LEXINGTON, Ky. --- The Guy Morriss era got off to a rocky start here Saturday as Louisville romped past Kentucky 36-10 for its third straight victory over the Wildcats in the Bluegrass rivalry.
Dave Ragone threw for 368 yards and three touchdowns, and Zek Parker caught six passes for 184 yards to lead the Cardinals to victory. And much to the dismay of the mostly blue-clad crowd of 70,838 at Commonwealth Stadium, the Louisville defense held Kentucky's offense to only 213 total yards and no offensive touchdowns.
Louisville improved to 2-0 on the season while Kentucky dropped its season opener.
Ragone, a junior, wasted no time in staking the Cards to a lead, hitting Parker for an 82-yard TD pass only 49 seconds into the game.
The UK defense recovered, however, and held Louisville to a field goal until midway through the third quarter.
With the game tied 10-10 at the 7:17 mark of the third quarter, Ragone gave the Cards the lead for good with the first of two straight 11-yard touchdown passes to tight end Ronnie Ghent.
From there, Louisville never looked back, adding TD runs of 11 and 6 yards by T.J. Patterson in the fourth quarter against a worn-down UK defense.
Kentucky, which alternated quarterbacks Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd throughout the game, managed only 155 yards passing. Both players had one interception and one fumble which proved to be costly. The Cards committed only one turnover.
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