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1976 Kentucky Wildcats football
Peach Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 18
1976 record8–4 (4–2 SEC)
Head coachFran Curci (4th season)
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/10 Georgia 5 1 0     10 2 0
#11/9 Alabama 5 2 0     9 3 0
#20/NR Mississippi State 4 2 0     9 2 0
Florida 4 2 0     8 4 0
#NR/19 Kentucky 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
LSU 2 4 0     6 4 1
Tennessee 2 4 0     6 5 0
Auburn 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
  • Mississippi State later forfeited all 1976 wins due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches Poll

The 1976 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. The Wildcats beat four different ranked teams during the season, scoring 209 points while allowing 151 points. Kentucky won the 1976 Peach Bowl and finished the season 8–4 and ranked #19 in the country.

SeasonEdit

Kentucky opened the season with a 38-13 victory over Oregon State. Next was a 16-37 loss at Kansas. The following week, Kentucky defeated West Virginia 14-10.[1]

On October 10,[1] Kentucky hosted #20 ranked Penn State.[2] The 57,733 in attendance was the largest crowd ever for a football game in the state of Kentucky up to that time.[2] Kentucky quarterback Derrick Ramsey ran for 95 yards and a touchdown; running back Chris Hill added 106 yards and a touchdown, and safety Rick Hayden had two interceptions.[2] Kentucky held Penn State to 212 yards of total offense and won 22-6.[1] Penn State coach Joe Paterno commented after the game, "That was a good football team we played. What can you say after you get the devil kicked out of you?"[2]

That victory was followed by a 7-14 loss at Mississippi State, a team that would finish the season with a 9-2 record.[1] The following week, Kentucky defeated LSU 21-7.[1] A 7-31 loss to Georgia was next, followed by a 14-24 loss at Maryland.[1]

Kentucky went undefeated in November, defeating Vanderbilt 14-0 and Florida 28-9, and beating Tennessee 7-0 in Knoxville.[1]

Kentucky finished the season in the 1976 Peach Bowl against 9-2 North Carolina,[1] ranked #18.[3] Kentucky outgained North Carolina 334 yards to 109; the Wildcat defense held the Tar Heels to a total of five first downs and the Wildcats forced five turnovers.[4] Kentucky won 21-0 and ended the season ranked #19 in the AP poll.[1][3][4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 11Oregon State*W 38–13
September 18at No. 13 Kansas*L 16–37
September 25West Virginia*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 14–10
October 2No. 20 Penn State*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 22–6
October 9at Mississippi StateL 7–14
October 16No. 16 LSU
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 21–7
October 23No. 10 Georgia
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 7–31
October 30at No. 5 Maryland*L 14–24
November 6at Vanderbilt
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 14–0
November 13No. 15 Florida
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 28–9
November 20at TennesseeW 7–0
December 31vs. No. 19 North CarolinaW 21–0
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Team players in the 1977 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Warren BryantTackle1 6 Atlanta Falcons
Randy Burke Wide Receiver1 26 Baltimore Colts

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ReferencesEdit

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