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The first UK-EKU football game, 1998

Posted on September 9, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Kentucky wide receiver Craig Yeast celebrated after catching a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Couch on Sept. 12, 1998, during the Wildcats’ 52-7 throttling of visiting Eastern Kentucky. It was schools’ first-ever meeting. With that score, Yeast tied a 45-year-old UK record for career touchdown catches. His 17th career TD grab put the Wildcats up 35-0 with 2:27 left in the first half. Steve Meilinger had 17 career touchdown catches from 1951-53. Yeast holds career UK receiving records for receptions (208), yards (2,899) and touchdowns (28). Two games later, Yeast and Couch would hook up for the longest play from scrimmage in UK history, a 97-yard touchdown pass. The 1998 UK team would finish 7-5, including a trip to the Outback Bowl. EKU, which was ranked No. 9 in Division I-AA, finished 6-5. The 2017 game will be the fifth meeting between the two schools, with UK winning each contest. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch celebrated after tossing a record-tying TD pass to Craig Yeast on Sept. 12, 1998, against Eastern Kentucky. In that win, and the season-opening 68-34 thrashing of Louisville a week earlier, Couch completed 61 of 80 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the victory over the Colonels, Couch, a junior, threw for five touchdowns, tying Babe Parilli’s UK record of 50 career TD passes. He finished his UK career with 74 scoring throws but has since been passed by Jared Lorenzen (78) and Andre Woodson (79). Click here to see other images from our archives of Couch. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

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