"Crocodile Dundee" was dominating the box office the last time Kentucky beat Florida in football. Boston's "Amanda" was the No. 1 song in America, Mike Tyson was a week away from his first world boxing title and a gallon of gas cost 93 cents.
Following Kentucky's fourth-quarter meltdown vs. Florida on Saturday, the Wildcats have now lost 31-straight games to the Gators, the fourth-longest losing streak to one opponent in FBS history. They haven't beat Florida since Nov. 15, 1986.
"As you can imagine, very heartbreaking loss for us and our team," said Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops after the game, clearly shaken by the game's final minutes."I love our team’s commitment and work ethic and desire. They played unbelievably hard tonight — and played winning football. And I really appreciate them and the way they put themselves in a position all week to win the football game."
And Kentucky has been in a position to beat Florida several times since 1986. Seven of the 31 losses were decided by one score. But the reality remains that the Wildcats, once again, couldn't put the pieces together for a season-defining victory and now people, including an archaeologist, are left looking back at 1986 to wonder what's gone wrong in the last 31 years.