Yesterday was a rainy and cold day out at Kroger Field, but the Kentucky Wildcats behind Lynn Bowden, Chris Rodriguez, a dominating offensive line and a tough defense, handily defeated the Louisville Cardinals to keep the Governor’s Cup in Lexington with a 45-13 victory.
This is the first time the Cats have had consecutive victories in the rivalry since the four-year stretch from 2007-2010. Yesterday’s victory also gives Kentucky a victory over the Cards in three of the last four meetings and brings the all-time series to 17-15, favoring the team in Blue.
Interestingly enough, this was also the first victory in Lexington over the Cards during the Mark Stoops era.
Like several of you, I made the trip to Lexington yesterday after scoring some tickets last minute. It looked like it was going to be a really slim crowd with 10 minutes until kickoff, but the crowd filtered in and while it wasn’t a great home crowd for a home game against Louisville with a shot to get a seventh win, the crowd was better than expected considering the weather was probably the worst we’ve had for a home game considering the temperature and the constant rain.
But it was a unique experience and it’s a game that anyone who was there—and even those who weren’t—will remember for a long time thanks to the historic performance by Lynn Bowden.
We should really appreciate Bowden after he likely played his last game in Lexington. That guy is a special one-of-a-kind talent that doesn’t come around to Lexington very often, and we may just look back and view him as possibly one of the best all-around athletes to come through this program.
Now it’s on to guessing where the Cats will be sent for a bowl game. If I’m making my prediction, I think we’ll see Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, but the Music City Bowl in Nashville is on the table. Either would be solid options, in my opinion.
Now on to your morning headlines...
Tweets of the Day
4 minutes, 35 seconds of #GovernorsCup winning highlights#BringIt pic.twitter.com/qNUaO6SWmv— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) November 30, 2019
A look back at all the big plays from Saturday.
Ed Orgeron is going to win SEC Coach of the Year. But Mark Stoops losing his top three QB's, putting a wide receiver in at QB, completely re-vamping his offense on the fly, and going 5-2 is one of the more incredible coaching jobs I can ever remember. INCREDIBLE job by that staff— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) November 30, 2019
Not to mention losing Benny Snell, Josh Allen, and your entire starting secondary from last season also.
Lynn Bowden’s (likely) farewell show was one for the ages - Herald Leader
Lynn had a performance that won’t be soon forgotten.
Bowden becomes 9th Kentucky player to reach 1,000 yards in a season - Cats Pause
A major feat considering he started the year at wide receiver.
What we learned from the win - Courier Journal
Kentucky’s defense proved themselves in a huge way.
Saturday’s win shows what Mark Stoops has built at Kentucky - Herald Leader
This Thanksgiving weekend, I’m thankful that Mark Stoops is Kentucky’s coach.
Kentucky sent a message on the recruiting trail - KSR
UK and UL battle for several recruits. Kentucky scored a victory off the field on Saturday too.
UK Volleyball wins 2019 SEC Championship - UK Athletics
A big day for the Volleyball team with their third straight conference championship.
Auburn upsets Bama in a crazy rivalry week - ESPN
Bama’s playoff hopes were dashed after a crazy game at Auburn.
Harden scores 60 in three quarters - Bleacher Report
If the Hawks would’ve kept it close, who knows how many points he would’ve scored.