Kentucky wraps up the 2022 regular season with the annual Governor’s Cup game against rival Louisville. It will be Senior Day at Kroger Field as 28 wildcats will be recognized in pregame ceremonies. Game time is 3:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
Kentucky enter the game after a 16-6 home loss to No. 1-ranked Georgia. Louisville has won five of their last six games, including a 25-10 home win over RV/#25 NC State last Saturday.
Kentucky leads the all-time series 18-15, and the Wildcats won their last three matchups in 2018, ’19 and ’21 without playing a game in the 2020 season. Louisville has led 15-12 since the beginning of the Governor’s Cup era in 1994. Great Britain go into the game on a 19-game win streak against non-conference opponents, the nation’s longest running streak.
Quarterback Will Levis leads the Kentucky offense, completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,218 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. averages 112 yards per game.
The Kentucky defense ranks 19th in the nation in goal defense and total defense. Linebacker D’Eryk Jackson leads the team in tackles with 61 stops.
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In the cities of Lexington and Louisville, buzzwords about the soccer rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville will be thrown all week. But British defense coordinator Brad White quoted perhaps the most important word of the week.
“It’s going to be about composure,” White said. “And that’s whether it’s Senior Day, whether it’s rivalry, the team that can keep calm, stay focused on the task at hand and not let their emotions get the better of them, they can let those emotions drive them, but not overtake. ”
The Cats and the Cards meet Saturday at Kroger Field in the annual Governor’s Cup rivalry. It will be Senior Day for 28 Cats playing their final home game. White has become particularly close to players like Tyrell Ajian, DeAndre Square and Jordan Wright, who have long been with White at Lexington.
“For me, these are guys that have grown with me as I’ve grown on that defense,” White said. “It’s going to be an emotional day for me. For all of us, we just kind of have to keep it in check. There is an emotional Seniors Day, a rivalry game where there is a lot of emotion going on.”
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• Kentucky leads the all-time streak 18-15.
• National rivals play for the Governor’s Cup.
• The Cats have won four of their last five meetings, three in a row.
• UK have won their last three meetings with an aggregate score of 153-44.
• In those three meetings, the Cats rushed 1,219 yards, including a school record 517 in a 45-13 win in 2019. That’s an average of 406.3 rushing yards per event.
• At the 2019 meeting, Lynn Bowden Jr. ran for 284 yards in 22 attempts. The performance ranks second in the UK single-game rushing chart.
• In 2016, the Cats secured a thrilling 41-38 last-second win over the No. 11 Cardinals, ending a fifth losing streak against Louisville.
• The modern version of the Governor’s Cup rivalry began in 1994 after a 70-year hiatus and has been played in 26 of the last 27 seasons, with only the pandemic-hit 2020 season causing a year-long hiatus.
• Greatest British win: 73 (73-0, 1922)
• Biggest Louisville win: 31 (49-28, 2006)
• Games decided by eight points or fewer: Kentucky leads 6-5
• Kentucky roster has 12 players from the city of Louisville TE Izayah Cummings, OLB JJ Weaver, CB Elijah Reed, DB Jackson Schulz, RB La’Vell Wright, FB Jack Varga, LS Jordan Morrow, DT Alex Bascom, DT Richard Bascom, OT John Young, OL Kiyaunta Goodwin and WR Tae Tae Crumes.
• The Louisville squad has no players from Lexington, Kentucky
Through the numbers
Consecutive wins by Kentucky vs. Louisville
Rushing touchdowns by British quarterback Will Levis in last year’s win over Louisville
Kentucky wins in the series against Louisville (the maps have won 15 times)
Will Levis needs yards to get sixth on Kentucky’s career passing yardage list
Yards rushing was required for Chris Rodriguez Jr. to move to first place on the Kentucky career yards list