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WKYT to rebroadcast classic UK football, basketball games on new show

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Who could forget Steve Johnson's game-winning catch against Louisville in 2007? What about Braxton Kelley's stuff on fourth-and-2 that very same year against No. 1 LSU? Will watching Tayshaun Prince's 3-point barrage against North Carolina in 2002 every get old?

Thanks to WKYT's new show, "Big Blue Encore," fans will have a chance to relive some of those classic football and basketball moments and games. Through an agreement with XOS Digital, the Southeastern Conference and WKYT, the Lexington CBS television affiliate and flagship station of the Big Blue Sports Network will begin rebroadcasting games Saturday.

Starting Saturday at 3 p.m., WKYT will re-air the 1998 UK-LSU football game in Baton Rouge, La. The instant classic featured Quentin McCord's 38-yard reverse that set up Seth Hanson's game-winning field goal.

On Sunday at noon, WKYT will replay the 2007 UK-Louisville football game at Commonwealth Stadium. That one, of course, included Johnson's aforementioned 40-yard catch from Andre' Woodson in the closing seconds, giving Kentucky its first win over a top-10 opponent in 30 years.

"Big Blue Encore" will run regularly during the football and basketball seasons, said Steve Moss, WKYT's executive sports producer and videographer. Once the seasons begins, the broadcasts will air on either WKYT or its sister station, CWKYT.

Moss said they've already picked 11 games from a master library that includes games dating back to 1956. The replays will feature the original broadcasts, meaning Sunday's showing of the UK-U of L game will be from the 2007 ESPN Classic broadcast.

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