Thank goodness for Sewanee.
When it comes to SEC football losing streaks, the University of the South wrote the record book. In fact, the Tennessee school never had a winning streak during its conference membership from 1933 to 1940. It played 37 league football games. It rolled 37 gutter balls.
So there is that to consider when Kentucky drags its 17-game SEC losing skid into Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday's noon game with Vanderbilt, a team familiar with the subject matter.
There is also this: Should the Cats lose Saturday, they would set the school record for conference futility.
The 36-30 overtime loss at Florida on Sept. 13 drew the running total even with the 1969-1971 Cats, who dropped 17 straight league matchups from Oct. 4, 1969 through Oct. 23, 1971.
That's not the only similarity between the streaks, each of which began after memorable wins.
In 1969, John Ray's first victory as UK coach came in his first SEC game when the Cats upset Archie Manning and Ole Miss 10-9 at old Stoll Field. A 44-3 loss to Auburn started a slide that finally stopped with a 14-7 win at Vandy on Nov. 6, 1971.
In the final game of 2011, Joker Phillips moved Matt Roark from wide receiver to quarterback and Kentucky snapped a quarter-century losing streak to Tennessee with an improbable 10-7 victory at Commonwealth Stadium. A 38-0 loss to Florida in 2012 started the slide that has yet to stop.
Not counting Sewanee, only three SEC teams have lost 20 or more consecutive conference games, starting with Mississippi State which dropped 21 straight from 1965 until the Bulldogs tied Ole Miss 17-17 in the final game of the 1968 season.
Vanderbilt lost 22 straight league games from 1995 until the Commodores beat South Carolina 17-14 on Oct. 24, 1998.
(That South Carolina loss was part of the Gamecocks' 18-game conference losing streak, which began in 1997 and continued until Lou Holtz and company beat Georgia 21-10 in Columbia on Sept. 9, 2000.)
Vanderbilt then lost 23 straight conference games from 2000 until Bobby Johnson and the Commodores beat Kentucky 28-17 on Nov. 15, 2003, a failure Rich Brooks would love to forget.
"The way we played in this game makes me sick to my stomach," the Kentucky coach said afterward.
A young Commodores gunslinger named Jay Cutler completed 14 of 17 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns. UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen completed just 15 of 35 passes and was sacked four times.
When news circulated through the Vandy campus that the home team led 28-10 in the fourth quarter, students filled the stadium stands, tore down the goal posts at game's end and derived a way to squeeze the uprights through the stadium exit. Hey, it's Vanderbilt.
Now, it's Kentucky, which a few times over this 17-game empty stretch has come close to finally kicking in the door.
Under Phillips in 2012, Kentucky led Georgia 17-16 early in the third quarter before losing 29-24. Last season, Mark Stoops' first, the Cats trimmed a 21-0 South Carolina deficit to 27-21 with 11:50 left before losing 35-28. UK trailed Mississippi State 21-19 with 4:19 left in the third quarter before falling 28-22.
And, of course, last time out, Stoops' troops led Florida 17-13 in the third quarter and 27-20 in the first overtime at The Swamp only to come up a little short.
Could this be the week Stoops gets a Gatorade bath?
"We'd sure like to get (an SEC win), that's for sure," the coach said Monday. "As I said after the (Florida) game, I was proud of the effort. I felt like if we keep on giving ourselves chances like that to win, then we'll get some wins."
If not Saturday, one will come. In the meantime, thank goodness for Sewanee.