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Ex-UK Great Gigs UT Buddy Over Win; Joker A Streak-Buster For Cats

In the 1970s and 80s, Joe Federspiel and Bobby Scott were teammates with the New Orleans Saints.  Before that they became legends in their college days — Federspiel as a linebacker at Kentucky and Scott as a quarterback at Tennessee.

Saturday, just seconds after the Wildcats’ streak-snapping victory over the Volunteers, Scott received a good-natured — and pretty funny — text from his old teammate, Federspiel:


“Nobody comes into (our) house and beats us 27 times.”


It was that kind of day in the Bluegrass State.  The joy of finally ending the nation’s longest losing streak between annual opponents mixed with the bewilderment that UK had somehow managed to lose 26 in a row against UT in the first place.

But there’s still another streak that’s yet to be snapped by Kentucky.  With a defeat this season, the Wildcats dropped their 25th game in a row to Florida. 

Never fear, Cat fans, Joker is here.

Joker Phillips — the subject of job security rumors last week — is a Big Blue streak-stopper if nothing else.  Last season, his first squad beat Steve Spurrier… a coach UK had never beaten at Florida or at South Carolina.  Last weekend, he vanquished the Vols.  Might the Gators be next?  Having lost 11 games over the last two seasons — with a bowl game yet to play — Florida isn’t as imposing as it once was. 

Until Kentucky travels to Gainesville next fall, Cat fans and alums (like Federspiel) can at least enjoy the fact that — as UK broadcaster Tom Leach put it Saturday — “Ding, Dong, The Streak (against UT) is Dead.”

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