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1984 Kentucky Wildcats football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 19
1984 record9–3 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachJerry Claiborne (3rd season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Base defenseWide-Tackle Six
Home stadiumCommonwealth Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/7 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
#15/16 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14/14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
#19/19 Kentucky 3 3 0     9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion

The 1984 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Wildcats scored 293 points while allowing 221 points.[1] Kentucky won the 1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl.

SeasonEdit

Kentucky opened with a 42–0 win over Kent State, followed by a 48–14 win at Indiana. A 30–26 win at Tulane was followed by a 27–14 win over Rutgers, which put Kentucky into the AP poll at #19. The Wildcats then won their conference opener at Mississippi State, 17–13, to improve to 5–0 for the first time since 1950. Kentucky was then ranked #16 in the AP poll.[2][3][4]

Kentucky then dropped two conference games against ranked opponents, to #10 LSU 36–10 and to #13 Georgia 37–7. The Wildcats clinched a winning season with a 31–7 win against North Texas and then defeated Vanderbilt 27–18. A 25–17 loss to #5 Florida followed. Kentucky then closed out the regular season with a 17–12 victory at Tennessee.[5][6][7]

Kentucky closed its season with a 20–19 victory over #19 Wisconsin in the 1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl. As a result, Kentucky finished the season ranked #19 in the final AP poll, with a record of 9–3.[8][9][10]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 8Kent State*W 42–056,402
September 15at Indiana*W 48–1444,389
September 22at Tulane*W 30–2616,505
October 6Rutgers*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 27–1458,010
October 13Mississippi StateNo. 19W 17–1330,395
October 20No. 10 LSUNo. 16
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 10–3657,252
October 27No. 13 Georgia
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 7–3756,032
November 3North Texas*
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 31–754,328
November 10Vanderbilt
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
W 27–1853,112
November 17No. 5 Florida
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Lexington, KY
L 17–2552,823
November 24at TennesseeW 17–1293,791
December 29vs. No. 19 Wisconsin*W 20–1947,300
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[11][12]

Team players in the 1985 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
George AdamsRunning back 1 19 New York Giants
Cam JacobsLinebacker 5 136 Pittsburgh Steelers
Oliver WhiteTight end 10 268 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jeff SmithDefensive tackle 11 291 San Diego Chargers

[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1984 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. "1984 Kentucky Wildcats scores". 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.
  3. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.209
  4. "Kentucky in the AP poll, 1984, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJByv1e7?url=http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/teams/by_season.cfm?teamid=58&seasonid=1984. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  5. "1984 Kentucky Wildcats scores". 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.
  6. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  7. "Kentucky in the AP poll, 1984, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJByv1e7?url=http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/teams/by_season.cfm?teamid=58&seasonid=1984. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  8. "1984 Kentucky Wildcats scores". 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.
  9. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168, 209
  10. "Kentucky in the AP poll, 1984, AP Poll Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. https://www.webcitation.org/5kJByv1e7?url=http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/teams/by_season.cfm?teamid=58&seasonid=1984. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  11. "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.
  12. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.168
  13. "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.
  14. 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p.166
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