Remember the sports headlines from that year? If not, let me refresh your memory and enlighten those that have no recollection of it whatsoever because they weren’t even born yet.
The year was 1986. The NCAA college football national champ was Penn State, the Mets won the world series, Boston Celtics were the NBA champs, and Becker and Navratilova took Wimbledon by storm.
Ronald Reagan was president and Top Gun was #1 at the box office. It was also the LAST YEAR that University of Kentucky Wildcats DEFEATED the University of Florida Gators. On November 15, 1986 UK walked off the field a victor, 10-3. The overall record between the two SEC East teams is 48-17 with the Gators leading in the Win column. They’ve beat the cats every season since 1987; the longest current winning streak in an annual match-up in college football.
Tonight the Cats are out to break that record on their home field with QB Patrick Towles orchestrating the offense. The 6’5, 240 pounds junior has a rocket arm and is quick on his feet. Kentucky will be led on the field by Coach Mark Stoops, one of four successful college football Stoops brothers.
Will they break the streak tonight? I guess we will know soon enough.