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Kash Daniel really enjoyed breaking Louisville

“We wanted to come out and dominate for 60 minutes and force them to quit.”

Kash Daniel Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

When the Kentucky Wildcats’ were on defense last night, as they faced up against their rival the Louisville Cardinals for the Governor’s Cup, they had one goal and one goal only in mind according to Junior Linebacker Kash Daniel:

“We were just trying to break their will. We wanted to come out and dominate for 60 minutes and force them to quit,” exclaimed Daniel. “Coming out and dominating like we did tonight, there is no better feeling.”

Kentucky held Louisville to 10 points and only one touchdown on the night. They ran only 46 plays on offense with 305 total yards of offense, only 79 of those yards came from passing. Kentucky also shut down Louisville when it was most important, they held the Cardinals to 2 of 11 on third down conversions and 0-2 on fourth down conversions.

Daniel was the leader in the tackles category, as he had eight tackles on the night. Kentucky’s defense was superb outside of a 75 yard sprint for a touchdown by quarterback Malik Cunningham for Louisville in the first quarter.

Louisville had four drives that ended with three-and-outs, two more drives were stalled out when they failed to convert on fourth down.

One would assume that Kentucky’s defense was being driven in this rivalry due mostly to get some revenge from the 44-17 loss that the Wildcats sustained last year in Lexington.

“We got pretty embarrassed last year, not only with the scoreboard, but our actions on the field with the fight,” he said. “We came in tonight with a new outlook, a new mindset, a new attitude to just go out and play ball, and everything would take care of itself.

“I think we did that tonight, and it feels pretty good to repay the favor. It felt good to get this win the way we did.”

With this victory over Louisville, Kentucky reaches nine wins in a season for the first time since 1977, which is two decades before Daniel was born.

“Best record in 40 years, to be a part of that is truly special,” Daniel said. “It’s something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. The guys that I play with, I love every single one of them. I wish the seniors didn’t have to leave, because it’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing football.”

The best line from Daniel came during the postgame radio show, where Daniel went into detail on how it felt for Kentucky to break their biggest rival:

“You know that high school team that knows they can’t beat you, so they just try to fight you? That’s who we just played.”

It’s safe to say this was one of the most gratifying wins of the Mark Stoops era, and his team enjoyed every bit of it.

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