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The Kentucky at Mississippi State football game on Oct. 24, 2013 will be a Thursday night game. Set for 7:30 kick on ESPN.
This will mark UK’s seventh appearance on a Thursday night game on an ESPN affiliate, all of which have come away from home.
On Sept. 23, 1993, Kentucky scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to notch a come-from-behind 21-17 win at South Carolina. Randy Wyatt scored on a 64-yard run with 11:47 to play and Michael Woodfork put the Wildcats ahead with a one-yard plunge with 4:55 left. The Wildcat defense stopped USC’s final two possessions on a fumble recovery and an interception in the end zone. The win was viewed as a turning point of the season as the Wildcats eventually advanced to the 1993 Peach Bowl.
On Sept. 29, 1994, Auburn took control early in defeating the Wildcats, 44-14, at Auburn.
On Nov. 4, 1999, Mississippi State kicker Scott Westerfield nailed a 45-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 23-22 win in Starkville. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats, who were one win away from bowl eligibility and also missed a chance to upset the undefeated Bulldogs. UK bounced back, however, with a win at Vanderbilt that sent the Cats to the Music City Bowl.
On Oct. 9, 2003, Kentucky trailed 27-7 in the fourth quarter at South Carolina. Shane Boyd, subbing for the injured Jared Lorenzen, led two touchdown drives to pull within 27-21. The Cats got the ball back late in the game but South Carolina held on for the win.
On Oct. 4, 2007, in a matchup of top-20 teams, host South Carolina bested Kentucky, 38-23, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. UK recovered in its next game and dispatched No. 1-ranked LSU.
On Sept. 1, 2011, Kentucky opened the season with a 14-3 win against WKU at Nashville’s LP Field. The Wildcat defense allowed only a field goal, while Josh Clemens ran for a 14-yard touchdown and Morgan Newton threw a 31-yard TD pass to La’Rod King.
This post was edited by Matt May 13 months ago
I like the added exposure a nationally televised Thursday night game gives us. And the normal concerns over a short week are removed since we are coming off a bye week.
First, thanks Matt for the information....good stuff.
msdcatfan, thanks for pointing out that we are coming off a bye week....that's a great point and if Miss St is not, then that could give us just enough of an extra edge to take one from them on the road.
State is too.
I like the thursday night games..we will be the only game on and will be a nationwide audience. Our byes are set up perfectly this year..just before SEC play and right after that brutal stretch of Fla, Sc,and Bama. Gives this staff 2 extra weeks of in-season practice to get these talented frosh up to speed, while giving the obvious advantage of extra prep for Gators and Miss ST. Im thinking Stoops will be a tough out following a bye week, with extra film and practice on how to better defend the opponets offense.
I was coming on here to post the same thing. Generally speaking, I loather bye weeks (especially two in one season), but if you have to have one, coming off a three-week stretch of Florida-South Carolina-Alabama is as good a time to have one as any.
I read somewhere that ESPN ratings on Thursday nights fell quite a bit last year when the NFL started having games every Thursday, but it still could give some good exposure, more than usual, anyway
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