt. After a 20–6 win against Xavier, Kentucky closed the season with a 6–2 victory at Tennessee.[3][4]

The victory over Tennessee was Kentucky's second in a row, and second in a stretch of four games in which Kentucky denied Tennessee a win.[5] The Wildcats were invited to participate in the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl but declined due to what they considered to be poor treatment during their season opener, a win against Hawaii in the stadium in which the Bluegrass Bowl would be played.[6] Florida State and Oklahoma State played in the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl instead.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 13Hawaii*W 51–0
September 20Georgia TechW 13–0
September 27at No. 9 Ole MissNo. 17L 6–27
October 11No. 1 Auburn
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
L 0–8
October 18at No. 9 LSUL 7–32
October 25at GeorgiaL 0–28
November 1Mississippi State
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 33–12
November 8Vanderbilt
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
T 0–0
November 15Xavier*
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 20–6
November 22at TennesseeW 6–2
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Schedule source:[7][8]

Team players in the 1959 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jim BowieTackle 22 254 Philadelphia Eagles

[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1958 Kentucky Wildcats results". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJByYIFZ?url=http://www.jhowell.net/cf/scores/Kentucky.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  2. "September 22, 1958 AP poll at AP Poll Archive". http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/seasons.cfm?seasonid=1958&appollid=212.
  3. "1958 Kentucky Wildcats scores". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJByYIFZ?url=http://www.jhowell.net/cf/scores/Kentucky.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  4. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 207
  5. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.207
  6. Rice, Russell, 'The Wildcats: A Story of Kentucky Football', ISBN 0-87397-075-6
  7. "College Football Reference". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJBzMXAY?url=http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=184&season=1976. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  8. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 207
  9. "1959 NFL Draft Listing | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJBzy441?url=http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1984.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  10. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166
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