If Kentucky finds a way to turn around its football futility from the past few seasons, players and coaches likely will point to Aug. 22 as a key date.
It wasn't the date of a huge upset at Commonwealth Stadium or the Cats' first road win in dozens of tries.
It was an unscheduled, impromptu practice that followed a shoddy scrimmage that followed a poor practice the day before.
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Coach Mark Stoops called the players back to the field for a full practice.
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"Not up to our standards this morning so we are go to start over tonight," Stoops tweeted with a picture of players warming up on their practice field with the sun partially setting in the background.
There are limited lights on the grass practice fields and Commonwealth Stadium had a new freshmen event going on. So UK practiced mostly in the dark on the Tim Couch Practice Fields on Saturday night.
All that was missing was the words "The End" in fancy script as the credits rolled. Quarterback Drew Barker said it was like something out of a scene of a movie.
"He brought us back out here, something like out of 'Remember the Titans,'" quarterback Drew Barker said on Sunday. "It was awesome. It was just a great practice and it was great team bonding and team building last night, just coming out here and grinding through another practice.
The atmosphere at Kentucky football's practice felt different.
"Every time a big play would happen, the whole offensive side would run out and start jumping up and down, the whole defensive side," Barker said. "It was really just the atmosphere. It was just really fun. It was probably the most fun I've ever had on a football field, really."
He wasn't alone.
After the late-night workout, several UK players and coaches took to social media to discuss the shared blue-hued silver screen experience.
Landon Foster said: "I may be a punter, but I was ready to hit somebody tonight."
Players at almost every position chimed in, feeling better about the direction of Kentucky football than they did that morning when Stoops could only find it in him to offer praise for the kickers after the scrimmage.
"We got better tonight," offensive lineman Ramsey Meyers tweeted. "I love my team."
Patrick Towles tweeted that it was the "most fun I've ever had at a football practice in my life." And then added "Love y'all!"
It's hard to imagine what would make a practice fun for a group of players who already had spent the day running and hitting in the heat.
While taking a break from working with Special Olympics Kentucky athletes on Sunday on the same practice fields, Stoops theorized it was the chance at redemption.
He saw attitude and effort change on Saturday night.
"It was great to see our players respond and come out and play with great energy, great passion, and just play physical and toughness and just have some fun," Stoops said.
What he saw when he reviewed the scrimmage earlier was not blockbuster hit material.
"After watching the tape, I was unsettled," the head coach said. "It wasn't good enough to just stop that day and not do anything about it."
So he told the players at a 6 p.m. team meeting that they would go again.
It was exactly what the team needed, Barker said.
"We took a couple steps back the last couple days, but last night, I really thought we gained all those steps back and then some."