Over the course of the Florida Gators 26 game winning streak over the Kentucky Wildcats football team, lots of quirky stats pop out at you. Our WBN stat guru, Corey Price, does a great job in breaking down “The Streak” here. And while Florida comes into Lexington as the 20th ranked team and a 13 point favorite over the Wildcats, there is one fact that Kentucky fans cling to.
THE STREAK IS GOING TO END SOMETIME
And as always, UK fans ask “Why not us, why not now”.
And with the enthusiasm of the Mark Stoops era and a packed house at Commonwealth, why not this year? Florida is banged up and is starting a new quarterback. Why not now?
It turns out that this year may be the year that Kentucky snaps the streak. While texting with Corey, we uncovered a little know tidbit about the Florida Gators dominating streak that not a lot of people are talking about.
That is the CURSE OF THREE.
Only two times during the streak has Kentucky actually led the game in the fourth quarter. In 1993 and 2003. And since we are here in 2013, history dictates that this may be the year that Kentucky can break that streak. To be honest, there are a lot of quirks and interesting things about this curse that play into this years game. So let’s take a look at how those two games ended.
1993: FLORIDA GATORS 24 KENTUCKY WILDCATS 20
Kentucky’s defense was on point versus the Gators and had picked off starting QB Terry Dean four times. Kentucky led 17-9 late in the third quarter when redshirt freshman and former WR walk on Danny Wuerffel entered the game. Weurffel had tossed an interception in the first half, but came back into the game for good to direct a 88 yard scoring drive which ended with a 19 yard pass to Chris Doering. Florida converted on a two point conversion and the game was tied at 17 in the fourth quarter.
The next two passes by Weurffel were intercepted (for a total of 7 UK picks in the game) and Juha Leonoff booted a 25 yard FG to give UK the 20-17 lead with 1:23 remaining. And then this happened. Shield your eyes.
Weurffel’s final numbers were hardly impressive. He went 10-22 for 138 yards with 2 TD’s and 3 picks. Spurrier saw enough though, to make him the starter and well, the rest is history.