UofL ends regular season on a high note with thriller over UK

12/01/2014 06:03 AM

When it comes to rivalry games, many have learned to expect the unexpected. But what happened Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium likely went far beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Kentucky, riding a five-game losing streak, took the Governor’s Cup game by storm, jumping out to a 13-0 lead. Then Reggie Bonnafon scrambled and went down with an injury. The Cards’ starting quarterback was helped off the field and would not return.

Many in the crowd looked stunned, and UK had all the momentum.

Kyle Bolin, a redshirt freshman quarterback, entered the game for Louisville. On his first play, Bolin threw a 10-yard completion to Eli Rogers on a critical third down. A play later, the Lexington-native found DeVante Parker all alone for a 45-yard touchdown pass.

The Cards were still down 13-7, but the game changed. UofL and UK proceeded to exchange blows, with four lead changes taking place in the fourth quarter alone.

When it looked like Louisville might finally escape with a win, Kentucky surged back. Boom Williams scored a go-ahead touchdown with 5:31 remaining in the game, and it appeared the Cats would hoist the Governor’s Cup.

But Kyle Bolin was not done. The rarely used, third-string quarterback led the Cards on a seven play, 81-yard drive that was capped off with a Brandon Radcliff touchdown run. UofL took the lead back for good and won by a final score of 44-40.

To put a cherry on top, Gerod Holliman picked off UK’s Patrick Towles in the game’s final minute. The interception gave Holliman his 14th on the season, tying the NCAA record.

With the win, Louisville finished the regular season at 9-3 despite losing both its first and second-string quarterbacks along the way. The first season with Bobby Petrino back as the Cards head coach might not have gone exactly as scripted, but it has been one that both the team and fans can be proud of.


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