Cat Walk: Kentucky arrives at Cardinal Stadium to take on Louisville
Kentucky wants its ninth regular season win. Louisville wants to ease the pain of a nine-loss regular season. Then there’s the fact the two programs from the state are rivals and thus not particularly fond of each other. That’s the setup for Saturday’s 7 p.m. Governor’s Cup kickoff at Cardinal Stadium. ESPN2 has the telecast.
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Final: Kentucky 56, Louisville 10
Kavosiey Smoke joins the party
The freshman running back goes 37 yards for another Kentucky TD. His presence another reason why new redshirt rule is a good rule. Now can play up to four games and still be redshirted. No way Smoke would be playing this late in the year. UK lead is 56-10 with 4:40 left.
A.J. Rose to the house
The redshirt sophomore running back goes 75 yards to extend UK’s lead to 49-10 with 11:09 left. Rose now with 112 yards on 10 carries.
Think your MVP is going to be Terry Wilson
The UK quarterback just hit Josh Ali with a 32-yard TD pass. Wilson is 17-of-23 for 261 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He has rushed nine times for 71 yards. Cats are up 42-10 with 14:04 left.
BTW, Benny Snell now with 100 yards rushing on 18 carries.
And Luke Fortner committed a personal foul penalty on the extra plint and was ejected from the game.
End of 3Q: Kentucky 35, Louisville 10
Benny Snell with back bruise
That’s according to UK Radio Network.
Bowden throws intercerption
UK had a first down at the U of L 18-yard line, thanks to a 40-yard Wilson run and 16-yard Wilson pass to Dorian Baker. But a trick play backfired when Lynn Bowden tossed an interception to Louisville’s C.J. Avery.
U of L could not capitalize, however. Taking over on their own 3, the Cards went three-and-out for another punt. Total yards: UK 419, U of L 230.
Louisville fails to capitalize on pick
The Cards’ Jeremy Smith ripped off a 29-yard run after Sturgill’s interception. From there, the Cards went backward. Malik Cunningham was dropped for a three-yard loss. Then U of L’s Micky Crum was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Finally, Josh Allen sacked quarterback Sean McCormack, who was subbing for Cunningham, shaken up on the previous play.
Louisville comes up with interception
Cornerback Cornelius Sturgill intercepts UK’s Terry Wilson when the Cats had moved to the U of L 30-yard line. There’s 10:59 left in third quarter.
First half analysis
True to form, Louisville’s defense continued its streak of not being able to stop anybody. The Cards certainly can’t stop the Cats. Kentucky had the football five times in the first half and scored touchdowns on all five possessions. UK gained 325 total yards the first half. It gained 324 for the game last week.
Doubt that Mark Stoops is thrilled with the UK defense. Louisville has gained 142 yards on the ground. The Cards entered the game averaging 133.8 rushing yards per game. Malik Cunningham’s 75-yard TD run accounted for over half of U of L’s rushing yards.
UK’s 35-10 lead is its biggest halftime lead since being up 35-0 at intermission on UT-Martin on Aug. 30, 2014.
Halftime: Kentucky 35, Louisville 10
Kentucky now up 35-10 late in first half
Terry Wilson is 14-of-16 for 208 yards and just threw his second TD pass. This one went 13 yards to Bowden, who made his second scoring catch. Wilson also had a 20-yard pass to Josh Ali to start the drive and a 16-yard pass to David Bouvier.
When we say all alone, we mean all alone
Lynn Bowden was oh so alone in the back of the end zone for a 28-yard TD pass from Terry Wilson to push Kentucky’s lead to 28-10 with 4:08 left in the first half. The Cats drove 75 yards in eight plays. Besides his TD catch, Bowden also turned a bubble screen into a 28-yard gain. Terry Wilson is now 9-of-10 passing for 143 yards and a score. Bowden has five catches for 73 yards.
Louisville player ejected for targeting
U of L defensvie back P.J. Mbanasor was ejected for targeting after leading with the head when he tackled UK’s Terry Wilson on a scramble with 5:10 left in the first half.
Louisville pulls within 21-10
The Cards drove 60 yards in nine plays. A 33-yard run by Colin Wilson was the key play. And a holding penalty on a third-and-goal from the UK five-yard line forced the Cards’ Blanton Creque to kick a 32-yard field goal with 8:51 left in first half.
Terry Wilson hot start
The UK quarterback has completed six of seven passes for 86 yards through UK’s first three drives.
Kentucky 3 possessions, 3 touchdowns
UK goes 77 yards in seven plays with Benny Snell going 24 yards for the touchdown. The drive started with a 32-yard pass from Wilson to Conrad. And on a fourth-and-one at the U of L 36, Snell picked up four yards. Two plays later, Snell scored. UK 21-7 with 13:03 left in the first half.
End of 1Q: Kentucky 14, Louisville 7
Louisville strikes right back
Boom! Just like that U of L quarterback Malik Cunningham goes 75 yards for a touchdown. UK actually had the waggle/bootleg pass covered, only to see Cunningham knife through defenders all the way to the end zone. Score now Kentucky 14-7 with 1:50 left in the first quarter.
Kentucky two possessions, two touchdowns
Kentucky widens lead to 14-0 with 2:05 left in the first quarter. The Cats drove 84 yards in nine plays. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on U of L helped move the march along. So did a Terry Wilson 27-yard pass to tight end C.J. Conrad. That gave the visitors a first-and-goal at the Louisville 3. Wilson then headed around left end, juked a Cardinal defender, and scored.
Kentucky takes early 7-0 lead
After a Louisville holding penalty kills the game’s first possession, UK drive 53 yards in eight plays. Three of the plays were wildcat runs, including Benny Snell’s seven-yard score around left end. UK up 7-0 with 9:03 left in the first quarter.
Four Louisville plays suspended for game
From U of L press release: University of Louisville interim head coach Lorenzo Ward announced that tight end Joran Davis, running backs Javian Hawkins, Malik Staples and Dae Williams will be suspended for Saturday’s game versus Kentucky for a violation of team rules.