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Louisville 44, Kentucky 40: Wildcats lose Governor's Cup battle

Despite staying within striking distance for much of the game, Kentucky could not get over their in-state rival, as Louisville won the Governor's Cup for the fourth consecutive season.

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For the fourth consecutive season, the Kentucky Wildcats find themselves on the losing end in the duel for the Governor's Cup.

Led by a 381-yard, 3 touchdown performance by quarterback Kyle Bolin, the Louisville Cardinals upended their in-state rivals to the tune of 44-40. The loss drops Kentucky to 5-7 on the season, as they once again are on the outside looking in for bowl season.

Kentucky was not trounced or trumped by any sort of measure. They jumped out to an early 13-0 lead after two field goals and a touchdown run by Stanley Williams. After losing the lead at the end of the first half, Kentucky showed some resiliency and stormed back ahead in the 4th quarter after another 13-0 run. This time, it came after a Mike Douglas fumble return, which put the 'Cats up 33-28.

Bolin would then find the dynamic DaVante Parker for a touchdown pass, and put up a field goal afterwards to extend the lead to 37-33. Mark Stoops' didn't quit though, as Stanley Williams once again found the end zone just one minute later.

To Big Blue Nation's chagrin, Louisville's Brandon Radcliff put the Cards ahead with a four-yard run in the waning moments of the ball game. The 'Ville would put themselves in front 44-40, and that would be a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Quarterback Patrick Towles was serviceable on Saturday afternoon. Despite throwing two interceptions, never once finding the end zone, and having a completion percentage under 50.0 percent, he kept cool and helped his fellow Wildcats stay within striking distance throughout the contest.

The hallmark for the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon was their ability to stop the run. Louisville averaged just 2.1 yards per carry, despite the fact that they were able to get three touchdowns on the ground. Michael Dyer, former Auburn Tiger, amassed just six yards on on seven carries. Radcliff amassed 67 yards whilst running 21 times in the game.