|Louisville's Senorise Perry ran for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals 32-14 win over Kentucky. (US Presswire)|
LOUISVILLE WON. Louisville scored touchdowns on their first three possessions -- impressive drives of 99, 85, and 93 yards -- and never looked back in their 32-14 win over Kentucky on Sunday. The Cardinals claimed the Governor's Cup for the second consecutive year, the first back-to-back wins for the school since 2005-06. Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was efficient and methodical under center, completing 19 of 21 passes for 232 yards, before handing the reigns to Will Stein late in the third quarter.
WHY LOUISVILLE WON: Bridgewater looked good, but a lot of his completions were set up by a dominant rushing attack. The starter -- and the rotation -- at running back was unknown heading into the opener, but Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry separated themselves as the feature backs. Wright got the start, and carried 22 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns. Perry added 108 yards on 16 carries himself, including a 47-yard touchdown run.
Kentucky even opted to try fake punts and successfully recovered an onside kick to start the second half, but even those efforts were not enough to keep the Wildcats defense from giving up yards. Kentucky's offense moved the ball well against Louisville, but two lost fumbles in the red zone and a missed field goal left more points on the field than on the scoreboard.
WHEN LOUISVILLE WON: Early in the fourth quarter, Kentucky put together a fast-paced 78 yard drive that set up 2nd and Goal at the five yard line. The uptempo attack had the Cardinals on their heels, and a Kentucky touchdown would trim the lead to 11 with more than just under 12 minutes to play. Louisville safety Hakeem Smith forced a CoShik Williams fumble, and Adrian Bushell recovered at the two yard line. It was the second lost fumble for Kentucky, and the apparent end of their chances to steal a rivalry win on the road.
WHAT LOUISVILLE WON: A convincing win in the in-state rivalry. After finally ending the Wildcats four-year streak in 2011 with a 24-17 win, the Cardinals needed a blowout to complete the transition of power in the state. Louisville is a ranked team, Kentucky is not. The Cardinals were favored by two scores, and allowing the game to be close -- or worse, lose -- could have hurt the growing momentum around the program.
WHAT KENTUCKY LOST: Kentucky's defense took a huge step backward on Sunday. The Wildcats were not expected to be the toast of the SEC by anyone's account, but they made things way too easy for Louisville. There were times when they brought pressure on Bridgewater and forced him out of the pocket, but if they did not he simply picked apart the secondary/pass coverage with ease. Other than the turnovers, Kentucky's offense looked pretty good - particularly when they picked up the pace.
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