Mark Story: The modern-day UK-UofL rivalry

mstory@herald-leader.comSeptember 1, 2012 

  • Tennessee at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

    TV: ESPNU

    Records: Kentucky 2-9 (0-7 SEC); Tennessee 4-7 (1-6)

A look back at the modern history of the Kentucky-Louisville football rivalry:

1994

Date: Sept. 3

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Bill Curry

Louisville coach: Howard Schnellenberger

Kentucky starting quarterback: Jeff Speedy

Louisville starting quarterback: Marty Lowe

Favorite: Kentucky by 4

Final score: Kentucky 20, Louisville 14

Attendance: 59,162

Story line: Kentucky found the Key to victory in Game One — linebacker Donte Key set up UK's winning touchdown with a fumble recovery then sealed the win with a late interception of U of L QB Marty Lowe.

Final Kentucky record: 1-10

Final Louisville record: 6-5.

1995

Date: Sept. 2

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Bill Curry

Louisville coach: Ron Cooper

Kentucky starting quarterback: Jeff Speedy

Louisville starting quarterback: Marty Lowe

Favorite: Louisville by 4.

Final score: Louisville 13, Kentucky 10

Attendance: 58,967

Story line: In a tense defensive struggle, Louisville running back Calvin Arrington carried the ball 37 times for 133 yards, including the game-winning 1-yard TD with 1:29 left.

Final Kentucky record: 4-7

Final Louisville record: 7-4

1996

Date: Aug. 31

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Bill Curry

Louisville coach: Ron Cooper

Kentucky starting quarterback: Billy Jack Haskins

Louisville starting quarterback: Jason Payne

Favorite: Kentucky by 11/2

Final score: Louisville 38, Kentucky 14

Attendance: 59,384

Story line: U of L scored two defensive touchdowns and got 10 more points off two blocked punts in a game that also goes down in Kentucky football history as the first college football appearances of a pair of pretty significant QBs: Tim Couch and Chris Redman.

Final Kentucky record: 4-7

Final Louisville record: 5-6

1997

Date: Aug. 30

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Hal Mumme

Louisville coach: Ron Cooper

Kentucky starting quarterback: Tim Couch

Louisville starting quarterback: Chris Redman

Favorite: Louisville by 3

Final score: Kentucky 38, Louisville 24

Attendance: 59,186

Story line: The pass-happy Mumme era debuted with a bang - Couch threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns to earn his first victory as a college QB.

Final Kentucky record: 5-6

Final Louisville record: 1-10

1998

Date: Sept. 5.

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Hal Mumme

Louisville coach: John L. Smith

Kentucky starting quarterback: Tim Couch

Louisville starting quarterback: Chris Redman

Favorite: Kentucky by 11

Final score: Kentucky 68, Louisville 34

Attendance: 42,643

Story line: In the inaugural game for U of L's new football stadium and the first game on the Cardinals' sideline for John L. Smith, Couch spoiled the party by throwing for seven TDs and leading UK to 801 yards of total offense.

Final Kentucky record: 7-5

Final Louisville record: 7-5

1999

Date: Sept. 4

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Hal Mumme

Louisville coach: John L. Smith

Kentucky starting quarterback: Dusty Bonner

Louisville starting quarterback: Chris Redman

Favorite: Louisville by 3

Final score: Louisville 56, Kentucky 28.

Attendance: 70,692

Story line: One year after UK and Tim Couch ruined the opening of Louisville's new stadium, U of L and Redman returned the favor. In the first game in the expanded Commonwealth, the Louisville senior threw for five touchdowns.

Final Kentucky record: 6-6

Final Louisville record: 7-5

2000

Date: Sept. 2

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Hal Mumme

Louisville coach: John L. Smith

Kentucky starting quarterback: Jared Lorenzen

Louisville starting quarterback: Dave Ragone

Favorite: Kentucky by 51/2

Final score: Louisville 40, Kentucky 34 (OT)

Attendance: 42,515

Story line: Talk about your thunder over Louisville, UK had a 19-14 lead when the game was stopped in the third quarter by an electrical storm. After an one hour and 12 minute delay, it resumed. UK had a chip shot of a potential game-winning field goal blocked on the final play of regulation. U of L's Tony Stallings won the game with a 25-yard TD run in the overtime.

Final Kentucky record: 2-9

Final Louisville record: 9-3

2001

Date: Sept. 1

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Guy Morriss

Louisville coach: John L. Smith

Kentucky starting quarterback: Jared Lorenzen

Louisville starting quarterback: Dave Ragone

Favorite: Louisville by 3

Final score: Louisville 36, Kentucky 10

Attendance: 70,838

Story line: The debut of Guy Morriss as UK head coach was a dud, as the Wildcats amassed a paltry 213 yards of offense.

Final Kentucky record: 2-9

Final Louisville record: 11-2

2002

Date: Sept. 1

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Guy Morriss

Louisville coach: John L. Smith

Kentucky starting quarterback: Jared Lorenzen

Louisville starting quarterback: Dave Ragone

Favorite: Louisville by 12

Final score: Kentucky 22, Louisville 17

Attendance: 42,660

Story line: A stout UK defensive front brought the lumber on U of L QB Ragone and led the Cats to an upset of the No. 17 Cards.

Final Kentucky record: 7-5

Final Louisville record: 7-6

2003

Date: Aug. 31

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Bobby Petrino

Kentucky starting quarterback: Jared Lorenzen

Louisville starting quarterback: Stefan LeFors

Favorite: Kentucky by 51/2

Final score: Louisville 40, Kentucky 24

Attendance: 70,467

Story line: In the first game for the coaches of both teams, an error-filled Kentucky effort produced a sour taste in the fan base toward the Rich Brooks coaching regime - one it took the coach 31/2 years to shake off.

Final Kentucky record: 4-8

Final Louisville record: 9-4

2004

Date: Sept. 5

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Bobby Petrino

Kentucky starting quarterback: Shane Boyd

Louisville starting quarterback: Stefan LeFors

Favorite: Louisville by 9

Final score: Louisville 28, Kentucky 0

Attendance: 42,681

Story line: In a drab offensive effort, UK failed to cross mid-field in the entire first half.

Final Kentucky record: 2-9

Final Louisville record: 11-1

2005

Date: Sept. 4

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Bobby Petrino

Kentucky starting quarterback: Andre Woodson

Louisville starting quarterback: Brian Brohm

Favorite: Louisville by 221/2

Final score: Louisville 31, Kentucky 24

Attendance: 70,752

Story line: Down 28-7 at half, underdog UK rallied furiously and was driving for the tying score in the fourth quarter when it fumbled at the U of L 2.

Final Kentucky record: 3-8

Final Louisville record: 9-3

2006

Date: Sept. 3

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Bobby Petrino

Kentucky starting quarterback: Andre Woodson

Louisville starting quarterback: Brian Brohm

Favorite: Louisville by 221/2

Final score: Louisville 59, Kentucky 28

Attendance: 42,597

Story line: In what turned out to be his final college game, Michael Bush gashed a hopeless Kentucky defense for 128 yards and three touchdowns - before suffering a season (and U of L career) ending broken leg on the second play of the third quarter.

Final Kentucky record: 8-5

Final Louisville record: 12-1

2007

Date: Sept. 15

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Steve Kragthorpe

Kentucky starting quarterback: Andre Woodson

Louisville starting quarterback: Brian Brohm

Favorite: Louisville by 51/2

Final score: Kentucky 40, Louisville 34

Attendance: 70,857

Story line: In what most consider the best game ever played in the Governor's Cup series, Andre Woodson hit Steve Johnson with a 57-yard scoring pass with 28 seconds left in the game to give Kentucky its first win in the rivalry since 2002. UK's upset of No. 9 Louisville was its first victory over a top-10 foe since 1977.

Final Kentucky record: 8-5

Final Louisville record: 6-6

2008

Date: Aug. 31

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Steve Kragthorpe

Kentucky starting quarterback: Mike Hartline

Louisville starting quarterback: Hunter Cantwell

Favorite: Louisville by 31/2

Final score: Kentucky 27, Louisville 2

Attendance: 42,696

Story line: The Kentucky defense put a smackdown on Louisville. The UK defense returned two fumbles for touchdowns and set up a third TD with an interception. For the game, Kentucky forced five turnovers and held Louisville to a paltry 205 yards of offense.

Final Kentucky record: 7-6

Final Louisville record: 5-7

2009

Date: Sept. 19

Site: Commonwealth Stadium

Kentucky coach: Rich Brooks

Louisville coach: Steve Kragthorpe

Kentucky starting quarterback: Mike Hartline

Louisville starting quarterback: Justin Burke

Favorite: Kentucky by 131/2

Final score: Kentucky 31, Louisville 27

Attendance: 70,988

Story line: Heavily-favored UK led 17-7 at the half but let Louisville back in the game with three third-quarter turnovers. Lexington product Justin Burke threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to put U of L at the brink of the upset. But UK star Randall Cobb saved the Cats with two clutch plays in the final period, including catching the game-winning TD pass on a fade pattern with 4:28 left in the game.

Final Kentucky record: 7-6

Final Louisville record: 4-8

2010

Date: Sept. 4

Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Joker Phillips

Louisville coach: Charlie Strong

Kentucky starting quarterback: Mike Hartline

Louisville starting quarterback: Adam Froman

Favorite: Kentucky by 3

Final score: Kentucky 23, Louisville 16

Attendance: 55,327

Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award: Derrick Locke, Kentucky Story line: The first game played in the expanded Papa John's Cardinal Stadium also featured the first time in college football history that two African-American head coaches from BCS conferences faced each other in a season opener. Behind play-makers Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb, Kentucky took a 20-3 first-half lead, then held on. UK QB Mike Hartline became the first quarterback in the modern history of the Governor's Cup to go 3-0 as a starter in the rivalry.

Final Kentucky record: 6-7

Final Louisville record: 7-6

2011

Date: Sept. 17

Site: Commonwealth Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky coach: Joker Phillips

Louisville coach: Charlie Strong

Kentucky starting quarterback: Morgan Newton

Louisville starting quarterback: Will Stein

Favorite: Kentucky by 51/2

Final score: Louisville 24, Kentucky 17

Attendance: 68,170

Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award: Dexter Heyman, Louisville

Storyline: Louisville true freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater replaced an injured Will Stein and threw two touchdown passes and U of L claimed the Governor's Cup for the first time since 2006. Linebacker Dexter Heyman (12 tackles, a forced fumble) had two of the whopping 14 tackles for loss (including six sacks) recorded by the Cardinals' defense.

Final Kentucky record: 5-7

Final Louisville record: 7-6

Mark Story: (859) 231-3230. Email: mstory@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @markcstory. Blog: markstory.bloginky.com

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