A look back at some of the top performers in the Louisville v Kentucky series

Cardinal Authority provides a look back at some of the top performers from prior Governor's Cup

Louisville has been the dominant program since resuming the rivalry with Kentucky in 1994, winning 13 of the 21 meetings, including four straight. There have been a number of impressive performances by Cardinals on both sides of the ball in the series.

Here's a look at some of the prior top performing Cardinals.

PASSING

With a number of talented quarterbacks making starts for Louisville against Kentucky, one could easily assume that the number of times one has thrown for more than 300 yards would be higher than it is.  Kyle Bolin tops the list for his performance in Louisville's 44-40 win last fall, which includes just three players that have reached that mark against the Wildcats, with Chris Redman having eclipsed it twice.

Louisville's record when a quarterback tosses for more than 300 yards is 3-1.

YEAR
PLAYER
YARDS
2014 Kyle Bolin 381
2001 Dave Ragone 368
1998 Chris Redman 368
1999 Chris Redman 324

Eric Shelton poses with the Cup in '04

RUSHING

Louisville has had a 100+ yards rusher in 11 of the 21 meetings in the modern rivalry, most recently in 2013 when Senorise Perry went for 103 yards in a 27-13 win.  Twice the Cardinals have had a pair of running backs record over 100-yards against Kentucky in the same game, with Eric Shelton (151) and Lionel Gates (112) each doing it in 2004's 28-0 win, the only a shutout in the modern series.  In 2012, Perry (108) and Jeremy Wright (105) led the Cardinals 32-14.

The Cardinals are 8-3 against the Wildcats when a running back reaches the century mark.

YEAR
PLAYER
YARDS
1999 Frank Moreau 181
2010 Bilal Powell 153
2004 Eric Shelton 151
2000 Tony Stallings 144
1995 Calvin Arrington 133
2006 Michael Bush 128
2005 Michael Bush 128
1994 Anthony Shelman 123
2004 Lionel Gates 112
2009 Victor Anderson 110
2012 Senorise Perry 108
2012 Jeremy Wright 105
2013 Senorise Perry 103

RECEIVING

When Harry Douglas recorded 223 yards against Kentucky in 2007, he set a new school record for receiving yards in a any game, a mark that still stands.  Seven other former Cardinals have reached enjoyed 100+ receiving yards in the rivalry game, most recently by DeVante Parker in 2014.  A pair of tight ends - Ibn Green and Jamie Asher - are among the list.

Surprisingly, Louisville is just 4-3 when a single player hauls in over 100 yards against the Wildcats.

YEAR
PLAYER
YARDS
2007 Harry Douglas 223
2001 Zek Parker 184
2014 DeVante Parker 180
1998 Ibn Green 132
2000 Deion Branch 123
1998 Arnold Jackson 123
1999 Charles Sheffield 118
1994 Jamie Asher 107

DEFENSE

  • During Louisville's 31-24 win in 2005, defensive end Elvis Dumervil established a pair of school single-game records with six sacks and seven tackles for a loss. His sack total established a new NCAA single-game record.
  • Linebacker Lamar Myles registered 22 total tackles in 2007 and Tyrus McCloud had 21 total stops in 1996, both totals that continue to rank among the school's single-game top five.

SCHNELLENBERGER AWARD

Established in 2010, the Howard Schnellenberger Award is given to the Most Valuable Player on the winning team by the Louisville Sports Commission.  The Cardinals have won four of the five meetings since the award's inception with the following players being selected as MVP:

2011: LB Dexter Heyman - Led the defense with 12 total tackles and a forced fumble.
2012: QB Teddy Bridgewater - Threw for 232 yards
2013: QB Teddy Bridgewater - Threw for 250 yards and a touchdown
2014: WR DeVante Parker - 6 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown

COACHES

  • Bobby Petrino is a perfect 5-0 against Kentucky while the head coach at Louisville. Petrino's team's outscored Kentucky by an average of 39.5 - 25.3 during his first tenure (2003-06) years with the Cardinals. Louisville also defeated Kentucky during the first year of his second tenure, winning 44-40 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium last fall.
  • Charlie Strong (2010-13) has the next best record against Kentucky, defeating the rivals in three of four attempts, including his only two visits to Lexington.
  • John L. Smith's five-year tenure (1998-2002) at Louisville delivered a 3-2 mark against the Wildcats. Unfortunately, Smith went just 1-2 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

FRIENDLY LEXINGTON

Louisville, which was forced to play in Lexington until the opening of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in 1998, has an overall mark of 8-4 at Commonwealth Stadium. Louisville has outscored Kentucky by an average of 30.3 - 22.4 in the 12 games held in Lexington during the modern series.


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