NCAA Game Summary - Louisville at Kentucky
(Saturday, September 14th)
Final Score: (7) Louisville 27, Kentucky 13
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Teddy Bridgewater threw for 250 yards with a
touchdown and Senorise Perry ran for a pair of scores as seventh-ranked
Louisville came away with a 27-13 victory over Kentucky at Commonwealth
Bridgewater completed 16-of-28 passes and Perry added 100 yards on 11 carries
for the Cardinals (3-0), who took a step up in competition after opening the
season with easy home routs of Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.
"It's a big game because it's a rival game and there's so much put into it,"
said Louisville coach Charlie Strong. "That's what I told our players, all
games are big games but this game is a little different and that's why we had
to go out and go prepare the way we did. Just make sure we had the focus and
we had the confidence to believe that we could come in here and beat them."
Louisville entered the game averaging 545 yards offensively, mostly through
the air, but the ground game accounted for 242 yards on Saturday -- more than
100 yards over the Cardinals' average of 138.5 through two games.
In addition to Perry, Michael Dyer ran for 62 yards on 11 carries and
Dominique Brown added 45 yards on 12 attempts. Bridgewater also scrambled six
times for 35 yards.
Jalen Whitlow threw a touchdown pass for Kentucky (1-2), which was coming off
a 41-7 win over Miami-Ohio last week. The Wildcats finished with 376 total
yards, but turned it over three times and suffered a third straight loss
to their Bluegrass State rivals.
"Disappointed with the loss," said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. "I was proud of
our guys' effort. I felt like we fought, played tough at times, had our
opportunities. Disappointed that we didn't make the plays when we needed to.
"Give credit to Louisville. They made the plays when they needed to."
Louisville carried only a 10-3 lead to the intermission, but started the third
quarter with an 83-yard touchdown drive. Bridgewater connected on four passes
for 49 yards and Perry ripped off a 27-yard run before scoring from the
one to make it 17-3.
Whitlow had the Wildcats in Louisville territory on the ensuing series, but
was picked off at the goal line by Charles Gaines. The Cardinals followed with
a march into Kentucky territory, aided by consecutive Bridgewater completions
of 47 and 24 yards, but it stalled inside the five and John Wallace kicked a
21-yard field goal for a 20-3 advantage.
A 47-yard run by the Wildcats' Jojo Kemp on the first play after the next
kickoff set up a 30-yard Joe Mansour field goal that trimmed Kentucky's
deficit to 14 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Perry then put the game out of reach with a 36-yard TD scamper to cap another
83-yard Louisville possession.
Kentucky managed to score once more, as Whitlow threw a 3-yard touchdown pass
to Alex Montgomery with 6:21 remaining, then drove into Louisville territory
in the closing two minutes before Whitlow was sacked on fourth down.
Whitlow finished 8-of-17 for 105 yards and added 37 yards on the ground in
defeat. Maxwell Smith -- the pocket passer in Kentucky's quarterback
rotation -- finished 9-of-20 for 109 yards, while Kemp ran for 80 yards on
Louisville turned a Whitlow fumble into three points just over five minutes
into the contest, as Marcus Smith recovered at the Kentucky 27 and Wallace
booted a 36-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals were moving late in the first quarter, but DeVante Parker
fumbled after a reception and Kentucky took over at its own 41. The Wildcats
converted the turnover into a 37-yard Mansour field goal to knot the score.
Louisville finally reached the end zone with 2:36 remaining in the half, when
Bridgewater hit Parker with a 13-yard pass to cap an 11-play, 52-yard drive.
Kentucky answered with a lengthy march, but Smith fumbled inside the
Louisville 15 and Preston Brown recovered for the Cardinals with 43 seconds to
play in the half.
Louisville finished with 492 total yards ... Kentucky still leads the all-time
series, 14-12, including an 8-8 mark in Lexington.
09/14 17:32:51 ET
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