(Saturday, September 4th)
Final Score: Kentucky 23,Louisville 16
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Derrick Locke ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns as the Kentucky Wildcats outlasted their cross-state rivals, the Louisville Cardinals, 23-16, in the annual Governor's Cup game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Randall Cobb ran for 80 yards for Kentucky (1-0) on just four carries and also scored a touchdown. Mike Hartline, who missed much of last year with an injury, was 17-of-26 through the air for the Wildcats for 217 yards.
Bilal Powell ran for 153 yards and one touchdown for the Cardinals (0-1), while Adam Froman finished with only 127 yards through the air, to go along with one interception.
Kentucky got on the scoreboard just 35 seconds into the game when Locke dashed 32 yards for a touchdown. However, Ryan Tydlacka's extra point try was no good, leaving the score at 6-0.
Locke added a one yard touchdown run in the finale minute of the first period to give the Wildcats a 13-0 lead.
Louisville got on the scoreboard seconds into the second quarter on Chris Philpott's 44-yard field goal.
Cobb extended Kentucky's lead to 20-3 on its next possession with a 51-yard run.
Philpott's 32-yard field goal capped off a 16-play drive for the Cardinals, cutting their deficit to 20-6.
Kentucky extended its lead on its first possession of the second half when Tydlacka booted a 41-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
On the first play of Louisville's next possession Powell broke free into the open field and proceeded to scamper downfield for an 80-yard touchdown run.
Philpott's third field goal of the day, a 27-yard boot, cut Louisville's deficit to 23-16 late in the final frame.
The Cardinals would not pull any closer however, as the Wildcats held on for the seven-point win.
Kentucky had a 466-317 edge in total offensive yardage.
Both head coaches, Joker Phillips of Kentucky and Charlie Strong from Louisville were making their debuts with their respective teams.
09/04 20:40:24 ET