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The last time: Herald-Leader coverage from Kentucky's 1986 win over Florida

The University of Kentucky's Carwell Gardner sacked Florida's Kerwin Bell during UK's 10-3 victory over the University of Florida on Nov. 15, 1986, at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
The University of Kentucky's Carwell Gardner sacked Florida's Kerwin Bell during UK's 10-3 victory over the University of Florida on Nov. 15, 1986, at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky last defeated Florida on Nov. 15, 1986. The Wildcats have lost 26 consecutive games to the Gators since then. As the Cats prepare to host Florida on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, see what it felt like the last time UK pulled off a victory in the series by reading the Herald-Leader's coverage from the following day.

Jerry Tipton's game story detailed how Kentucky dominated time of possession -- owning the ball for 41 minutes and two seconds -- on its way to stopping a six-game losing streak to the Gators. The Wildcats made several big plays in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

John McGill's column from the 1986 game spoke of Kentucky finally breaking from its tradition of losing heart-breaking games in hard-to-fathom ways. The victory helped the Cats avoid a losing season and go on to finish with a 5-5-1 record.

In addition to these blasts from the past, you can access Herald-Leader coverage from all UK football and UK basketball games dating to 1983.

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