A Look Back at the Border Bowl

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

The 2nd Annual Border Bowl between Kentucky and Tennessee took place this past weekend, and despite the cold it was a good day.

Despite some seriously cold weather, the Border Bowl was successful for the second straight season.  The weather played a factor in the how the game was played, but other than that everything went about as well as planned.

The Game

It was a close game that wasn't decided until the final minutes of the 4th quarter.  The passing numbers were down (due in large part to the dropped passes caused by the cold weather and slick field).  But several big plays did highlight the game, including a TD catch by Middlesboro's Hunter Adams and a punt return for a touchdown by the Kentucky side right before the end of the first half.  Your final score was Kentucky 26-20.

The Scouts

There were quite a few college coaches who came out to see what the kids could do.  And several players had strong performances.  This game was very successful in this regard last year with 13 kids who played in the game getting scholarship offers that were not on the table before.  We'll have to see what this years game brings.

The Crowd

Despite sub-freezing temperatures and the game being broadcast live, roughly 4,000 people showed up.  5500 people showed up for the first game.  These are strong numbers for the first two years of any event.

The Week

This is an event, not a game.  The players and coaches also attend a banquet on Friday night.  As a whole, it seems to be a great experience and we are excited about the event heading into the future.

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