Kentucky had no trouble taking care of its rival by scoring touchdown’s on the first five possessions to win 56-10.
The Wildcats held the Cardinals and forced a punt to start the game. Then, UK made it count as Benny Snell, Jr. scored on a 7 yard touchdown.
The Cats stopped the Cardinals again and then put together a 9 play, 84 yard drive. The highlights were a Terry Wilson to C.J. Conrad pickup of 27 yards down to the three. Wilson would finish on the next play to put Kentucky up 14-0.
Louisville would strike quickly. On the first play of the next drive, Cardinals Quarterback Malik Cunningham, showed his speed on a 75 yard touchdown run. That tied a U of L record by a quarterback, former Cardinal, Lamar Jackson. UK’s lead was down to 14-7.
The Cats got their third possession and after converting a 4th and 1 play, Benny Snell, Jr. carried the ball 24 yards for a touchdown. UK had three possessions and three touchdowns. 21-7 Wildcats.
After the Cardinals added a 32 yard field goal to cut it to 21-10, the Cats had another drive as Wilson hit Bowden for a 32 gain. Then, on 3rd and long, Wilson scrambled for a big play and was hit with a helmet-to-helmet shot that had the Cardinals P.J. Mbanasor ejected. Then, Wilson found a wide open Bowden in the end zone for a 28 yard touchdown. UK up 28-10.
Another UK stop and the Cats got the ball with 2:06 to play. Wilson found Josh Ali for a 20 yard gain. Then, Wilson found Bowden for another touchdown. Cats led 35-10 at the half.
Wilson was 14-16 for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for another.
UK got the ball first and drove deep down field against the Cardinals. However, they failed to score for the first time in the game after Wilson was intercepted.
After another UK stop the Wildcats were driving again and Lynn Bowden was in the Wildcat offense at QB. He was looking to throw but was picked off in the endzone.
Kentucky got the ball back and completed a 4th and 2 before Wilson fired a perfect pass to Josh Ali for a 32 yard touchdown. UK would lead 42-10 at the start of the 4th quarter.
The UK defense would make another stop and on the second play from scrimmage, A.J. Rose took it the distance from 75 yards away. UK would lead 49-10.
Kentucky would wrap it up by putting in the back-ups. Going for it on 4th and 2, Kavosiey Smoke would take off on a 37 yard touchdown.
Kentucky would score the third most points against the rival, Cardinals on their way to securing the Governor’s Cup in a 56-10 win. UK finishes with a 9-3 record, its first 9 win regular season since 1977.
UK had two 100 yard rushers with Snell having 100 and Rose 112. Terry Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns with one interception.
UK now waits to find out which bowl game it will be invited to play in during the post season. The most likely are the Citrus or Outback Bowl.