Saving Stories: UK great Jim Howe on playing for legendary coach Bear Bryant

Oct 15, 2021

For the first time since 1950, when the Wildcats were coached by the legendary Bear Bryant, the Kentucky football team is off to a 6-0 start. In today’s edition of WUKY’s award winning history program Saving Stories, Doug Boyd with the UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History highlights a 2019 interview with UK great, Jim Howe, one of the Bear’s talented players from that era. In fact, he has the distinction of scoring the first touchdown in Kentucky’s first-ever bowl game; a 24-14 victory over Villanova in the Great Lakes Bowl in snowy Cleveland, Ohio on December 6, 1947. Howe talks about playing for the legendary coach, the big victories, the close losses, and the life lessons learned while competing for the Big Blue. 

Jim Howe played for legendary UK coaches Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant. He scored the first touchdown in UK's first-ever bowl appearance, a 24-14 win over Villanova in 1947.
Credit UK Special Collections