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Highlights, MVP, and Twitter reactions to Wildcats’ thrilling win at Louisville

The Governor’s Cup is coming back to Lexington, thanks in large part to JJ Weaver.

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Entering the final game of the regular season at 6-5, the Kentucky Wildcats have had a disappointing season, to say the least.

However, that final game came against the Louisville Cardinals in the Governor’s Cup, giving the Wildcats a chance to beat a top-10 Louisville team and salvage some program momentum.

Body language-wise, the Wildcats looked ready to play. However, it was a poor start by all three units as Louisville went up 7-0. Thanks to Deone Walker, Kentucky earned a short field position on their next possession and took advantage to tie the game 7-7, as freshman Khamari Anderson hurdled a defender and Dane Key made one of the best catches of the year.

Louisville took a 10-7 lead going into the half. However, it could have easily been tied. The difference is that Louisville was able to convert while in field goal position, while Kentucky took a sack and was pushed out.

The Cardinals received the ball to start the second half and dominated the drive on their way to a score, taking a 17-7 lead, taking a 17-7 lead. Kentucky had their opportunities to get a stop but allowed a third-and-long conversion, and ultimately the score on 4th and goal.

Just when Kentucky needed to respond, Barion Brown answered with a 100-yard touchdown return on the kickoff and a big L’s down celebration, making it 17-14 and putting the Cats back in the game.

Over the next three minutes, both teams scored again to make it 24-21. After recovering a Louisville fumble, the Cats had the ball at the Louisville 48-yard line with an excellent opportunity to take the lead early in the fourth quarter. Yet, they had to settle for a field goal to tie the game 24-24 with just over ten minutes remaining.

Then Louisville fumbled AGAIN on their next possession, giving Kentucky the ball on the edge of the 25-yard line, and Devin Leary hit Ray Davis for a 20-yard touchdown to take the lead.

Kentucky’s defense would then get a 4th-down stop the following drive, but a brutal Leary interception put the Cards at the UK 25, and they punched it in to tie the game with just over two minutes left.

Thankfully, Leary redeemed himself by leading Kentucky down the field, and the Cats capped off the drive with a 37-yard touchdown run by Davis to go back ahead 38-31 with a minute left.

Then, in the closing seconds, Jordan Lovett intercepted a Jack Plummer pass in the UK end zone, and Leary took a knee to run out the clock to give Kentucky a season-defining 38-31 victory.

That was one for the ages, and boy was it a special win for Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats in what was their highest-ranked win (in terms of the College Football Playoff rankings) during his time in Lexington.


Barion Brown put up a lot of L’s down and backed up his play, but linebacker JJ Weaver recovered two fumbles at the most critical point of the game. For a player who has struggled for much of the season to come up with two plays that played a big part in his last game at Kentucky, he deserves the MVP of the game.

Also, shoutouts to Ray Davis and Deone Walker. Those guys were studs today and could have easily been named MVP.

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