While some fans were playing "Charlie Brown and Lucy Football," Coach Brooks was winning perhaps, the most crucial and important football game in the history of the school.
Yeah, I know about the Ole Miss win when they were #1. I'm aware of the National Championship year in which, UK defeated an undefeated Oklahoma. We even witnessed the two wins over Penn State when it was a perennial national powerhouse. Then there was the win over Alabama, the first in seventy-five years.
This win over Georgia was an event that pumped life back in the UK football program and the fanbase. Take the Georgia win away and hypothetically UK subsequently beats Vanderbilt University, and even though that would get them in an excellent position to become bowl eligible, it would be a ho-hum win regardless of the progress it would show the program is making.
Sure everybody recognizes Georgia wasn't the Georgia we are accustomed to seeing. They don't have the playmakers on the offensive side of the ball they generally have and are playing with a freshman quarterback. Every power team, once in a great while, gets caught in a down year but the nucleus is still there and they are still Georgia the defending SEC Champion. They still possessed the third best total defense in the league. Coach Brooks said there couldn't have been a better way of scripting the win than the way it was won.
The UK program was in need of something good happening to it. And the timing was perfect given what's happening at the University of Louisville. UK's recruiting in the state was on the verge of taking a big hit because of the success of the U of L program. Let's call it like it is! Sure, they recently rescinded the offer of a scholarship to Rockcastle County's Brad Durham but when they start infiltrating the state up I-75 south, the red flags start to rise.
"Hopefully we can look back in a year or so and say this was the game that turned the program around and gave us a jumpstart," said coach Joker Phillips. "It won't mean much if we don't finish up strong these last three games."
We asked the coach if he takes a game like Georgia as exhibit "A" for recruiting purposes. "We are recruiting a lot of kids in the state of Georgia. When we are not battling Georgia and they should come in on some of them, hopefully we'll be able to hold them off. The game wasn't televised but it was replayed down in the state Georgia."
Phillips said he wished they had a lot more recruits in for the game that could've experience the atmosphere after the game. He said they only had one official visitor in for the game. The Wildcats have only 17 scholarships to give for the 2007 class.
That win put UK in a position to finish up 7-5 instead of 6-6, which looks a lot better nationally and to the fans. Brooks gave a lot of reasons, in terms of the young players that had an impact in the Georgia win, for this being the most important win for the UK program. He said the program is being built solidly and not with smoking mirrors. Recruiting is the life-blood of a program and perhaps now the UK coaching can go out and capture the world.
Georgia win was big for Brooks and the Cats
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