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1983 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1983 record6–5–1 (2–4 SEC)
Head coachJerry Claiborne (2nd season)
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Auburn 6 0 0     11 1 0
#5/5 Georgia 5 1 0     10 1 1
#6/6 Florida 4 2 0     9 2 1
Tennessee 4 2 0     9 3 0
#15/12 Alabama 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     6 5 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     3 8 0
LSU 0 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll/Coaches Poll

The 1983 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Wildcats scored 228 points while allowing 237 points.[1]

After a 4–0 start, Kentucky finished the regular season 6–4–1 before playing in the 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl, losing to #18 West Virginia, 20–16. The improvement from 1982's 0–10-–mark was, at the time, an NCAA record for most improvement in wins from one season to the next.

SeasonEdit

Following a 0–10–1 record in Jerry Claiborne's first season in 1982, Kentucky raced out to a 4–0 mark, opening with victories against Central Michigan, Kansas State, Indiana and Tulane. A loss to #7 Auburn was followed by a win at LSU, then a loss at #7 Georgia and a tie with Cincinnati. A win at Vanderbilt was followed by losses at #14 Florida and to Tennessee. The season closed with a 20–16 loss to #18 West Virginia in the 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 3Central Michigan*W 31–2451,232
September 10Kansas State*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 31–1256,123
September 17Indiana*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 24–1356,825
September 24Tulane*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
W 26–1457,424
October 8No. 7 Auburn
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
L 21–4957,989
October 15LSUW 21–1377,765
October 22at No. 7 GeorgiaL 21–4782,122
October 29Cincinnati*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, Kentucky
T 13–1357,789
November 5at VanderbiltW 17–841,000
November 12at No. 14 FloridaL 7–2473,192
November 19Tennessee
L 0–1057,985
December 22No. 18 West VirginiaL 20–1642,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[3][4]

Team players in the 1984 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John GrimsleyLinebacker 6 141 Houston Oilers

[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1983 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. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  3. "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.
  4. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  5. "1984 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.
  6. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166
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