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1977 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 6
1977 record10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coachFran Curci (5th season)
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Alabama 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6/NR Kentucky 6 0 0     10 1 0
LSU 4 2 0     8 4 0
Auburn 4 2 0     5 6 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 6 0
Tennessee 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
  • Kentucky ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation. Mississippi State later forfeited all 1977 wins due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1977 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The Wildcats scored 252 points while allowing 111 points. The Wildcats finished conference play undefeated but due to NCAA probation were not eligible for a share of the SEC championship or for postseason play.[1] The Wildcats finished the season ranked #6 in the final AP Poll.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

In the Border Battle, Kentucky beat Tennessee by a score of 21–17. Entering that game, Kentucky had seven injured starters unable to play, including quarterback Derrick Ramsey, whose arm was injured so badly he could not throw the football. Tennessee jumped out to a 17–14 lead when backup quarterback Mike Deaton completed a 36-yard pass to Felix Wilson; the injured Ramsey then entered the game and led Kentucky to a touchdown. Tennessee's offense then took the ball to Kentucky's 22-yard line but Tennessee quarterback Jimmy Streater fumbled due to a hit by Kentucky All-American defensive end Art Still, and linebacker Kelly Kirchbaum recovered the ball to preserve the win.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 10North Carolina*W 10–7
September 17at Baylor*L 6–2130,000
September 24West Virginia*No. 17
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 28–13
October 1at No. 4 Penn State*No. 16W 24–2062,196
October 8Mississippi StateNo. 12
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 23–7
October 15at No. 16 LSUNo. 8W 33–13
October 22at GeorgiaNo. 7W 33–059,100
October 29Virginia Tech*No. 7
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 32–0
November 5at VanderbiltdaggerNo. 7W 28–626,572
November 12at FloridaNo. 7W 14–750,243
November 19TennesseeNo. 7
W 21–1757,914
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[4][5]

RosterEdit

  • PK Joe Bryant
  • QB Mike Deaton
  • QB Derrick Ramsey
  • DE Art Still
  • Dave Trosper (offense)
  • Freddie Williams (offense)
  • Felix Wilson (offense)

Game summariesEdit

Penn StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Kentucky 7 7 10 0 24
Penn St 10 10 0 0 20

GeorgiaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Kentucky 0 10 10 13 33
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0

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[6]


Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Art Still Defensive End1 2 Kansas City Chiefs
Derrick Ramsey Quarterback5 136 Oakland Raiders
Mike Martin Tackle9 244 Chicago Bears
Will Grant Center10 255 Buffalo Bills
Dallas Owens Defensive Back10 275 Baltimore Colts
Jerry Blanton Linebacker11 282 Buffalo Bills
[7]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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