By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No. 25 Louisville rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns en route to beating intrastate rival Kentucky, 32-14 on Sunday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
After Kentucky punted on the opening possession of the game, Louisville assembled a 15-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a one-yard rushing touchdown by Jeremy Wright. And when Will Stein connected with Marcus Smith on a two-point conversion, the Cardinals led 8-0.
Kentucky was able to answer Louisville with a long, sustained drive of its own. The Wildcats marched 75 yards in 14 plays, and when Maxwell Smith hit Tyler Robinson with a one-yard scoring pass, Kentucky pulled within 8-7.
From there, it was the Louisville ground attack that did the damage. Wright rushed 22 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns, while his backfield running mate, Senorise Perry, carried 16 times for 108 yards and a score.
Kentucky gained most of its yardage through the air. Smith was 35-of-50 passing for 280 yards and two scores. CoShik Williams rushed 10 times for 62 yards for the 'Cats.
Louisville won for the second straight time against Kentucky, and the Cardinals now lead the series 11-8 since it was resumed in 1994. Kentucky leads the overall series, 14-11.
Passing - Maxwell Smith, 35-50, 280 yards, 2 TD
Rushing - CoShik Williams, 10 rushes, 62 yards
Receiving - LaRod King, 8 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD
Passing - Teddy Bridgewater, 19-21, 232 yards
Rushing - Senorise Perry, 16 carries, 108 yards, 1 TD
Receiving - DeVante Parker, 3 receptions, 57 yards