(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: Kentucky 31, Louisville 27
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Derrick Locke scored on a 100-yard kick return and also had a rushing touchdown, as the Kentucky Wildcats notched a 31-27 victory over the Louisville Cardinals in a non-conference bout at Commonwealth Stadium.
Locke finished with 72 yards rushing in addition to 47 receiving yards on four catches, as the Wildcats (2-0) beat their in-state rival for a third straight season to hold onto the Governor's Cup. Mike Hartline completed 20-of-27 passes for 178 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Victor Anderson paced the Cardinals (1-1) ground game with 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Justin Burke threw for 245 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Wildcats' opening drive ate up more than five minutes, though they had to settle for three points on a 26-yard field goal by Lones Seiber.
Louisville answered with a nine-play, 79-yard drive, capped by Anderson's six- yard touchdown run.
But UK took the lead right back, as Locke returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to pay dirt.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 17-7 late in the second quarter, when John Conner capped an 85-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
Louisville kicker Ryan Payne converted two field goals (23, 42) in the third quarter to cut the deficit to four.
The Cardinals took the lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Burke to Cameron Graham.
But once again the Wildcats would not go quietly, as they responded with a 12- play, 73-yard drive resulting in Locke's second touchdown of the day.
The back-and-forth battle continued on the second play of Louisville's next possession, when Burke hooked up with Trent Guy for a 66-yard scoring strike to put the Cardinals on top, 27-24 with less than eight minutes to play.
However, Guy would later fumble a punt return, which Kentucky recovered at the Louisville 24. Three plays later, Hartline found Randall Cobb for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Kentucky defense held strong the rest of the way, as Burke was intercepted on the potential game-winning drive.
Kentucky's running game was firing on all cylinders, as the Wildcats racked up 168 rushing yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry as a team.
09/19 17:10:57 ET