Sep 14, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Wins The Governor's Cup for the Third Straight Year

Sep 14, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Governor’s Cup is coming back to Louisville.  For the third straight year, the Louisville Cardinals have managed to defeat Kentucky, this time by a score of 27-13.  The Cardinals weren’t able to beat the spread, but they were able to defeat the Wildcats, but not by as large a margin as many Louisville fans had hoped.

Both teams were able to play great defensively early on in the game, whether it was the two forced fumbles and interception by Louisville, or Kentucky managing to force a fumble, both teams were holding the other team’s offense to next to nothing scoring-wise.  In fact, the game would’ve more than likely been tied at halftime, if not for Louisville forcing a turnover while UK was in the red zone.   As the second half rolled around, the defense of both teams was a much different story.  Both defenses looked tired, which was why Louisville was able to put up 17 second half points, and Kentucky was able to put up 10 (point total as usual doesn’t tell the full story).

Offensively, this game seemed to be a total opposite of last week, with the Cards’ ground game looking phenomenal, while the passing game was good, but nothing that was head-turning.  After rushing for only 78 yards against the Colonels last week, the Cards managed to rush for 242 yards, splitting the carries evenly between Dyer, Perry, and Brown (Dyer and Perry both had 11 carries, Brown had 12).  Perry managed to make the most out of his carries, though, tearing through the Kentucky defense that faltered in the second half, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 100 yards.  Kentucky didn’t really have an answer for the Louisville ground game, as the Cards averaged 5.9 yards per carry today, which is a welcome improvement over the 2.8 yards per carry last week against the much-weaker Colonels.

Bridgewater had a good game, but nothing to write home about, passing for only 250 yards and throwing one touchdown pass to the ever-reliable DeVante Parker.  His completion percentage wasn’t nearly what it usually is, as he was 16/28 passing-wise, which equates to a 57% completion percentage.  He certainly did not hurt his Heisman stock, but it wasn’t a showstopping performance that will work to convince many voters.

Make no mistake, Kentucky is a team that has improved week after week.  I obviously didn’t expect them to roll over and let the Cardinals march all over them.  It’s still early in the season, and Louisville has gotten arguably their toughest game of the season out of the way.  Louisville now needs to stay the course and stay focused, lest they risk a slip-up against a weak team and squander all chances of a BCS Title Game.  Bragging rights are with The Ville until December 28th, when the two teams face off in basketball season.

3-0.  Go Cards!

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