1965 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
1965 record6–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachCharlie Bradshaw (4th season)
Home stadiumStoll Field/McLean Stadium
Seasons
← 1964
1966 →
1965 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/4 Alabama 6 1 1     9 1 1
Auburn 4 1 1     5 5 1
#NR/12 Florida 4 2 0     7 4 0
#7/7 Tennessee 3 1 2     8 1 2
#NR/17 Ole Miss 5 3 0     7 4 0
#8/14 LSU 3 3 0     8 3 0
#NR/18 Kentucky 3 3 0     6 4 0
#NR/15 Georgia 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     2 7 1
Tulane 1 5 0     2 8 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1965 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference during the 1965 NCAA University Division football season. The Wildcats scored 202 points while allowing 160 points, finishing 6-4 overall, 3-3 in the SEC.[1][2]

Season[edit | edit source]

Rick Norton and Sam Ball were chosen as team captains.[2]

Kentucky opened with a 7-0 win at Missouri.[2] Missouri finished the season ranked #6 in the nation, with a record of 8-2-1.[3] Kentucky entered Week 2 of the season ranked #10 in the country.[4]

The second game was a 16-7 win against Ole Miss.[2] Kentucky advanced to a #6 ranking in the AP poll.[4]

A loss at Auburn (23-18) was followed by a 26-24 win against Florida State.[2] A 31-21 loss at LSU was followed by a 28-10 win over Georgia and a 28-8 victory over West Virginia. Kentucky then was ranked again in the AP poll, at #10.[4]

Next was a 34-0 win over Vanderbilt.[2] Kentucky retained its #10 ranking in the AP poll.[4]

At that point Kentucky was offered a bid to the Gator Bowl but turned it down, hoping for a better bowl invitation. However, star quarterback Rick Norton suffered a broken leg in the next game, which ended up being a 38-21 loss at Houston, and a 19-3 loss to Tennessee left the Wildcats with a 6-4 record and no bowl game.[2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 18at Missouri*W 7–0
September 25Ole MissNo. 10W 16–7
October 2at AuburnNo. 6L 18–23
October 9Florida State*
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 26–24
October 16at LSUL 21–31
October 23No. 10 Georgia
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 28–1037,300
October 30West Virginia*
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 28–8
November 6at VanderbiltNo. 10W 34–0
November 13at Houston*No. 10L 21–38
November 20Tennessee
  • McLean Stadium
  • Lexington, KY (rivalry)
L 3–19
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Team players in the 1966 NFL and AFL Drafts[edit | edit source]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Rick Norton Quarterback 1 2 Miami Dolphins
Rodger Bird Defensive back 1 10 Oakland Raiders
Sam Ball Tackle 1 15 Baltimore Colts
Sam Ball Tackle 2 14 New York Jets
Bob Windsor Tight end 2 26 San Francisco 49ers
Rick Norton Quarterback 2 29 Cleveland Browns
Rick Kestner Wide receiver 3 47 Baltimore Colts
Doug Davis Tackle 5 72 Minnesota Vikings
Rick Kestner Wide receiver 18 155 Miami Dolphins

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References[edit | edit source]

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