Kentucky's last victory over Gators etched in longtime sports analyst Larry Vettel's memory
Where were you in 1986?
Too far back to remember?
Not for Larry Vettel, afternoon show host on ESPN-850 (WRUF) and longtime Sun Sports/Fox Sports Florida play-by-play analyst.
That was the last time Kentucky defeated the Florida Gators in football and Vettel remembers that game very well.
He was there.
"In 1986 Florida went up to Lexington and they had just beaten Auburn and Georgia back-to-back," Vettel remembered. "It was a weird year because they got off to such a bad start, and then they go off to Lexington. On Friday, it was beautiful - it was like 59 degrees and it was gorgeous. And then they get up in the morning, it was cold and rainy. Now I'm the sideline guy for the radio broadcast and I radioed up to the booth and said 'Guys, they're in trouble.' These guys are moaning and groaning about the weather the whole time during warmups, and then they played like it. They lost a 10-3 ballgame that I'm sure was scintilating television."
Vettel said he could just sense that the Gators players weren't going to have it that day.
"I knew it was going to be a tough day," he said. "They weren't good enough to put a lot of people away, anyhow. And then you just looked at it and thought, 'Wow, mentally?' When you can tell a team mentally is thinking about the wrong stuff - griping about the wrong stuff - that may not feel well. It was a 10-3 game and they had a chance. Kerwin (Bell) hit a guy name Daryl Woulard with a crossing route and he was run down from behind. That touchdown would have tied it and maybe it would have been 10-10. But it was a weird day in a weird season. Because that team beat Florida State, Georgia and Auburn and finished 6-5. How do you do that?"