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Battle For The Governor's Cup Recap

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

The Wildcats started off hot early into the first quarter, with an eight-yard touchdown reception by Dane Key. This touchdown drive was set up by a seventy yard downfield strike to tight end Josh Kattus. Will Levis almost had another rushing touchdown, but it was called back, due to a penalty for illegal formation on the offense.


Kentucky Senior Jacquez Jones made a crucial fourth down stop, as Louisville was on the verge of scoring as the Cardinals were well inside the Red Zone. Kentucky led the Cardinals 7-0 after the first quarter.


The Wildcats didn't waste much time, as they marched down the field due to the running game of Chris Rodriguez Jr. Kentucky did not manage to get into the endzone, but Matt Ruffalo did manage to make a 43-yard field goal to put the Wildcats up 10-0.


On the next Louisville possession, JJ Weaver sacked Louisville Quarterback Brock Domann and recovered a fumble in the Red Zone. This led to another 29-yard field goal by Matt Ruffalo, which put Kentucky up 13-0. Malik Cunningham ran for a six yard touchdown to make the score 13-7 Kentucky at halftime.


Louisville got the football to start the second half but Kentucky's defense held the Cardinals to a three-and-out. Kentucky ended up advancing the football quickly down the field, thanks to receptions from Barion Brown and rushing attempts from Rodriguez and McClain. The Wildcats could yet again only come away with a field goal by Matt Ruffalo, his third of the game.


On the very next possession, Kentucky linebacker Trevin Wallace picks off a pass by Louisville's Malik Cunningham which set up a touchdown reception by Barion Brown.

Who says the word "Kentucky" on the front of their chests doesn't mean anything? Barion Brown says otherwise.


Matt Ruffalo made another 40-yard field goal, which made him 4/4 on field goal attempts today, breaking his record of three made field goals in a game. This put Kentucky up 26-7 early in the fourth quarter.

A Malik Cunningham touchdown and failed two-point conversion brought the score to 26-13 with seven minutes remaining in the game.


An interception by Jordan Lovett all but sealed the deal, as the Wildcats just had to go into victory formation, which resulted in the Wildcats winning the 2022 battle for the Governor's Cup against Louisville, 26-13.




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