The Kentucky Wildcats manhandled the Louisville Cardinals on their home turf Saturday night. The Cats took home the Governor’s Cup for the second time in three years with the final score of 56-10. This was the fifth straight game in which the Uo L defense allowed at least 50 points.
After the UK defense forced a 3-and-out on the Cardinals first set of downs, the UK offense did it’s job and put 7 points on the board with a seven-yard touchdown run by Benny Snell. The Cats added a second touchdown on their next possession with another rushing touchdown, this time by the quarterback Terry Wilson.
UofL caught a bit of luck when Malik Cunningham scampered past the defense for a 75-yard TD run to narrow the gap, but the Cats came right back. Wilson engineered a 7-play, 77-yard drive capped off by 24-yard TD run by Snell.
After the Cards added a field goal on the following possession, UK tacked on two more touchdowns before halftime. The first was a 28-yard strike from Wilson to Lynn Bowden to give the Cats a 28-10 lead. Wilson and Bowden hooked up one more time before the half with a 13-yard touchdown giving UK a 35-10 halftime lead.
The second half saw Louisville lose Cunningham to injury and he was replaced by Sean McCormack. McCormack didn’t give UofL fans anything to cheer about, as his first snap resulted in a sack by the SEC leader Josh Allen.
Terry Touchdown lived up to his name with another touchdown pass, this time to Josh Ali early in the fourth quarter. AJ Rose added a 75-yard exclamation mark with a touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to put the Cats on top 49-10.
Gunnar Hoak came in for mop up duty late in the fourth quarter and freshman running back Kavosiey Smoke rumbled 35 yards for his first career touchdown to put a cap on the Cats victory. Kentucky smashed Louisville 56-10.
Is there any doubt who’s getting tonight’s MVP award tonight?
Terry Wilson was clicking on all cylinders and showed everyone that he’s more than just a running quarterback. Terry Touchdown made plays with his arm and his legs and he’ll take home the MVP from tonight’s Governor’s Cup.
Wilson had 79 rushing yards and threw for an additional 261 yards. He ran for one touchdown and threw for three more to help UK to their ninth victory of the season, the most under head coach Mark Stoops and the most wins for the Wildcats football program since 1984. The nine regular season wins is the most since 1977.
This was the last regular season game for several Wildcats, including Josh Allen, Mike Edwards, and Darius West. It’s also likely the last regular season game for Benny Snell, who finished the game with 100 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.