Cats beat Cards, 40-34

LEXINGTON, Ky -- Steve Johnson hauled in a 57-yard touchdown from Andre Woodson with 28 seconds remaining, and Rafael Little rushed for 151 yards as the Kentucky Wildcats defeat the # 9 Louisville Cardinals, 40-34 to move to 3-0 on the season. The Cardinals fall to 2-1 with the loss.

Woodson was 28-44 for 275 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions, and Little rushed 27 times for 151 yards, 1 touchdown in the Kentucky victory. The 57-yard reception was Johnson's second touchdown of the game as well. Woodson's first complete pass tied an all-time SEC record for most consecutive passes without an interception. After his 44 passes tonight, he now trails only Trent Dilfer for the most consecutive passes without an interception in NCAA history, just 12 behind.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 13-0 lead over the Cardinals, courtesy first of a Louisville turnover. Louisville's Trent Guy fumbled the opening kickoff, and Kentucky turned the turnover into a Lones Seiber 30-yard field goal for an early 3-0 lead.

The Louisville Cardinals' second possession would fare no better, as Trevard Lindley intercepted a Brian Bohm pass to set up Kentucky's first touchdown of the game. Just 2:58 in the game, and Woodson hit Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown reception, his first of two (including the game-winner) in the contest. The score put the Cats up 10-0.

The third possession for the Cardinals fared slightly better, but netted only 7-yards and the Cardinals were forced to punt. With good field possession beginning at the Wildcat 39-yard line, the Cats marched into field goal range, and Seiber nailed his second field goal of the game, a 31-yard attempt that stretched the Wildcat lead to 13-0.

The Cardinals appeared to settle down at this point, and narrowed the gap to 13-7 after a Brohm to Anthony Allen touchdown strike. Rafael Little would give the Cats a 19-7 lead after running in for a score, but the Cardinals scored the final two touchdowns of the half to take a 21-19 lead at halftime.

Kentucky began the second half with a touchdown pass to John Conner, but the new 26-21 lead would be short-lived. On the ensuing kickoff, Guy made up for his earlier fumble by returning the kickoff 100 yards to place Louisville back on top, 28-26, and the Cardinals held onto that lead heading into the 4th quarter.

The 4th quarter saw Jacob Tamme catching a pass to put UK on top, 33-28. Louisville would again answer the challenge, however, and with just 1:45 remaining in the contest, Allen would score his third touchdown of the game to put Louisville on top 34-33 and set the stage for the game-winner from Woodson to Johnson.

In addition to the offensive stars of the game, Kentucky's defense played opportunistic defense. Led by Wesley Woodyard's 13 tackles, the defense rose to the occasion more times than not during the game, and limited the Louisville rushing game to only 101 yards, and held the offense to 34 points, some 32 points under their season average.

Louisville was led by Brohm's 28-43, 366 yards, 1 interception, 2 touchdowns performance. Harry Douglas also snagged 13 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. Allen rushed 18 times for 96 yards on the night.

Kentucky will next face the defending SEC West champion Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville next week. Arkansas lost at Alabama tonight, 41-38 in a game that went down to the last eight seconds.
Stay tuned to KSR for more on this big win, and in the meantime, join the celebration on the Kentucky Sports Report message boards. There's no better time to join up and be a premium member and discuss the very best of Kentucky sports than now.

AllWildcats Top Stories