Woodson puts dagger in Cards in final minute

Brian Brohm came back to Louisville (2-1) for one final chance to chase a BCS national championship. Those dreams died Saturday night in Lexington when Brohm's ninth-ranked Cardinals fell to Kentucky (3-0) 40-34.

Brian Brohm came back to Louisville for one final chance to chase a BCS national championship. Those dreams died Saturday night in Lexington when Brohm's ninth-ranked Cardinals fell to Kentucky 40-34.

Kentucky scored the game-winning touchdown in the final minutes on a 57 yard touchdown pass from Andre Woodson to Steve Johnson on a busted coverage. The touchdown came after a 15 yard Kentucky personal foul penalty on UK center Eric Scott.

After Kentucky's score, Louisville took over at the 19 with just 21 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Cardinals made it exciting when Harry Douglas came up with a tipped Brohm pass deep in UK territory on the game's final play, but he was instantly tackled and the UK fans stormed the field to celebrate their first win over Louisville since 2002.


Harry Douglas had 13 receptions for
225 yards and a touchdown.
(InsideTheVille.com/Troy Turbeville)
Louisville appeared in good shape when Anthony Allen scored a on a two yard touchdown run with under 2:00 minutes to play. But the Louisville defense, which showed some improvement since their last outing, couldn't come up with one more stop.

One play might haunt Louisville for awhile. On fourth and goal at the one late in the game trailing 33-28, Brohm plunged into the endzone for a score. But the touchdown was negated because the Cardinals didn't have seven men on the line of scrimmage.

Facing fourth and goal from the six, Steve Kragthorpe elected to go for the touchdown instead of sending All-American kicker Art Carmody for a field goal to could have cut UK's lead to two. Brohm hit Gary Barnidge inside the five but Kentucky's defenders dropped him short of the endzone and took over on downs.

Louisville started the game slowly. On the game's opening kick-off, Louisville's Trent Guy fumbled deep inside Kentucky territory. The U of L defense held forcing a Kentucky field goal that put the Wildcats on top 3-0.

On Louisville's next possession, Brohm was intercepted by Trevard Lindley. That turnover led to a Kentucky touchdown and a quick 10-0 lead for the Wildcats. Kentucky stopped Louisville on their next possession and Lonas Siebert added another field goal to put Kentucky ahead 13-0.


Anthony Allen averaged five yards per carry
against Kentucky.
(InsideTheVille.com/Troy Turbeville)
Then Louisville decided to get serious. The Cardinals got on the scoreboard late in the first half when Brohm connected with Anthony Allen for an 8 yard touchdown to cut UK's lead to 13-7. Raphael Little came right back for Kentucky with a 10 yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to give the Wildcats a 19-7 advantage.

Louisville actually took the lead into halftime 21-19. Brohm and Harry Douglas connected for a 3 yards score to cut Kentucky's lead to 19-14. The Cardinals scored again just before the half on an Allen 10 yard touchdown run.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter and the Cardinals took a narrow 28-26 lead into the final quarter. Woodson connected with Jacob Tamme early in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats a 33-28 lead.

Kentucky won the battle on the ground 186-99 and seemed to wear down the Louisville defense with their rushing attack in the second half. Little carried 26 times for 151 yards to lead Kentucky. Allen led Louisville with 99 yards on 18 carries.

There were plenty of great individual performances. Douglas caught 13 passes for 225 yards and one score, while Keenan Burton had ten catches for 100 yards. Trent Guy returned a kick-off to put Louisville ahead 28-26 in the third quarter.

As for the much hyped quarterback battle: Brohm completed 28-of-43 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Woodson finished 30-46 for 270 yards and four touchdowns. For the game, Louisville outgained Kentucky 468 to 456.


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