The annual meeting for the Governor's Cup

Cardinal Authority provides a preview of Louisville's trip to Lexington the annual meeting with Kentucky

Date: Nov. 28, 2015
Game Time: Noon
Location: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.
Television: SEC Network
  Play by Play: Matt Neal
  Analyst: Matt Stinchcomb
  Sideline: Kayce Smith


Bring your rain gear, preferably more than the dollar store poncho if want to remain dry. The Weather Channel forecasts temperatures in the upper 50s, climbing into the lower 60s during the game, with rain chances climbing from 70 to 90 percent from time of kickoff.


  • Louisville enters the game at 6-5 overall and looking to rebound from a loss at Pittsburgh last Saturday.
  • Kentucky, at 5-6 overall, needs to win the game to become bowl eligible.
  • The Cardinals have won four straight in the series, but trail overall 13-14.  However, Louisville leads the modern day (Governor's Cup) series 13-8, which resumed in 1994 following a 70-year hiatus. A U of L victory would mark the first five game winning streak for either program during the Governor's Cup era.  The Cardinals have enjoyed a pair of four game win streaks, with UK also winning straight once.
  • Neither team has put up great scoring numbers this season, with Louisville's 28 points per game average checking in at No. 73 nationally and Kentucky's 24.7 ppg sitting at No. 96.
  • Louisville is No. 17 in the nation for total defense, allowing just 326 yards a game.  Kentucky's defense is surrendering 385 yards an outing, which is No. 57 nationally.
  • Louisville junior quarterback Kyle Bolin came off the bench to throw for 381 yards in Louisville's 44-40 win over the Wildcats last November.  That total sits as the highest yardage thrown by a U of L quarterback in the rivalry.
  • Lamar Jackson posted a school record three 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback and his rushing totals in those game are three of the four highest single-game rushing totals by a quarterback.
  • Bobby Petrino is 5-0 against Kentucky as the Louisville head coach.
  • Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is 0-2 against the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals have thrown 18 touchdown passes to nine different players this season. Junior Jamari Staples leads the team with three.
  • The Cardinals have had interceptions from eight different players this season.


1. Stop the Run. The Wildcats defense is giving up 185 yards per game on the ground, which is No. 85 nationally.  If the Cardinals get close to that number, they will keep the Governor's Cup.  By the way, the Cardinals are 8-3 in the modern series when a running back eclipses the century mark.

2. Field Position. Make the Louisville offense have to drive the length of the field as much as possible.

3. Frustrate the QB. If it's Kyle Bolin behind center for the Cardinals, get pressure on him often.  Should freshman Lamar Jackson get the nod for the Cardinals, the Wildcats must keep him contained in the pocket and not let him create with his legs.


1. Composure. On the road, in a hostile environment where many in the stands really hate you. Stay focused on the game plan and the stadium will grow quiet.

2. Run with Success. After seeing Brandon Radcliff rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back outings, the Cardinals ground game was non-existent against Pittsburgh.  The Cardinals won the previous two games, but lost to the Panthers.  Figure it out.

3. Mental Toughness. Limit the mental mistakes to near zero.  That includes false starts, personal fouls and turnovers.

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