UK-MSU game moved to Thursday
Patrick Towles
Posted Mar 5, 2013

Kentucky's football game against Mississippi State this fall has been moved to a Thursday night kickoff for national television. Read more about it in this KyScout update.

Kentucky's football game against Mississippi State this fall has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 24, the Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday.

The Wildcats and Bulldogs will play in a nationally-televised game on ESPN in Starkville, Miss., with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

It will mark UK's seventh appearance on a Thursday night ESPN affiliate game, all of which have come on the road.

Previous UK Thursday Night Games:

* On Sept. 23, 1993, Kentucky scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to notch a come-from-behind 21-17 win at South Carolina. Randy Wyatt scored on a 64-yard run with 11:47 to play, and Michael Woodfork put the Wildcats ahead with a one-yard plunge with 4:55 left. The Wildcat defense stopped USC’s final two possessions on a fumble recovery and an interception in the end zone. The win was viewed as a turning point of the season as the Wildcats eventually advanced to the 1993 Peach Bowl.

* On Sept. 29, 1994, Auburn took control early in defeating the Wildcats, 44-14, at Auburn.

* On Nov. 4, 1999, Mississippi State kicker Scott Westerfield nailed a 45-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 23-22 win in Starkville. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats, who were one win away from bowl eligibility and also missed a chance to upset the undefeated Bulldogs. UK bounced back, however, with a win at Vanderbilt that sent the Cats to the Music City Bowl.

* On Oct. 9, 2003, Kentucky trailed 27-7 in the fourth quarter at South Carolina. Shane Boyd, subbing for the injured Jared Lorenzen, led two touchdown drives to pull within 27-21. The Cats got the ball back late in the game but South Carolina held on for the win.

* On Oct. 4, 2007, in a matchup of top-20 teams, host South Carolina bested Kentucky, 38-23, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. UK recovered in its next game and dispatched No. 1-ranked LSU.

* On Sept. 1, 2011, Kentucky opened the season with a 14-3 win against WKU at Nashville’s LP Field. The Wildcat defense allowed only a field goal, while Josh Clemens ran for a 14-yard touchdown and Morgan Newton threw a 31-yard TD pass to La’Rod King.

2013 UK Schedule:

Aug. 31 vs. WKU Nashville (LP Field)
Sept. 7 Miami (Ohio) Home
Sept. 14 Louisville Home
Sept. 21 open
Sept. 28 Florida Home
Oct. 5 at South Carolina Columbia
Oct. 12 Alabama Home
Oct. 19 open
Oct. 24 at Mississippi State Starkville
Nov. 2 Alabama State Home
Nov. 9 Missouri Home
Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt Nashville
Nov. 23 at Georgia Athens
Nov. 30 Tennessee Home

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