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With the Govenor’s Cup up for grabs, the Wildcats and the Cardinals faced off at Kroger Field Saturday. The pouring rain and noon kick-off thinned the crowd down to only the diehard fans. And what a performance those fans got to witness. For the second year in a row Kentucky routed Louisville in a 45 to 13 victory.
Kentucky’s record-breaking performance was the perfect ending to the regular season and a great sendoff to the Seniors that played their last game in Lexington. The Cats finished with 517 total rushing yards setting a UK record. Most of those yards were gained by Lynn Bowden, whom set the record for the most rushing yards by a SEC quarterback with 284. Bowden ended the game with 4 rushing touchdowns.
The Wildcats’ defense were only two plays from having a perfect game. Louisville was held to only two touchdowns that both came in the first half on long scoring plays. The Cards had the football for nearly 12 minutes longer than the Wildcats, but were unable to convert their drives into scores. Jamar Watson was UK’s defensive player of the game with 6 total tackles and 2 sacks.
The victory pushed the Wildcat’s total wins to seven and their dominating performance may put them in a better bowl game. It is astonishing that this team were able to reach seven wins after the injuries that they suffered at the quarterback position. There are not many teams that could start a wide receiver behind the center and have the success that UK had. Mark Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff did an amazing job given the circumstances that fell upon this team.
Kentucky’s final goal of the season is to win their bowl game. As of today, bowl projections have the Cats in many different bowl games. The Music City Bowl and the Liberty Bowl seem to be the “experts” favorite destinations for the Wildcats.