Sunday’s matchup will be the 25th all-time on the gridiron between Louisville and Kentucky. The Cardinals regained possession of the Governor’s Cup and snapped a four-game losing skid in the series with last year’s 24-17 victory in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Overall, Louisville trails 14-10 in the series, but the Cardinals are 10-8 since the two schools resumed playing in 1994.
- Louisville is 3-4 all-time against UK at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium having dropped the last two home contests to the Wildcats. The Cardinals’ last home win in the series was a 59-28 victory in 2006.
- In the last meeting between the two programs in PJCS, the Cardinals’ dropped a 23-16 decision in 2010 in the home debut of Strong. Under head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville is 1-1 against the Wildcats.
- Louisville holds an 8-6 advantage when the game is played as the season-opener.
Memorable Moments in the Louisville-Kentucky Series
- U of L 24, UK 17 (9/17/2011 – Commonwealth Stadium): Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes to lead the Cardinals to a victory that ended a four-game losing streak in the annual showdown. It was the first win over the Wildcats for Charlie Strong as the head coach of Louisville and it was the Cardinals’ seventh win at Commonwealth Stadium.
- U of L 59, UK 28 (9/3/2006 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Louisville scored on five of its first six possessions to take a commanding 31-0 lead on its way to a dominating season-opening win. In his final game as a Cardinal, Michael Bush ran for 128 yards and three scores before suffering a season-ending injury early in the third quarter. In a season which capped with a BIG EAST title and a win in the Orange Bowl, the Cardinals used the rivalry game as a springboard into the national spotlight.
- U of L 36, UK 10 (9/1/2001 – Commonwealth Stadium): Dave Ragone threw for 368 yards and three touchdowns to lead Louisville to its largest margin of victory ever over the Wildcats in Lexington. Ragone completed 21 of 34 passes, including a career-best 82-yard strike to Zek Parker on the third play of the game, as the Cardinals beat UK for the third straight year.
- U of L 40, UK 34 – OT (9/2/2000 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Tony Stallings’ burst up the middle on Louisville’s first play of overtime gave the Cardinals a dramatic win in what remains the only game in Governor’s Cup history to continue into overtime. After Anthony Floyd intercepted Jared Lorenzen’s pass on the first possession of overtime, Stallings then dashed 25 yards untouched on the next play for the winning score, unleashing a wild celebration.
- U of L 13, UK 10 (9/2/1995 – Commonwealth Stadium): Calvin Arrington’s one-yard touchdown run with 1:29 remaining provided the winning margin as the Cardinals won in Commonwealth Stadium for the first time. Arrington finished the day with 133 yards rushing on 37 carries and added 37 receiving yards on six catches.