LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It was a workmanlike win for the No. 15-ranked University of Kentucky football team, taking care of business as a heavy favorite against a wounded rival.
It had the potential to get ugly. The teams scuffled right after the opening kickoff. Louisville picked up three personal fouls in the first quarter. Kentucky, which was the team racking up personal fouls and breaking down into infighting with its coaching staff a year ago.
This season, with only a few exceptions, the Wildcats kept their heads, and regained the Governor’s Cup, rolling past Louisville 56-10 before a blue-and-red mix of 49,998 at Cardinal Stadium.
Kentucky, which has struggled offensively all season, but particularly in the second half of the season, marched to touchdowns on its first five drives. It had 35 points at halftime, after not scoring more than 28 against a Power 5 opponent all season.
Benny Snell, who sustained a back bruise in the game, carried for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Behind him, Asim Rose ran for 112 yards and a score and QB Terry Wilson, voted MVP of the Governor's Cup game, ran for 80 yards and a score and passed for 261 yards and three others.
As Kentucky fans stayed till the final horn to chant "Go Big Blue" in their rival's stadium, Kentucky players hoisted the Governor's Cup trophy and gave the "L's Down" sign. Josh Allen ran the sideline with a giant UK flag. And for Kentucky, the party continues.
The Wildcats, who finish the season at 9-3, now will await their bowl fate, most likely to be the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day in Orlando or the Outback Bowl, on New Year’s Day in Tampa.
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