Led by a pair of 100-yard rushing performances from Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright and a highly efficient outing from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 25th-ranked Louisville football team made sure the Governor’s Cup stayed in the Howard Schnellenberger Complex with a dominating 32-14 win over rival Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Perry ran for 108 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, while Wright had 105 yards on 22 rushes and three touchdowns as the Cardinals finished with a 219-93 advantage in rushing yards. Winning its second straight game against UK, Louisville was directed by Bridgewater, who threw for 232 yards on 19-of-21 passing.
Defensively, Hakeem Smith led the Cardinals with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, while Calvin Pryor added nine tackles. A complete recap of Sunday’s game with stats, notes, quotes, video highlights, press conference video and photos are available here at UofLsports.com.
- Sunday’s game was played in front of a Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium record crowd of 55,386. The previous record of 55,327 was set in 2010 against Kentucky.
- The Cardinals moved to 11-14 all-time against Kentucky, 4-6 in Louisville. In Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville holds a 4-4 record against the Wildcats.
- Louisville owns a 9-6 record when opening the season against Kentucky.
- All-time in season-openers, the Cardinals are 50-39-5 and have won 11 of their last 14 contests.
- When scoring more than 20 points in a game under the direction of Charlie Strong, the Cardinals’ record is 14-4. When holding opponents to 20 or fewer points, Louisville boasts a 10-3 mark under Strong.
- Jeremy Wright became the first Louisville running back with three rushing touchdowns since Brock Bolen registered three versus MTSU in 2008.
- Today’s game marked the first time Louisville has had two running backs register at least 100 yards apiece since the Cardinals’ win over Arkansas State on Oct. 2, 2010. That day, Bilal Powell tallied 162 yards and Victor Anderson had 109.