SEC Digital Network
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky hosted in-state rival Louisville on Saturday afternoon in the annual Governor’s Cup, and the No. 7 Cardinals came out on top for the third consecutive year with a 27-13 triumph over the Wildcats.
The Cats (1-2) came out with energy in the first half, causing problems defensively for Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The early Heisman candidate only managed to lead the Cardinals to 10 points in the opening half, three of which were the product of a turnover by Kentucky.
The Cards held a seven-point advantage at the half, and the Wildcats were hanging tough with a top-10 opponent in Commonwealth Stadium.
Bridgewater and the Cardinals responded in the third, marching 83 yards on nine plays on their opening possession of the second half, capping it with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Senorise Perry. The Cardinals scored on their first three drives of the second half to extend their lead to 17 points and put the Cats behind the 8-ball.
Kentucky battled back with a 71-yard scoring drive in the fourth that ended on a 30-yard field goal from Joe Monsour, which they followed up with another 75-yard scoring drive punctuated by a Jalen Whitlow touchdown pass to Alexander Montgomery. It would be too little, too late for the Wildcats, however, as Louisville hung on for the two-score win.
Whitlow threw for 105 yards and a score in relief of the injured Maxwell Smith, while Bridgewater ended the afternoon with 250 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Passing – Jalen Whitlow, 8-for-17, 105 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Jojo Kemp, 5 car, 80 yards
Receiving – Ryan Timmons, 3 rec, 72 yards
Passing – Teddy Bridgewater, 16-for-28, 250 yards, TD
Rushing – Senorise Perry, 11 car, 100 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Damian Copeland, 3, rec, 81 yards
• Kentucky still owns the all-time series with Louisville, standing at 14-12 all-time against the Cards.
• The Wildcats are now 8-8 in the series when the game takes place in Lexington.
• The first game of the series was played in 1912, and the rivalry took a 70-year hiatus after 1924. The series picked up again in 1994 as the Governor’s Cup, and the teams have played annually since.
• Kentucky is now 2-4 when facing a ranked Louisville team.