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1974 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1974 record6–5 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachFran Curci (2nd season)
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/2 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
#8/6 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 2 0     6 6 0
#17/17 Mississippi State 3 3 0     9 3 0
#15/12 Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 5 0
#20/15 Tennessee 2 3 1     7 3 2
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     7 3 2
LSU 2 4 0     5 5 1
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches Poll

The 1974 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) during the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The Wildcats scored 248 points while allowing 194 points, finishing 6–5 overall and 3–3 in the SEC.[1][2]

SeasonEdit

Mike Fanuzzi and Tom Ehlers were chosen as team captains.[2]

Kentucky opened with a 38–7 win at Virginia Tech, followed by a 16–3 road loss at West Virginia. A 28-22 home win against Indiana was next, then a 14–10 loss to Miami (Ohio).[1][2]

Kentucky lost its SEC opener on the road at Auburn, 31–13, but followed with a 20–13 home win against LSU. A 24-20 home loss to Georgia was followed by a 30–7 win at Tulane. Kentucky then won two conference games at home, 38–12 against Vanderbilt and 41–24 against #9-ranked Florida (7–2). Florida already received an invitation to the Sugar Bowl, while Kentucky, at 5–4, was looking to clinch its first winning season since 1965. Florida jumped out to a 17–6 lead but Kentucky outscored the Gators 35–7 the rest of the way, causing three Florida fumbles, intercepting two passes and blocking two punts.[3] Kentucky closed its season with a 24–7 loss at Tennessee for a final mark of 6–5 overall and 3–3 in the SEC.[1][2]

ScheduleEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Wildcats points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 14 at Virginia Tech Win 38 7 1-0
2 Sept. 21 at West Virginia Loss 3 16 1-1
3 Sept. 28 Indiana Win 28 22 2-1
4 Oct. 5 Miami (Ohio) Loss 10 14 2-2
5 Oct. 12 at #10 Auburn Loss 13 31 2-3
6 Oct. 19 LSU Win 20 13 3-3
7 Oct. 26 Georgia Loss 20 24 3-4
8 Nov. 2 at Tulane Win 30 7 4-4
9 Nov. 9 Vanderbilt Win 38 12 5-4
10 Nov. 16 #9 Florida Win 41 24 6-4
11 Nov. 23 at Tennessee Loss 7 24 6-5

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RosterEdit

Team players in the 1975 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Elmore StephensTight end 2 34 Kansas City Chiefs
Rick NuzumTackle 5 126 Los Angeles Rams
Tom Ehlers Linebacker 13 323 Philadelphia Eagles

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ReferencesEdit

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