UofL FOOTBALL | Kentucky Upsets #11 Cardinals in Governor's Cup Thriller

11/26/2016 05:57 PM

The Kentucky Wildcats shocked the home crowd at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium by upsetting the #11 Louisville Cardinals 41-38 Saturday afternoon.

It’s the first win for Kentucky (7-5) over Louisville (9-3) in the Governor’s Cup since 2010.

The difference in the game came inside the final 20 seconds when UK kicker Austin MacGinnis made a 47-yard field goal, giving the Wildcats the win.

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson was named MVP of the game, winning the Howard Schnellenberger Award. Johnson finished the game going 16-27 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception through the air. On the ground, Johnson led the Wildcats with 83 rushing yards on eight carries.

Johnson also led the game-winning drive that set up the game-winning field goal. The final UK drive went for 60 yards in seven plays in 1:33.

Kentucky’s final drive was set up by a Lamar Jackson (UofL) fumble at the Kentucky 10-yard-line that UK’s Courtney Lee recovered.

Kentucky finished the game with 581 total yards of offense, 352 passing yards and 229 rushing yards.

Another offensive player with a big game other than Stephen Johnson was Garrett Johnson. The wide receiver caught five passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

On the other side of the ball, Louisville was led by quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Heisman front-runner went 16-25 for 281 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions. On the ground, Jackson 171 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

During the game, Jackson broke the ACC record for touchdowns in a season. Jackson now has accounted for 51 total touchdowns this season.

Both Kentucky and Louisville now await their respective bowl fates.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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