When it visits Columbia to face No. 18 South Carolina on Saturday, Kentucky will be hoping to party like it's 1999.
It is an interesting historical facet of the Kentucky-South Carolina football series that, after the Gamecocks joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992, UK won three of the first four meetings between the schools in Williams-Brice Stadium.
Since then, the Wildcats are oh-for-the-21st century (0-5) in Columbia.
This season, the Cats have a struggling offense (No. 118 out of 120 FBS teams in total offense), a losing record (2-3) and a restive fan base as they travel to face South Carolina.
It is a scenario the 1993 Cats would have recognized.
That season, Bill Curry's team went to Columbia as owners of a 1-2 record and off a listless offensive performance in a 24-8 loss to Indiana.
After that ugly defeat to the Hoosiers, then-Kentucky running back Randy Wyatt guaranteed a UK victory at South Carolina. With the Cats trailing 17-7 in the fourth period against the Gamecocks, Wyatt walked his talk.
He took an option pitch around right end and blazed 64 yards into the end zone. The play turned the momentum of the game 180 degrees and Kentucky rallied to win, 21-17. It launched the Cats to a Peach Bowl bid.
"The highlight of my college career," said Wyatt, now the head football coach at Paducah Tilghman High School. "Just making a bold statement like I did, and then backing it up."
The 2011 Cats could use an equally dramatic turnabout.
A week ago in a 35-7 loss at No. 1 Louisiana State, the UK defense gave a spirited account of itself but the Kentucky offense was putrid.
Job one for UK in Columbia is to get its offense going.
Benching starting quarterback Morgan Newton for freshman backup Maxwell Smith during the Florida and LSU games did not produce significant improvement. Talk this week of finding an offensive boost by pulling the redshirt off true freshman QB Bookie Cobbins had cooled by Thursday.
"Execution," says Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders. "That's one thing we can control, is how we execute. For whatever reason, we haven't necessarily executed to the level we need to be."
South Carolina will presumably be looking for revenge after UK beat the Gamecocks 31-28 last season in Lexington. In running back Marcus Lattimore and wideout Alshon Jeffery, Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks boast two of the most gifted playmakers in the country.
Yet after hanging 56 points on East Carolina and 45 on Georgia, South Carolina has been sputtering offensively, too. Things reached their nadir last Saturday when the Gamecocks scored only 13 points in a home loss to Auburn.
As a result, Spurrier has benched turnover-plagued Stephen Garcia at quarterback and will start sophomore Connor Shaw against Kentucky.
UK, meanwhile, will be looking to turn Saturday into its own version of I Love The '90s.
"Right now, I know they are struggling," Wyatt said of the current Cats. "Everyone is kind of making negative statements and stuff like that. Well, all (the UK players have) is each other, and they need to embrace it. That's what we did in 1993."