Kentucky has had eight seasons since
2010 1970 in which the Cats won two or fewer football games.
1970: John Ray’s second team went 2-9 overall and 0-7 in the SEC. UK beat Lynn Dickey and Kansas State 16-3, but then lost eight of its next nine games. Only win was 27-2 over North Carolina State.
1975: Fran Curci’s third team went 2-8-1 overall and 0-6 in the SEC. It beat Virginia Tech 27-8 in the opener, tied Jerry Claiborne’s Maryland team 10-10 and beat Tulane 23-10. It did have a sophomore quarterback named Derrick Ramsey who led UK to a Peach Bowl berth the next season and a 10-1 mark in 1977.
1982: Jerry Claiborne’s first Kentucky team went 0-10-1 overall and 0-6 in the conference. The Cats tied Kansas 13-13 and played competitive defense all season. But the offense wasn’t good enough to get Claiborne his first win. That came in 1983 when UK went 6-6 and reached the old Hall of Fame Bowl.
1994: Bill Curry’s fifth team opened with a 20-14 win over Louisville in the renewal of the rivalry after a long absence. The Cats lost 73-7 at Florida the next week, which started a 10-game slide. Curry improved to 4-7 in 1995, but was fired halfway through the 1996 season.
2000: Hal Mumme’s final team went 2-9 overall and 0-8 in the league. The Cats beat Indiana 41-34 to go 2-1 then lost their next eight games. A recruiting scandal landed the Cats on probation and Mumme was fired.
2001: Guy Morris’ first UK team went 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the league. The Cats beat Ball State 28-20 and Vanderbilt 56-30. It played several teams close, losing 29-25 to LSU, 17-14 to Mississippi State and 38-35 to Tennessee. The Cats improved to 7-5 the next year.
2004: Rich Brooks’ second team went 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the SEC. After a 51-32 win over Indiana, the Cats lost seven in a row before beating Vanderbilt 14-13. It did play Tennessee tough, losing 37-31 in season finale.
2012: Joker Phillips’ third and final team went 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the conference. After a win over a now-ranked Kent State, Kentucky lost eighth straight and Phillips was fired after the eighth, a 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt.